On December 29, 2008, the commission entered its Final Order approving and adopting the Multi-party Settlement Stipulation entered into among Avista, the Commission's Staff, Northwest Industrial Gas Users, and The Energy Project, and in part, the Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities as a reasonable resolution of Avista's request for increases in electric and natural gas rates.
The Settlement resolves the issue of what rates consumers will pay commencing January 1, 2009, for electric and natural gas service provided by Avista. The commission finds reasonable the parties' agreed $32.5 million, or 9.1 percent rate increase, in annual electric revenues, and a $4.8 million, or 2.4 percent, rate increase in annual natural gas revenues. The commission requires Avista to file electric service and natural gas service tariff sheets in compliance with the terms and conditions of the Settlement.
BACKGROUND: Avista Corporation d/b/a Avista Utilities (Avista) on March 4, 2008, filed with the commission revisions to its currently effective electric and gas tariffs designed to effect a general rate increase for electric and gas service. Avista requests an electric rate increase of $36.6 million, or 10.3 percent, and a gas rate increase of $6.6 million or 3.3 percent.
On September 16, 2008, Avista, the commission's regulatory staff, Northwest Industrial Gas Users, and the Energy Project filed a Multi-party Settlement Stipulation resolving all disputed issues between those parties. The Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities, joined in part, but not all, of the Settlement terms and conditions. The Public Counsel Section of the Office of the Attorney General did not agree to the terms and conditions of the Settlement.
The commission held evidentiary hearings in this matter beginning November 6, 2008, at 9:30 a.m., and continued thereafter, as necessary, beginning at 9:30 a.m., on November 7, 2008 at commission's headquarters in Olympia, Washington. (Docket 080416, see "Documents" link below for more information).
The Commission held two public comment hearing sessions in Pullman and Spokane on September 18, 2008, for members of the public to comment orally on the record in these proceedings. The locations were as follows:
|12:00 p.m. (noon) in Pullman:|
SEL Event Center
1825 Schweitzer Drive
|6:00 p.m. in Spokane:|
Spokane Masonic Center
1108 W. Riverside Avenue
For more information, please contact Danny Kermode at (360) 664-1253 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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