Item 8.01 Other Events.

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On April 3, 2018, Avista Corporation (Avista Corp. or the Company) and Hydro One Limited (Hydro One) filed a settlement agreement in the merger proceeding before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) recommending approval of the acquisition of the Company by Hydro One (the transaction). The settlement agreement is with the City and Borough of Juneau, the only intervenor in the case. Avista Corp. serves customers in Juneau, Alaska through its subsidiary utility, Alaska Electric Light and Power (AEL&P).

The settlement agreement includes specific commitments by the Company to preserve the ownership structure and current operations of AEL&P, ensure customer rates will not be impacted by the transaction, enhance community giving and provide a $1 million rate credit over five years for AEL&P’s customers. This rate credit period would begin at the close of the transaction.

The settlement also provides that any transfer of the Snettisham Hydroelectric Project will not occur without RCA approval and a determination that such transfer would be in the public interest, formalizes AEL&P’s interconnection process and outlines a process for a biennial AEL&P system and planning presentation.

The settlement agreement is subject to RCA review and approval. The parties have requested a decision from the RCA within 30 days of filing the settlement agreement.

An all-party settlement agreement was filed with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission on March 27, 2018. The transaction received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on January 16, 2018 and from Avista Corp. shareholders on November 21, 2017. Hydro One and Avista Corp. continue to anticipate closing the transaction in the second half of 2018.

Applications for regulatory approval of the transaction are still pending with utility commissions in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska. Approval must be obtained from the Federal Communications Commission. Also required is clearance by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, and compliance with applicable requirements under the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, as well as the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.


Avista Corporation is an electric and natural gas utility with certain other business ventures. The Company operates through two business segments: Avista Utilities, and Alaska Electric Light and Power Company (AEL&P). Avista Utilities segment generates, transmits and distributes electricity, and distributes natural gas serving electric and natural gas customers in eastern Washington and northern Idaho and natural gas customers in parts of Oregon. AEL&P is a utility providing electric services in Juneau, Alaska. It operates other businesses, including sheet metal fabrication, venture fund investments and real estate investments, as well as certain other investments of Avista Capital, Inc., a subsidiary of the Company. Through Advanced Manufacturing and Development (AM&D), doing business as METALfx, the Company performs custom sheet metal fabrication of electronic enclosures, parts and systems for the computer, construction, telecommunication, renewable energy and medical industries.

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