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Q. What is Avista requesting?

A. Avista filed a request with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (Commission) on Feb. 19, 2016, to increase electric and natural gas base rates. The main driver in filing the requests is the continuing need to maintain, update and replace the facilities and equipment we use every day to serve you, our customer. The filing also proposes an 18-month rate plan, with new rates taking effect Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018. This request will be reviewed by the Commission, who will set rates.

 2017

Electric

The filing includes:

·        a request for a 7.6 percent increase in revenues

·        a request to increase the monthly basic charge from $8.50  to $9.50

 

 

Bill:

A residential customer using an average of 957 kilowatt hours per month could expect to see, if approved:

·        A total billed increase of $6.83 per month or 8.2 percent

·        A revised monthly bill of $89.62

Natural Gas

The filing includes:

·        a request for a 2.8 percent increase in revenues

·        a request to increase the monthly basic charge from $9.00 to $9.50

 

 

Bill:

A residential customer using an average of 66 therms per month could expect to see, if approved:

·        A total billed increase of $2.13 per month or 3.5  percent

·        A revised monthly bill of $63.50

 

 2018

Electric

The filing includes:

·        a request for a 3.9 percent increase in revenues

·        a request to offset that increase with Energy Recovery Mechanism (ERM) dollars for the January through June 2018 time period

 

Bill:

Under the proposal, residential electric customers would not experience a billed rate increase on Jan. 1, 2018 due to a rebate related to the ERM. The ERM rebate would offset the residential base rate increase of 4.2 percent for January through June 2018.

 

 

Natural Gas

The filing includes:

·        a request for a 2.8 percent increase in revenues

·         no change to the monthly basic charge

 

 

 

Bill:

A residential customer using an average of 66 therms per month could expect to see, if approved:

·        A total billed increase of $0.79 per month or 1.2  percent

·        A revised monthly bill of $64.29

 

Q. Why is Avista requesting to increase rates?

A. The main driver in the requests is the ongoing investments in our electric and natural gas system. There is a continuing need to maintain, update and replace the facilities and equipment we use every day to serve you, our customer. These investments include updating substations, replacing equipment like wood poles and transformers and upgrading natural gas pipelines. Other improvements driving the request include maintenance of hydroelectric generation facilities like Nine Mile and Little Falls dams and technology upgrades.

 

Q. Are costs related to the 2015 windstorm included in this request?

A. A portion of this rate request is to recover costs to replace equipment and infrastructure like the poles, wires and transformers that were damaged or destroyed in the November 2015 windstorm that devastated our electric system. You should know storm expenses will not be recovered all at once but rather spread out over many years—similar to how other infrastructure costs are included in rates.

 

Q. When will my bill increase?

A. Once a rate request is filed, the Commission has up to 11 months to review and make a decision. During this time, the Commission will review our costs, review relevant data and listen to public comments. With this information, they will approve rates they feel are reasonable and fair for you and Avista.   

 

Q. Who decides if and how much my bill will increase?

A. Avista is a regulated utility which means we cannot increase or decrease rates without approval by the Commission. After reviewing Avista’s request and costs, relevant data and listening to the public, the Commission will approve rates they believe are reasonable and fair to customers and Avista.

 

Q. Is executive pay included in my rates?

A. Yes. Salaries and bonuses of all officers are less than one-half of a penny of every dollar paid in rates. Rate dollars go toward many things that ensure you have the energy you need, including systems that allow us to generate and purchase as well as deliver energy to customers. You can read more about executive salaries here.

 

Q. What do our rates pay for?

A. Rates for electric and natural gas customers cover two types of costs:

1.    the cost of generating or purchasing energy

2.    the cost of delivering that energy to customers

 

The main drivers of this rate request are continued and increased capital investments. These capital investments strengthen Avista’s ability to generate and deliver reliable energy to customers. Below are some of the large, multi-year projects that are included in the rate requests.

 Little Falls Powerhouse Redevelopment

Our Little Falls dam has been generating renewable, low-cost power for more than 100 years, with equipment ranging from 60 to more than 100 years old. This multi-year project is replacing the unreliable equipment and modernizing the station service so that we can continue to provide reliable service for our customers. In 2016, work is underway to disassemble the second of four generating units and reassemble with new equipment, as well as the installation of a new downstream warning system. 

 

Nine Mile Dam Project

We are in the midst of a multi-year project to rehabilitate the Nine Mile Powerhouse, which is 108-years-old. The project is underway to replace turbine-generator units, and other equipment that will increase the generation of clean, renewable, low-cost power.  In 2013, the last two (of four) original turbine-generating units were removed to make way for the new, more efficient units. Work in the powerhouse to install the new units began in 2014 along with a new warehouse, barge dock and crane pad.

   

 

 

Natural Gas Pipe Replacement

Avista continues a major project to systematically replace portions of older natural gas distribution pipe. The project is replacing hundreds of miles of natural gas pipeline to support a continuation of reliable service for our customers. In 2016, work will take place across all three states we serve, including Spokane, WA, Genesee, ID, Klamath Falls, OR and more. Learn more about this work and view all locations scheduled for 2016 here.

 

 

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)

Avista continues to invest in modernizing our grid to meet current and future energy needs. In 2016, Avista is planning for the future deployment of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) in Washington. This multi-year AMI project includes installation of advanced meters in the future.

Advanced meters allow for two-way communication between Avista and customers. The technology creates the foundation for future customer benefits, including faster outage detection and restoration of service, plus near real-time energy use information and energy usage alerts. These capabilities will allow customers to better understand and manage their energy use.

 

You can learn more about rates and the rate-making process here.

 

 

 

 

 

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