Item 8.01 Other Events.

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On May 8, 2018, Avista Corporation (Avista Corp. or the Company) and Hydro One Limited (Hydro One) announced that a settlement in principle with all parties in the Oregon merger proceeding has been reached. The parties intend to file the full settlement agreement with the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (OPUC) later in May. The settlement agreement is subject to review and approval by the OPUC.

The settlement in principle includes provisions related to financial protections for the utility and its customers, financial benefits through a rate credit for all Oregon customers and funding for low income customer conservation.

All of these items and other terms of the settlement agreement will be disclosed in detail when the settlement agreement is finalized and filed for approval by the OPUC.

In addition to Hydro One and Avista Corp, the parties to the merger proceeding in Oregon include the OPUC staff, Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board, Alliance of Western Energy Consumers and the Oregon and Southern Oregon District Council of Laborers.

Hydro One and Avista Corp. received the Federal Communications Commission’s consent on May 4, 2018 to close their merger and antitrust clearance on April 5, 2018 after the expiration of the waiting period under the U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. The transaction received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on January 16, 2018 and from Avista Corp. shareholders on November 21, 2017. Also required is clearance by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States as well as the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. Hydro One and Avista Corp. continue to anticipate closing the transaction in the second half of 2018.


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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