Idaho - Rate Requests
Settlement Agreement Reached in Idaho General Rate Request
In October 2017, Avista and multiple parties in the general rate cases reached a settlement agreement that has been submitted to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission for its consideration. This settlement has not yet been approved.
General Rate Request Filed in Idaho
On June 9, we filed an electric and natural gas rate case with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC or Commission) to recover costs related to infrastructure, system maintenance, technology and power supply. If approved, this would change the price customers pay for the energy they use.
You expect your energy to be there when you need it, and to meet these expectations, we're continually investing in our systems to maintain reliability, and deliver value that leaves you satisfied, all at a reasonable cost.
We know you want rates that are fair and reasonable, and so do we. What does this request mean for you?
The specifics of why we've made these requests, what the requests could mean for your bill, and when the requests may take effect can be found in the links below.
Information About the Filing
Frequently Asked Questions
On June, 9 2017, Avista filed an electric and natural gas rate case with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC or Commission) to recover costs related to infrastructure, system maintenance, technology and power supply. If approved this would change the price customers pay for the energy they use.
The electric and natural general rate case is primarily driven by continued infrastructure and system maintenance and other capital investments.
All requests to change energy prices will be reviewed by the Commission, who then sets rates.
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Based on average monthly usage of 910 kilowatt hours per month
Based on average monthly usage of 61 therms per month
These requests are made to align customer rates with Avista’s costs of providing service to our customers.
The main drivers of this rate request are ongoing capital investments. These include upgrades and maintenance of generation facilities, transmission and distribution equipment, natural gas, pipe, and technology.
Our rates are cost-based, meaning that the costs included in customer rates reflect the costs of the equipment when installed decades ago. When we replace or update old equipment with new equipment, it can cost many times more than when it was installed. This is the primary reason for our rate requests.
The Commission will decide when and if bills will change. Once a general rate request is filed, the Commission has up to nine months to make a decision. During this time, the Commission will review our costs, review relevant information and listen to the public. With this information, they will set rates they believe are reasonable and fair.
The proposal is a two-year rate plan for calendar years 2018 and 2019, with new rates taking effect Jan. 1, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2019. This plan would create a stay-out period where Avista would not file a new general rate case for a new rate plan to be effective prior to Jan. 1, 2020. This would provide customers with some predictability in their expected future energy prices.
Rates for electric and natural gas customers cover two types of costs:
- the cost of generating or purchasing energy
- the cost of delivering that energy to customers
The main drivers of the general rate request are continued capital investments. These capital investments strengthen Avista’s ability to generate and deliver reliable energy to customers. Below are some examples of infrastructure and system investments that are included in the requests.
- Generator maintenance at the Kettle Falls biomass plant on equipment at the end of its expected life that will ensure uninterrupted and efficient generation and operations.
- The ongoing project to systematically replace portions of natural gas distribution pipe, including hundreds of miles of natural gas distribution lines in Avista’s service area that were installed prior to 1987 as well as replacement of other natural gas service equipment.
- Transmission and distribution system and asset maintenance, such as wood pole replacements, feeder upgrades, substation and transmission line rebuilds and replacement/repair of equipment that is no longer operating as it should to maintain reliability for our customers.
- Technology upgrades that support necessary business processes and operational efficiencies that allow Avista to effectively manage the utility and serve customers. We’ve also completely refreshed our website so that it is easier to use, provides relevant information and is easily accessible on mobile devices. Earlier this year we implemented a new payment experience through the website that has streamlined this process for thousands of customers.