SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 1, 2015
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State of other jurisdiction of
1411 East Mission Avenue, Spokane, Washington
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code:
Web site: http://www.avistacorp.com
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Section 8 – Other Events
Item 8.01 Other Events.
On June 1, 2015, Avista Corporation (Avista Corp. or the Company) filed electric and natural gas general rates cases with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC). The filed general rate cases include two-year rate plans with requested rate increases in 2016 and 2017.
Effective January 1, 2016, Avista Corp. has requested an overall increase in billed electric rates of 5.2 percent (designed to increase annual electric revenues by $13.2 million) and an overall increase in billed natural gas rates of 5.8 percent (designed to increase annual natural gas revenues by $3.2 million).
Effective January 1, 2017, Avista Corp. has requested an overall increase in billed electric rates of 5.1 percent (designed to increase annual electric revenues by $13.7 million) and an overall increase in billed natural gas rates of 2.5 percent (designed to increase annual natural gas revenues by $1.7 million).
Avista Corp.'s requests are based on a proposed rate of return on rate base of 7.62 percent with a common equity ratio of 50 percent and a 9.9 percent return on equity.
Included in the general rate case filings are proposed electric and natural gas fixed cost adjustment mechanisms (FCA). The FCAs are decoupling mechanisms designed to break the link between a utility's revenues and a consumer’s energy usage. The Company’s revenues, based on kilowatt-hour and therm sales, vary, up or down, from the levels included in a general rate case. This could be due to changes in conservation, weather or the economy.
Under the proposed FCA mechanisms, the Company’s electric and natural gas revenues would be adjusted each month to reflect revenues based on the number of customers, rather than kilowatt-hour and therm sales. The difference between revenues based on sales and revenues based on the number of customers would result in either surcharges or rebates to customers in the following year.
The IPUC has up to nine months to review the filings and issue a decision.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
June 5, 2015
/s/ Mark T. Thies
Mark T. Thies
Senior Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer