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January 05, 2018

WASHINGTON COMMISSION TRIMS PUGET SOUND ENERGY RATE INCREASE

On December 5, 2017, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“Commission”) issued its final order in Puget Sound Energy’s (“PSE”) 2017 general rate case. Davison Van Cleve represented the Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities...

January 05, 2018

OREGON COMMISSION APPROVES RATE REDUCTION FOR PGE'S LARGEST CUSTOMERS

On December 18, 2017, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (“Commission”) issued its final order in Portland General Electric Company’s (“PGE”) 2017 general rate case. Davison Van Cleve represented the Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities (“ICNU”) in the proceeding.....

January 04, 2018

SIGNIFICANT RATE REDUCTION ORDERED FOR NEVADA POWER

On December 29, 2017, the Public Utility Commission of Nevada (“Commission”) approved its final order in Nevada Power Company’s (“NPC”) 2017 general rate case.  Davison Van Cleve represented the Smart Energy Alliance (“SEA”) in...

November 02, 2017

OPUC APPROVES RATEPAYER ADVOCATE ADJUSTMENTS IN 2018 TAM

On November 1, 2017, the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (“OPUC” or the “Commission”) approved PacifiCorp’s (or the “Company”) 2018 net power costs (“NPC”) forecast in Docket UE 323, the Company’s annual Transition Adjustment Mechanism (“TAM”) proceeding in which both […]

October 17, 2017

WUTC ISSUES FINAL ORDER ON NET REMOVAL TARIFF REVISIONS PROPOSED BY PACIFIC POWER

On October 12, 2017, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“Commission”) issued a Final Order rejecting Pacific Power’s (the “Company”) proposed revisions to its currently effective net removal tariff, which governs permanent disconnections of customers from the Company’s system.  The […]

September 08, 2017

OPUC GRANTS “LIMITED APPROVAL” FOR PACIFICORP’S 2017 RFP

At a Special Public Meeting on August 29, 2017, the Public Utilities Commission of Oregon (“OPUC” or “Commission”) favored a “limited approval” of PacifiCorp’s (or the “Company”) 2017 Draft Request for Proposal (“RFP”) for new Wyoming wind resources.  More precisely, […]

August 25, 2017

WUTC Rejects Avista Corporation's Request for Power Cost Rate Adjustment

On August 15, 2017, The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“WUTC” or “Commission”) issued an order fully rejecting Avista Corporation’s (“Avista” or the “Company”) request for an electric rate increase in its Power Cost Rate Adjustment (“PCRA”) filing, in which […]

August 08, 2017

BPA ISSUES A FINAL ROD IN THE BP-18 RATE CASE

On July 26, 2017, Bonneville Power Administration (“BPA”) Administrator Elliot Mainzer issued his Final Record of Decision (“Final ROD”) in the BP-18 rate case proceeding. BPA’s Priority Firm (“PF”) Tier one power rates will increase by about 2.7% annually, or around 5.4% over the BP-18 rate period— [...]

April 28, 2017

COURT OF APPEALS AFFIRMS WUTC DECISION IN 2013 PACIFICORP RATE CASE

On April 27, 2016, the Washington State Court of Appeals issued its decision in PacifiCorp’s (or the “Company”) appeal of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission’s (“Commission”) final order in the Company’s 2013 general rate case. The decision in Case […]

March 10, 2017

OPUC ACKNOWLEDGES PACIFICORP’S 2016 RPS IMPLEMENTATION PLAN WITH CONDITIONS

At a special public meeting on January 10, 2017, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (“OPUC”) acknowledged PacifiCorp’s 2016 Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) Implementation Plan.  PacifiCorp (or the “Company”) is not seeking any major new RPS resources over the plan’s five-year […]

March 09, 2017

WUTC REJECTS AVISTA CORPORATION’S REQUEST FOR RATE INCREASE

On December 15, 2016, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“WUTC” or “Commission”) issued an order completely rejecting Avista Corporation’s request for an electric rate increase as part of its 2016 general rate case.  By a 2-1 majority, the Commission […]

January 20, 2016

AVISTA ORDERED TO REDUCE WASHINGTON RATES BY $8.1 MILLION

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“WUTC”) ordered Avista Utilities (“Avista”) to reduce Washington electric rates by $8.1 million, in a final order on Avista’s 2015 general rate case, issued January 6, 2016. The reduction comes after the WUTC found, […]

January 20, 2016

WUTC REJECTS PACIFIC POWER “ERF” CHARACTERIZATION IN NEW RATE CASE

On December 29, 2015, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“WUTC”) established a procedural schedule in Pacific Power and Light Company’s (“Pacific Power”) new rate case, Docket UE-152253. In requesting annual 2.99% rate increases, effective May 2016 and May 2017, […]

December 21, 2015

OREGON PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION REJECTS UTILITY REQUEST FOR EXTRAORDINARY POWER COST RECOVERY

On December 18, 2015, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (Commission) issued a final order rejecting a joint request from Portland General Electric Company (PGE) and PacifiCorp to recover on a dollar-for-dollar basis their variable costs of complying with Oregon’s renewable […]

December 16, 2015

PUGET SOUND ENERGY FILES 2015 INTEGRATED RESOURCE PLAN

On December 1, 2015, Puget Sound Energy (“PSE” or the “Company”) filed its 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (“IRP”) with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“Commission”). The IRP shows that the Company can meet its load obligations until 2021 through […]

October 27, 2015

INVESTIGATION OF ALTERNATIVE SECONDARY SALES FORECASTING UNDERWAY AT THE BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION (“BPA”)

On October 22, 2015, BPA launched an investigation into whether there is an alternative manner of incorporating extra-regional sales to improve BPA forecasting in the future. In the Final Record of Decision in the recent BP-16 rate case, BPA’s Administrator […]

October 01, 2015

OREGON PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION FINDS THAT THE GEORGIA-PACIFIC CAMAS MILL IS NOT A CAPTIVE PACIFICORP CUSTOMER

On September 29, 2015, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (“Commission”) issued a declaratory ruling (Docket DR 49) finding that the Georgia-Pacific Camas Mill (the “Mill”) is not a captive PacifiCorp customer and, therefore, a proposed service arrangement between the Mill […]

September 11, 2015

THE BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION (“BPA”) KICKS-OFF SOUTHERN INTERTIE PROCESS

Pursuant to BPA’s final Record of Decision (“ROD”) issued in July 2015 in the BP-16 rate case, BPA kicked-off a workshop process to evaluate potential rate and non-rate solutions to stakeholder claims concerning declining value for holders of long-term firm […]

September 11, 2015

AVISTA FILES REBUTTAL TESTIMONY IN WASHINGTON GENERAL RATE CASE

On September 4, 2015, Avista filed rebuttal testimony in its Washington general rate case which trims its proposed electric rate increase to $3.9 million—with Avista anticipating a further decrease to about $2.2 million, once power supply costs are updated in […]

September 04, 2015

PARTIES REACH FULL SETTLEMENT IN PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC RATE CASE

The parties to Portland General Electric Company’s (PGE) 2015 general rate case filed a settlement of all remaining issues with the Oregon Public Utility Commission on August 28, 2015. Despite the addition of over $500 million in rate base through […]

August 06, 2015

OREGON PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION REJECTS UTILITIES’ PROPOSAL FOR PENSION COST RECOVERY

On August 3, 2015, the Oregon Public Utility Commission issued a final order in its long-running investigation into the way utility pension costs are treated in rates. The order rejects the utilities’ proposal to include their “prepaid pension assets” in […]

July 29, 2015

RESPONSE TESTIMONY FILED IN AVISTA'S WASHINGTON GENERAL RATE CASE

On July 27, 2015, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (the “Commission”) Staff, Public Counsel, and the Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities (“ICNU”) each filed testimony in Avista’s general rate case, recommending significant adjustments to the Company’s requested electric revenue requirement. […]

July 29, 2015

BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION (“BPA”) FINAL RECORD OF DECISION (“ROD”) ISSUED

On July 23, 2015, BPA’s Administrator issued the final ROD in BP-16, BPA’s biennial power and transmission rate case. The Administrator ordered rate increases of 7.1% for Tier 1 power and 4.4% for overall transmission, including approximately 2.6% for network […]

June 15, 2015

OREGON PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION (“OPUC”) REJECTS DEER CREEK MINE SETTLEMENT

On May 27, 2015, the OPUC issued an order rejecting the partial settlement stipulation filed by PacifiCorp (or, the “Company”) and the Citizens’ Utility Board (collectively, the “Settling Parties”), regarding the Company’s decision to close the Deer Creek Mine and […]

June 15, 2015

POWER COST ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM (“PCAM”) FOR PACIFIC POWER APPROVED IN WASHINGTON

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“WUTC”) approved an unopposed settlement establishing a PCAM for Pacific Power on May 26, 2015 (with minor clarifications, including a table demonstrating the mechanics of the PCAM, approved on June 8, 2015). This PCAM […]

May 14, 2015

MULTIPARTY SETTLEMENT FILED IN AVISTA’S WASHINGTON GENERAL RATE CASE (“GRC”)

A multiparty settlement has been filed in Avista’s Washington GRC.  Along with the Company, Commission Staff, Public Counsel, ICNU, and the Northwest Industrial Gas Users are parties to an agreement that would settle issues including cost of capital, net power […]

May 14, 2015

THE WASHINGTON UTILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION (“WUTC”) CONSIDERS A POWER COST ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM (“PCAM”) FOR PACIFIC POWER

The WUTC issued a bench request seeking further information on the mechanics and supporting rationale behind a proposed PCAM for Pacific Power.  Pursuant to a Commission directive to establish a Pacific Power PCAM by the end of May 2015, the […]

April 29, 2015

BRIEFING COMPLETED IN UM 1712, PACIFICORP’S DEER CREEK MINE CLOSURE CASE

Two rounds of simultaneous briefing were completed in PacifiCorp’s Deer Creek Mine closure case.  ICNU and Oregon’s Public Utility Commission Staff each filed briefs opposing PacifiCorp’s large mine closure rate increase request, contending that the proposed tariff to affect all […]

April 13, 2015

2015 INTEGRATED RESOURCE PLAN (“IRP”) OF PACIFICORP

PacifiCorp filed its Oregon 2015 IRP on March 31, 2015.  The Company does not intend to add its next thermal resource until 2028, which is later than planned in the 2013 IRP process.  Until 2028, PacifiCorp believes that its resource […]

April 13, 2015

MODIFICATIONS PROPOSED TO PUGET SOUND ENERGY’S POWER COST ADJUSTMENT (“PCA”) MECHANISM

Puget Sound Energy (“PSE”), along with Commission Staff and Public Counsel, have filed a settlement stipulation and supporting testimony proposing to modify the Company’s PCA mechanism.  Proposed modifications include a reduced deadband level, a lower surcharge/rebate threshold trigger, and the […]

April 13, 2015

PUGET SOUND ENERGY (“PSE”) FILES ANNUAL POWER COST REPORT AND SEVERAL RATE CHANGE REQUESTS

On March 31, 2015, PSE filed its annual power cost adjustment (“PCA”) mechanism report.  The Company reports a $40.1 million under-collection based on the variance between baseline power cost rates and the actual power costs incurred in 2014.  PSE primarily […]

April 13, 2015

PUGET SOUND ENERGY (“PSE”) FILES SEVERAL RATE CHANGE REQUESTS

PSE has filed several separate requests within the past two months to change electric and gas rates, effective May 1, 2015, based on previously approved adjustment and credit mechanisms.  On April 1, 2015, the Company filed notice of its cumulative […]

April 13, 2015

AVISTA FILES ANNUAL ENERGY RECOVERY MECHANISM (“ERM”) REVIEW

On March 31, 2015, Avista made its annual ERM review filing, stating actual net power costs in 2014 that were $9.5 million less than authorized.   The Company testifies that the difference is due primarily to higher hydro generation and favorable […]

April 13, 2015

JESSE COWELL, TYLER PEPPLE, AND JOSHUA WEBER NAMED SHAREHOLDERS

We are pleased to announce that as of March 1, 2015, Jesse Cowell, Tyler Pepple, and Joshua Weber have been named shareholders of Davison Van Cleve.

April 03, 2015

PGE FILES APRIL MONET UPDATE

Portland General Electric Company (PGE) filed its first update to its net variable power cost (NVPC) projections for 2016 on April 1, 2015. These are known as “MONET” updates after the name of the model PGE uses to project power […]

January 01, 2020

PACIFICORP FILES 2016 TRANSITION ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

PacifiCorp filed its 2016 Transition Adjustment Mechanism (TAM) with the Oregon Public Utility Commission on April 1, 2015. The TAM is an annual filing the utility makes to project its power costs in customer rates for the following year as […]

April 03, 2015

PGE HOLDS FIRST PUBLIC INPUT MEETING FOR 2016 IRP

Portland General Electric Company (PGE) held its first public input meeting for development of its 2016 integrated resource plan (IRP) on April 2, 2015. The IRP projects the utility’s long-term resource needs and provides a plan for meeting those needs. […]

April 02, 2015

PROCEEDINGS EXTENDED IN THE DEER CREEK MINE CLOSURE CASE FOLLOWING A CONTESTED STIPULATION FILING

On March 25, 2015, PacifiCorp (or the “Company”) and the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon (“CUB”) filed a surprise stipulation in UM 1712, the Deer Creek Mine closure case, just hours after a hearing cancellation due to the agreement of […]

April 02, 2015

FINAL ORDER ISSUES IN PACIFIC POWER’S WASHINGTON GENERAL RATE CASE

On March 25, 2015, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“Commission”) authorized a $9.6 million rate increase for Pacific Power (or the “Company”), equating to roughly one quarter of what the Company had requested through a general rate increase and […]

March 20, 2015

UTILITIES FILE TESTIMONY IN UM 1662

Portland General Electric Company and PacifiCorp filed joint testimony on March 16, 2015, supporting their proposal to carve out from their power cost adjustment mechanisms (PCAM) the variable costs associated with their resources used to meet Oregon’s renewable portfolio standard. […]

March 20, 2015

HOUSE ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING ON HOUSE BILL 2946

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March 20, 2015

FINAL TESTIMONY SUBMITTED IN DEER CREEK MINE CLOSURE CASE

On March 19, 2015, PacifiCorp filed reply testimony with the Oregon Public Utility Commission regarding its application to recover Deer Creek Mine closure costs beginning June 1, 2015. The Company modified its proposed rate increase slightly, from $42.6 million to […]

March 12, 2015

PUGET SOUND ENERGY TO JOIN CAL-ISO ENERGY IMBALANCE MARKET

On March 5, 2015, the California Independent System Operator (“Cal-ISO”) announced that Puget Sound Energy (“PSE”) will begin participating in the Cal-ISO Energy Imbalance Market (“EIM”), starting October 2016. PacifiCorp has participated in the Cal-ISO EIM since its launch in […]

March 12, 2015

THE WASHINGTON UTILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO EARNINGS ATTRITION

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“Commission”) will receive written comments from interested parties on March 27, 2015, regarding the Commission’s new investigatory docket into possible ratemaking mechanisms to address utility earnings attrition. The Commission has requested specific commentary on […]

March 12, 2015

PACIFICORP’S NET REMOVAL TARIFF FORMS THE BASIS OF A WASHINGTON COMPLAINT

Davison Van Cleve (“DVC”) has filed a complaint against PacifiCorp before the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. DVC alleges that PacifiCorp violated various provisions of its Washington Net Removal Tariff, which govern the fees PacifiCorp may charge and allowable actions […]

March 12, 2015

PACIFICORP SEEKING IMMEDIATE RECOVERY FOR DEER CREEK MINE CLOSURE COSTS

A hearing on PacifiCorp’s application to immediately recover Deer Creek Mine closure costs will be held before the Oregon Public Utility Commission on March 30, 2015. The proceeding involves a proposed a 3.4%, or $42.6 million rate increase, effective June […]

March 12, 2015

INITIAL BRIEFS FILED IN REMAND OF PUGET SOUND ENERGY EXPEDITED RATE FILING

Parties filed initial briefs on Puget Sound Energy, Inc.’s return on equity on March 6, 2015. In June of 2013, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission issued a final order granting PSE an expedited rate filing, decoupling mechanism, and rate […]

March 12, 2015

OPUC SETS SCHEDULE FOR PGE RATE CASE

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (“OPUC”) adopted a procedural schedule for Portland General Electric Company’s 2015 general rate case. The schedule allows for an effective date for new rates of January 1, 2016, and for power cost pricing for 2016 […]

February 18, 2015

2015 ANNUAL ENERGY CONFERENCE AT SKAMANIA LODGE

Along with the Northwest Gas Association and the Northwest Industrial Gas Users, the Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities will be hosting an annual energy conference on June 3-4, 2015, at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington. The agenda will cover […]

February 17, 2015

PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY FILES ITS 2015 GENERAL RATE CASE

On February 12, 2015, Portland General Electric Company filed its 2015 general rate case. The filing seeks an overall 3.7% rate increase, though the impacts are higher on industrial customers. The primary driver of the increase is the inclusion of […]

February 17, 2015

AVISTA FILES ITS 2015 GENERAL RATE CASE

On February 9, 2014, Avista Corporation (“Avista” or the “Company”) filed a general rate case with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (the “Commission”). Avista has requested a $33.2 million increase in electric rates effective January 1, 2016. If approved, […]

February 17, 2015

UTILITIES DRAFT LEGISLATION IN WASHINGTON TO RECOVER COAL COSTS FROM CUSTOMERS

Puget Sound Energy, PacifiCorp, and Avista have submitted companion bills to the Washington State House and Senate (HB 2002 and SB 5874) that are allegedly designed to provide a path to closing the Colstrip generating facility in Montana. The legislation, […]

February 17, 2015

WASHINGTON UTILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION HOLDS HEARING IN REMAND PHASE OF PUGET SOUND ENERGY EXPEDITED RATE FILING

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“Commission”) held a hearing on February 13, 2015 regarding the reasonableness of Puget Sound Energy’s (“PSE”) current return on equity (“ROE”). The hearing was part of consolidated proceedings that were remanded to the Commission […]

December 05, 2014

OREGON PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION REDUCES PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC RATE INCREASE BY $65 MILLION

On December 4, 2014, the Oregon Public Utility Commission granted Portland General Electric Company (PGE) a rate increase of $44.3 million. This increase represents an approximately $65 million reduction from the Company’s original request to increase rates by $110 million. […]

September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON UTILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION RE-AFFIRMS CUSTOMERS ARE ENTITLED TO PROCEEDS FROM UTILITY PROPERTY SALES

On September 11, 2014, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“Commission”) issued an order denying Puget Sound Energy, Inc.’s (“PSE”) proposal to retain for its shareholders the vast majority of proceeds it obtained from the sale of its Jefferson County […]

August 01, 2014

WASHINGTON COURT OVERTURNS PUGET SOUND ENERGY RATE PLAN

On July 25, 2014, the Thurston County Superior Court entered an order reversing, in part, a June 25, 2013 Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“Commission”) order granting Puget Sound Energy (“PSE”) a four-year rate plan, along with other rate mechanisms. […]

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