Exciting Progress!

During today’s meeting, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC) had a major issue with Hydro One’s board and CEO resigning. One commissioner said it totally “altered the landscape.” Two commissioners said they do not see how they can make any decision on the merger without any leadership in place at Hydro One and with no witnesses to call. The Commission postponed the July 23 hearing until a new CEO and board are appointed. If none are appointed by August 15, 2018, the Commission will bring Avista in to give the Commission an update and will establish a new procedure and timeline for moving forward.

The IPUC also granted Idaho Department of Water Resources’ (IDWR) motion to intervene and noted that IDWR has a statutory right to participate and that the Commission is required to incorporate IDWR’s conditions into its ruling. Even so, the Commission noted that if IDWR feels that it needs to participate as an intervening party, it may do so, and granted the motion to intervene.

Response from our Attorney:

In response to the Idaho PUC’s decision today to cancel the July 23 hearing and indefinitely delay further consideration of the Hydro One/Avista merger application until after the new Hydro One board is in place:

We are encouraged by the Commission’s principled, deliberate approach to this very troubling merger proposal. It is not being rushed through, as Hydro One and Avista have previously requested.

It is yet to be seen whether Hydro One and Avista will be able to satisfy their burden in meeting the Idaho statute and showing that the merger will not result in future increases in costs and rates to Avista and its customers, or that the merger is otherwise in the public interest. To date, they have been unable to do so. It is doubtful that a new board, a new CEO and more time to prepare for the hearing are going to change that.

Norman Semanko
Attorney for Avista Customer Group

2 thoughts on “Exciting Progress!

  1. Angelo Lonzisero Reply

    We now are intervenors in the Idaho PUC process, thanks to our lawyer. The PUC has now restarted the public process and is takkng public comment either written, at the puc website or testimony at a public hearing. They have also served Hydro One 17 interrogatories to explain the changes in governance of the company and other salient facts. We are now looking at forcing HydroOne to disgorge the cost sharing formulas and the debt sharing formulas, as well as who yhe golden shsre holder is.

    We must continue this fight to the end..,.we need your most GENEROUS DONATION to pay our attorney for all his great work and results.

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