United States

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549


FORM 10-Q


[X] Quarterly Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


For the quarterly period ended:

March 31, 2015


[ ] Transition report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


For the transition period from _______________ to _______________


Commission

File No.

 

Name of Registrant, State of Incorporation, Address

of Principal Executive Offices, and Telephone No.

 

IRS Employer

Identification No.

000-49965

 

MGE Energy, Inc.

(a Wisconsin Corporation)

133 South Blair Street

Madison, Wisconsin 53788

(608) 252-7000

mgeenergy.com

 

39-2040501

000-1125

 

Madison Gas and Electric Company

(a Wisconsin Corporation)

133 South Blair Street

Madison, Wisconsin 53788

(608) 252-7000

mge.com

 

39-0444025


Indicate by check mark whether the registrants (1) have filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) have been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days: Yes [X] No [ ]


Indicate by check mark whether the registrants have submitted electronically and posted on their corporate Web sites, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrants were required to submit and post such files):

Yes [X] No [ ]


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definitions of "large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer," and "smaller reporting company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.


 

Large Accelerated Filer

Accelerated Filer

Non-accelerated Filer

Smaller Reporting Company

MGE Energy, Inc.

X

 

 

 

Madison Gas and Electric Company

 

 

X

 


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act):

MGE Energy, Inc. and Madison Gas and Electric Company: Yes [ ] No [X]


Number of Shares Outstanding of Each Class of Common Stock as of April 30, 2015

MGE Energy, Inc.

Common stock, $1.00 par value, 34,668,370 shares outstanding.

Madison Gas and Electric Company

Common stock, $1.00 par value, 17,347,894 shares outstanding (all of which are owned beneficially and of record by MGE Energy, Inc.).




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Table of Contents



PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION.

3

Filing Format

3

Forward-Looking Statements

3

Where to Find More Information

3

Definitions, Abbreviations, and Acronyms Used in the Text and Notes of this Report

4

Item 1. Financial Statements.

6

MGE Energy, Inc.

6

Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)

6

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (unaudited)

6

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)

7

Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)

8

Consolidated Statements of Common Equity (unaudited)

9

Madison Gas and Electric Company

10

Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)

10

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (unaudited)

10

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)

11

Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)

12

Consolidated Statements of Common Equity (unaudited)

13

MGE Energy, Inc., and Madison Gas and Electric Company

14

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)

14

Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

30

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

39

Item 4. Controls and Procedures.

42

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION.

43

Item 1. Legal Proceedings.

43

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

43

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.

43

Item 6. Exhibits.

43

Signatures - MGE Energy, Inc.

45

Signatures - Madison Gas and Electric Company

46





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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION.


Filing Format


This combined Form 10-Q is being filed separately by MGE Energy, Inc. (MGE Energy) and Madison Gas and Electric Company (MGE). MGE is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGE Energy and represents a majority of its assets, liabilities, revenues, expenses, and operations. Thus, all information contained in this report relates to, and is filed by, MGE Energy. Information that is specifically identified in this report as relating solely to MGE Energy, such as its financial statements and information relating to its nonregulated business, does not relate to, and is not filed by, MGE. MGE makes no representation as to that information. The terms "we" and "our," as used in this report, refer to MGE Energy and its consolidated subsidiaries, unless otherwise indicated.


Forward-Looking Statements


This report, and other documents filed by MGE Energy and MGE with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from time to time, contain forward-looking statements that reflect management's current assumptions and estimates regarding future performance and economic conditions—especially as they relate to economic conditions, future load growth, revenues, expenses, capital expenditures, financial resources, regulatory matters, and the scope and expense associated with future environmental regulation. These forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "could," "should," "intend," "will," and other similar words generally identify forward-looking statements. Both MGE Energy and MGE caution investors that these forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, expressed, or implied.


The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements made by a registrant include (a) those factors discussed in the Registrants' 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K: Item 1A. Risk Factors, Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, as updated by Part I, Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in this report, and Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data – Note 18, as updated by Part I, Item 1. Financial Statements – Note 8 in this report, and (b) other factors discussed herein and in other filings made by that registrant with the SEC.


Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this report. MGE Energy and MGE undertake no obligation to release publicly any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this report.


Where to Find More Information


The public may read and copy any reports or other information that MGE Energy and MGE file with the SEC at the SEC's public reference room at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20549. The public may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. These documents also are available to the public from commercial document retrieval services, the website maintained by the SEC at sec.gov, MGE Energy's website at mgeenergy.com, and MGE's website at mge.com. Copies may be obtained from our websites free of charge. Information contained on MGE Energy's and MGE's websites shall not be deemed incorporated into, or to be a part of, this report.



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Definitions, Abbreviations, and Acronyms Used in the Text and Notes of this Report


Abbreviations, acronyms, and definitions used in the text and notes of this report are defined below.


MGE Energy and Subsidiaries:

 

 

 

CWDC

Central Wisconsin Development Corporation

MAGAEL

MAGAEL, LLC

MGE

Madison Gas and Electric Company

MGE Energy

MGE Energy, Inc.

MGE Power

MGE Power, LLC

MGE Power Elm Road

MGE Power Elm Road, LLC

MGE Power West Campus

MGE Power West Campus, LLC

MGE State Energy Services

MGE State Energy Services, LLC

MGE Transco

MGE Transco Investment, LLC

NGV Fueling Services

NGV Fueling Services, LLC

North Mendota

North Mendota Energy & Technology Park, LLC

 

 

Other Defined Terms:

 

 

 

AFUDC

Allowance for Funds Used During Construction

ATC

American Transmission Company LLC

BART

Best Available Retrofit Technology

Blount

Blount Station

CAA

Clean Air Act

CAIR

Clean Air Interstate Rule

CAVR

Clean Air Visibility Rule

Codification

Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification

Columbia

Columbia Energy Center

CSAPR

Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

CWA

Clean Water Act

Dth

Dekatherms, a quantity measure used in respect of natural gas

EGUs

Electric Generating Units

ELG

Effluent Limitations Guidelines

Elm Road Units

Elm Road Generating Station

EPA

United States Environmental Protection Agency

FASB

Financial Accounting Standards Board

FERC

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FTR

Financial Transmission Rights

GHG

Greenhouse Gas

Heating degree days (HDD)

Measure of the extent to which the average daily temperature is below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, which is considered an indicator of possible increased demand for energy to provide heating

IRS

Internal Revenue Service

kWh

Kilowatt-hour, a measure of electric energy produced

MISO

Midcontinent Independent System Operator (a regional transmission organization)

MW

Megawatt, a measure of electric energy generating capacity

MWh

Megawatt-hour, a measure of electric energy produced

NAAQS

National Ambient Air Quality Standards

NOV

Notice of Violation

NOx

Nitrogen Oxides

PGA

Purchased Gas Adjustment clause, a regulatory mechanism used to reconcile natural gas costs recovered in rates to actual costs

PJM

PJM Interconnection, LLC (a regional transmission organization)

PM

Particulate Matter

PPA

Purchased Power Agreement

ppb

Parts Per Billion

PSCW

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin



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ROE

Return on Equity

SCR

Selective Catalytic Reduction

SEC

Securities and Exchange Commission

SIP

State Implementation Plan

SO2

Sulfur Dioxide

the State

State of Wisconsin

Stock Plan

Direct Stock Purchase and Dividend Reinvestment Plan of MGE Energy

UW

University of Wisconsin at Madison

VIE

Variable Interest Entity

WCCF

West Campus Cogeneration Facility

WDNR

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Working capital

Current assets less current liabilities

WPDES

Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System

WPL

Wisconsin Power and Light Company

WPSC

Wisconsin Public Service Corporation

XBRL

eXtensible Business Reporting Language




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Item 1. Financial Statements.


MGE Energy, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)

(In thousands, except per-share amounts)


 

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

Operating Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Regulated electric revenues

$

 98,240

$

 98,852

 

 

    Regulated gas revenues

 

 69,928

 

 110,713

 

 

    Nonregulated revenues

 

 1,966

 

 680

 

 

        Total Operating Revenues

 

 170,134

 

 210,245

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Fuel for electric generation

 

 11,892

 

 14,132

 

 

    Purchased power

 

 22,865

 

 18,555

 

 

    Cost of gas sold

 

 46,919

 

 78,508

 

 

    Other operations and maintenance

 

 40,674

 

 40,472

 

 

    Depreciation and amortization

 

 10,849

 

 9,746

 

 

    Other general taxes

 

 5,084

 

 4,861

 

 

        Total Operating Expenses

 

 138,283

 

 166,274

 

 

Operating Income

 

 31,851

 

 43,971

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income, net

 

 2,105

 

 4,552

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

 (5,091)

 

 (4,541)

 

 

    Income before income taxes

 

 28,865

 

 43,982

 

 

Income tax provision

 

 (10,587)

 

 (16,265)

 

 

Net Income

$

 18,278

$

 27,717

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings Per Share of Common Stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

(basic and diluted)

$

0.53

$

0.80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends per share of common stock

$

0.283

$

0.272

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Shares Outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

(basic and diluted)

 

34,668

 

34,668

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the above unaudited consolidated financial statements.


MGE Energy, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (unaudited)

(In thousands)


 

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

Net Income

$

 18,278

$

 27,717

 

 

Other comprehensive income, net of tax:

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Unrealized (loss) gain on available-for-sale securities, net of

 

 

 

 

 

 

    tax ($57 and $(5))

 

 (85)

 

 7

 

 

Comprehensive Income

$

 18,193

$

 27,724

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the above unaudited consolidated financial statements.




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MGE Energy, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)

(In thousands)



 

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

Operating Activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Net income

$

 18,278

$

 27,717

 

 

    Items not affecting cash:

 

 

 

 

 

 

        Depreciation and amortization

 

 10,849

 

 9,746

 

 

        Deferred income taxes

 

 3,723

 

 (877)

 

 

        Provision for doubtful receivables

 

 97

 

 743

 

 

        Employee benefit plan expenses

 

 792

 

 (332)

 

 

        Equity earnings in ATC

 

 (1,881)

 

 (2,481)

 

 

        Other items

 

 (658)

 

 (679)

 

 

    Changes in working capital items:

 

 

 

 

 

 

        Decrease in current assets

 

 17,985

 

 3,283

 

 

        (Decrease) increase in current liabilities

 

 (11,091)

 

 19,604

 

 

    Dividend income from ATC

 

 1,420

 

 1,917

 

 

    Cash contributions to pension and other postretirement plans

 

 (10,809)

 

 (818)

 

 

    Other noncurrent items, net

 

 5,935

 

 547

 

 

            Cash Provided by Operating Activities

 

 34,640

 

 58,370

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing Activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Capital expenditures

 

 (11,533)

 

 (21,800)

 

 

    Capital contributions to investments

 

 (280)

 

 (693)

 

 

    Other

 

 (48)

 

 (682)

 

 

            Cash Used for Investing Activities

 

 (11,861)

 

 (23,175)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing Activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Cash dividends paid on common stock

 

 (9,794)

 

 (9,420)

 

 

    Repayment of long-term debt

 

 (1,037)

 

 (1,019)

 

 

    Repayment of short-term debt

 

 (7,000)

 

 -

 

 

    Other

 

 -

 

 (80)

 

 

            Cash Used for Financing Activities

 

 (17,831)

 

 (10,519)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in cash and cash equivalents

 

 4,948

 

 24,676

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

 65,755

 

 68,813

 

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

$

 70,703

$

 93,489

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 




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MGE Energy, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)

(In thousands)


 

 

March 31,

December 31,

ASSETS

 

2015

 

2014

Current Assets:

 

 

 

 

    Cash and cash equivalents

$

 70,703

$

 65,755

    Accounts receivable, less reserves of $3,972 and $4,329, respectively

 

 43,861

 

 41,614

    Other accounts receivable, less reserves of $401 and $420, respectively

 

 6,443

 

 7,610

    Unbilled revenues

 

 25,366

 

 31,262

    Materials and supplies, at average cost

 

 18,027

 

 17,121

    Fossil fuel

 

 14,418

 

 8,098

    Stored natural gas, at average cost

 

 8,398

 

 21,036

    Prepaid taxes

 

 30,860

 

 38,910

    Regulatory assets - current

 

 7,537

 

 8,360

    Deferred income taxes - current

 

 109

 

 3,482

    Other current assets

 

 10,219

 

 10,711

        Total Current Assets

 

 235,941

 

 253,959

Other long-term receivables

 

 5,454

 

 2,181

Regulatory assets

 

 155,473

 

 156,823

Other deferred assets and other

 

 4,548

 

 4,837

Property, Plant, and Equipment:

 

 

 

 

    Property, plant, and equipment, net

 

 1,189,106

 

 1,189,077

    Construction work in progress

 

 21,322

 

 19,029

        Total Property, Plant, and Equipment

 

 1,210,428

 

 1,208,106

Investments

 

 72,347

 

 71,760

        Total Assets

$

 1,684,191

$

 1,697,666

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND CAPITALIZATION

 

 

 

 

Current Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

    Long-term debt due within one year

$

 4,203

$

 4,182

    Short-term debt

 

 -

 

 7,000

    Accounts payable

 

 37,540

 

 41,655

    Accrued interest and taxes

 

 3,999

 

 5,086

    Accrued payroll related items

 

 8,318

 

 11,241

    Derivative liabilities

 

 7,120

 

 6,901

    Other current liabilities

 

 10,511

 

 13,931

        Total Current Liabilities

 

 71,691

 

 89,996

Other Credits:

 

 

 

 

    Deferred income taxes

 

 342,400

 

 342,045

    Investment tax credit - deferred

 

 1,179

 

 1,223

    Regulatory liabilities

 

 23,981

 

 22,715

    Accrued pension and other postretirement benefits

 

 79,742

 

 90,201

    Derivative liabilities

 

 46,319

 

 46,560

    Other deferred liabilities and other

 

 57,017

 

 50,269

        Total Other Credits

 

 550,638

 

 553,013

Capitalization:

 

 

 

 

    Common shareholders' equity

 

 667,658

 

 659,401

    Long-term debt

 

 394,204

 

 395,256

        Total Capitalization

 

 1,061,862

 

 1,054,657

Commitments and contingencies (see Footnote 8)

 

 -

 

 -

        Total Liabilities and Capitalization

$

 1,684,191

$

 1,697,666

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the above unaudited consolidated financial statements.




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MGE Energy, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Common Equity (unaudited)

(In thousands, except per-share amounts)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Paid-in

 

Retained

 

Comprehensive

 

 

 

 

 

Shares

 

Value

 

Capital

 

Earnings

 

Income

 

Total

 

 

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning balance - December 31, 2013

 34,668

$

 34,668

$

 316,268

$

 266,197

$

 377

$

 617,510

 

 

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 27,717

 

 

 

 27,717

 

 

Other comprehensive income (loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 7

 

 7

 

 

Common stock dividends declared

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

($ 0.272 per share)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (9,420)

 

 

 

 (9,420)

 

 

Cash in lieu of fractional shares related

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to stock split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (80)

 

 

 

 (80)

 

 

Ending balance - March 31, 2014

 34,668

$

 34,668

$

 316,268

$

 284,414

$

 384

$

 635,734

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning balance - December 31, 2014

 34,668

$

 34,668

$

 316,268

$

 308,007

$

 458

$

 659,401

 

 

Cumulative effect of new accounting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

principle (see Footnote 4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (142)

 

 

 

 (142)

 

 

Beginning balance - Adjusted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 307,865

 

 

 

 659,259

 

 

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 18,278

 

 

 

 18,278

 

 

Other comprehensive income (loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (85)

 

 (85)

 

 

Common stock dividends declared

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

($0.283 per share)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (9,794)

 

 

 

 (9,794)

 

 

Ending balance - March 31, 2015

 34,668

$

 34,668

$

 316,268

$

 316,349

$

 373

$

 667,658

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the above unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 




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Madison Gas and Electric Company

Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)

(In thousands)


 

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

Operating Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Regulated electric revenues

$

 98,245

$

 98,858

 

 

    Regulated gas revenues

 

 69,933

 

 110,718

 

 

    Nonregulated revenues

 

 1,966

 

 680

 

 

        Total Operating Revenues

 

 170,144

 

 210,256

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Fuel for electric generation

 

 11,894

 

 14,134

 

 

    Purchased power

 

 22,868

 

 18,558

 

 

    Cost of gas sold

 

 46,923

 

 78,513

 

 

    Other operations and maintenance

 

 40,472

 

 40,317

 

 

    Depreciation and amortization

 

 10,837

 

 9,734

 

 

    Other general taxes

 

 5,084

 

 4,861

 

 

    Income tax provision

 

 9,776

 

 14,924

 

 

        Total Operating Expenses

 

 147,854

 

 181,041

 

 

Operating Income

 

 22,290

 

 29,215

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Income and Deductions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

    AFUDC - equity funds

 

 128

 

 1,950

 

 

    Equity in earnings in ATC

 

 1,881

 

 2,481

 

 

    Income tax provision

 

 (808)

 

 (1,264)

 

 

    Other expense, net

 

 (39)

 

 (158)

 

 

        Total Other Income and Deductions

 

 1,162

 

 3,009

 

 

    Income before interest expense

 

 23,452

 

 32,224

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest Expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Interest on long-term debt

 

 5,151

 

 5,249

 

 

    Other interest, net

 

 32

 

 (25)

 

 

    AFUDC - borrowed funds

 

 (42)

 

 (643)

 

 

        Net Interest Expense

 

 5,141

 

 4,581

 

 

Net Income

$

 18,311

$

 27,643

 

 

Less Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest, net of tax

 

 (6,553)

 

 (6,510)

 

 

Net Income Attributable to MGE

$

 11,758

$

 21,133

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the above unaudited consolidated financial statements.


Madison Gas and Electric Company

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (unaudited)

(In thousands)


 

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

Net Income

$

 18,311

$

 27,643

 

 

Other comprehensive income, net of tax:

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Unrealized (loss) gain on available-for-sale securities, net of

 

 

 

 

 

 

    tax ($55 and ($12))

 

 (82)

 

 18

 

 

Comprehensive Income

$

 18,229

$

 27,661

 

 

    Less: Comprehensive income attributable to Noncontrolling

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Interest, net of tax

 

 (6,553)

 

 (6,510)

 

 

Comprehensive Income attributable to MGE

$

 11,676

$

 21,151

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the above unaudited consolidated financial statements.




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Madison Gas and Electric Company

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)

(In thousands)


 

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

Operating Activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Net income

$

 18,311

$

 27,643

 

 

    Items not affecting cash:

 

 

 

 

 

 

        Depreciation and amortization

 

 10,837

 

 9,734

 

 

        Deferred income taxes

 

 2,391

 

 (1,141)

 

 

        Provision for doubtful receivables

 

 97

 

 743

 

 

        Employee benefit plan expenses

 

 792

 

 (332)

 

 

        Equity earnings in ATC

 

 (1,881)

 

 (2,481)

 

 

        Other items

 

 (526)

 

 (546)

 

 

    Changes in working capital items:

 

 

 

 

 

 

       Decrease in current assets

 

 18,825

 

 7,817

 

 

       (Decrease) increase in current liabilities

 

 (8,859)

 

 17,488

 

 

    Dividend income from ATC

 

 1,420

 

 1,917

 

 

    Cash contributions to pension and other postretirement plans

 

 (10,809)

 

 (818)

 

 

    Other noncurrent items, net

 

 5,901

 

 521

 

 

            Cash Provided by Operating Activities

 

 36,499

 

 60,545

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investing Activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Capital expenditures

 

 (11,533)

 

 (21,800)

 

 

    Capital contributions to investments

 

 (178)

 

 (533)

 

 

    Other

 

 (17)

 

 (637)

 

 

            Cash Used for Investing Activities

 

 (11,728)

 

 (22,970)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financing Activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Cash dividends paid to parent by MGE

 

 -

 

 (7,000)

 

 

    Distributions to parent from noncontrolling interest

 

 (6,818)

 

 (6,909)

 

 

    Equity contribution received by noncontrolling interest

 

 2,678

 

 533

 

 

    Repayment of long-term debt

 

 (1,037)

 

 (1,019)

 

 

    Repayment of short-term debt

 

 (7,000)

 

 -

 

 

            Cash Used for Financing Activities

 

 (12,177)

 

 (14,395)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in cash and cash equivalents

 

 12,594

 

 23,180

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

 4,562

 

 14,808

 

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

$

 17,156

$

 37,988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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Madison Gas and Electric Company

Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)

(In thousands)


 

 

March 31,

December 31,

ASSETS

 

2015

 

2014

Current Assets:

 

 

 

 

    Cash and cash equivalents

$

 17,156

$

 4,562

    Accounts receivable, less reserves of $3,972 and $4,329, respectively

 

 43,861

 

 41,614

    Affiliate receivables

 

 568

 

 7,112

    Other accounts receivable, less reserves of $401 and $420, respectively

 

 6,346

 

 7,524

    Unbilled revenues

 

 25,366

 

 31,262

    Materials and supplies, at average cost

 

 18,027

 

 17,121

    Fossil fuel

 

 14,418

 

 8,098

    Stored natural gas, at average cost

 

 8,398

 

 21,035

    Prepaid taxes

 

 36,755

 

 39,103

    Regulatory assets - current

 

 7,537

 

 8,360

    Deferred income taxes - current

 

 -

 

 1,271

    Other current assets

 

 10,203

 

 10,683

        Total Current Assets

 

 188,635

 

 197,745

Affiliate receivable long-term

 

 5,163

 

 5,295

Regulatory assets

 

 155,473

 

 156,823

Other deferred assets and other

 

 7,953

 

 4,977

Property, Plant, and Equipment:

 

 

 

 

    Property, plant, and equipment, net

 

 1,188,392

 

 1,188,351

    Construction work in progress

 

 21,322

 

 19,029

        Total Property, Plant, and Equipment

 

 1,209,714

 

 1,207,380

Investments

 

 68,904

 

 68,402

        Total Assets

$

 1,635,842

$

 1,640,622


 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND CAPITALIZATION

 

 

 

 

Current Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

    Long-term debt due within one year

$

 4,203

$

 4,182

    Short-term debt

 

 -

 

 7,000

    Accounts payable

 

 37,540

 

 41,654

    Accrued interest and taxes

 

 3,954

 

 5,039

    Accrued payroll related items

 

 8,318

 

 11,241

    Deferred income taxes

 

 898

 

 -

    Derivative liabilities

 

 7,120

 

 6,901

    Other current liabilities

 

 10,159

 

 11,350

        Total Current Liabilities

 

 72,192

 

 87,367

Other Credits:

 

 

 

 

    Deferred income taxes

 

 335,002

 

 334,773

    Investment tax credit - deferred

 

 1,179

 

 1,223

    Regulatory liabilities

 

 23,981

 

 22,715

    Accrued pension and other postretirement benefits

 

 79,742

 

 90,201

    Derivative liabilities

 

 46,319

 

 46,560

    Other deferred liabilities and other

 

 57,016

 

 50,267

        Total Other Credits

 

 543,239

 

 545,739

Capitalization:

 

 

 

 

    Common shareholder's equity

 

 498,105

 

 486,571

    Noncontrolling interest

 

 128,102

 

 125,689

        Total Equity

 

 626,207

 

 612,260

    Long-term debt

 

 394,204

 

 395,256

        Total Capitalization

 

 1,020,411

 

 1,007,516

Commitments and contingencies (see Footnote 8)

 

 -

 

 -

        Total Liabilities and Capitalization

$

 1,635,842

$

 1,640,622


 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the above unaudited consolidated financial statements.




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Madison Gas and Electric Company

Consolidated Statements of Common Equity (unaudited)

(In thousands)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional

 

 

 

Other

 

Non-

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Paid-in

 

Retained

Comprehensive

Controlling

 

 

 

Shares

 

Value

 

Capital

 

Earnings

Income

Interest

 

Total

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning balance - Dec. 31, 2013

 17,348

$

 17,348

$

 192,417

$

 247,534

$

 192

$

 118,963

$

 576,454

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 21,133

 

 

 

 6,510

 

 27,643

Other comprehensive income (loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 18

 

 

 

 18

Cash dividends paid to parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

by MGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (7,000)

 

 

 

 

 

 (7,000)

Equity contribution received by

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

noncontrolling interest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 533

 

 533

Distributions to parent from

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

noncontrolling interest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (6,909)

 

 (6,909)

Ending balance - March 31, 2014

 17,348

$

 17,348

$

 192,417

$

 261,667

$

 210

$

 119,097

$

 590,739

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning balance - Dec. 31, 2014

 17,348

$

 17,348

$

 192,417

$

 276,662

$

 144

$

 125,689

$

 612,260

Cumulative effect of new accounting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

principle (see Footnote 4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (142)

 

 

 

 

 

 (142)

Beginning balance - Adjusted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 276,520

 

 

 

 

 

 612,118

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 11,758

 

 

 

 6,553

 

 18,311

Other comprehensive income (loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (82)

 

 

 

 (82)

Equity contribution received by

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

noncontrolling interest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 2,678

 

 2,678

Distributions to parent from

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

noncontrolling interest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (6,818)

 

 (6,818)

Ending balance - March 31, 2015

 17,348

$

 17,348

$

 192,417

$

 288,278

$

 62

$

 128,102

$

 626,207

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the above unaudited consolidated financial statements.




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MGE Energy, Inc., and Madison Gas and Electric Company

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)

March 31, 2015


1.

Basis of Presentation - MGE Energy and MGE.


This report is a combined report of MGE Energy and MGE. References in this report to "MGE Energy" are to MGE Energy, Inc. and its subsidiaries. References in this report to "MGE" are to Madison Gas and Electric Company.


MGE Power Elm Road and MGE Power West Campus own electric generating assets and lease those assets to MGE. Both entities are variable interest entities under applicable authoritative guidance. MGE is considered the primary beneficiary of these entities as a result of contractual agreements. As a result, MGE has consolidated MGE Power Elm Road and MGE Power West Campus. See Footnote 2 of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements under Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of MGE Energy's and MGE's 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K.


The accompanying consolidated financial statements as of March 31, 2015, and for the three months ended, are unaudited, but include all adjustments that MGE Energy and MGE management consider necessary for a fair statement of their respective financial statements. All adjustments are of a normal, recurring nature except as otherwise disclosed. The year-end consolidated balance sheet information was derived from the audited balance sheet appearing in MGE Energy's and MGE's 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K, but does not include all disclosures required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. These notes should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and the notes on pages 52 through 101 of the 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K.


2.

Equity and Financing Arrangements.


a.

Common Stock - MGE Energy.


MGE Energy sells shares of its common stock through its Stock Plan. Those shares may be newly issued shares or shares that MGE Energy has purchased in the open market for resale to participants in the Stock Plan. All sales under the stock plan are covered by a shelf registration statement that MGE Energy filed with the SEC. For both the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, MGE Energy did not issue any new shares of common stock under the Stock Plan.


b.

Dilutive Shares Calculation - MGE Energy.


MGE Energy does not hold any dilutive securities.


3.

Investment in ATC - MGE Energy and MGE.


ATC owns and operates electric transmission facilities primarily in Wisconsin. MGE received an interest in ATC when it, like other Wisconsin electric utilities, contributed its electric transmission facilities to ATC as required by Wisconsin law. That interest is presently held by MGE Transco, which is jointly owned by MGE Energy and MGE.


MGE Transco has accounted for its investment in ATC under the equity method of accounting. For the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, MGE Transco recorded the following:


 

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

(In thousands)

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

Equity in earnings from investment in ATC

$

1,881

$

2,481

 

 

Dividends received from ATC

 

1,420

 

1,917

 

 

Capital contributions to ATC

 

178

 

533

 




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On April 30, 2015, MGE Transco made a $0.2 million capital contribution to ATC.

 

MGE Transco's investment in ATC as of March 31, 2015, and December 31, 2014, was $68.3 million and $67.7 million, respectively.


At March 31, 2015, MGE is the majority owner, and MGE Energy, the holding company, is the minority owner of MGE Transco. MGE Energy's proportionate share of the equity and net income of MGE Transco is classified within the MGE financial statements as noncontrolling interest.


ATC's summarized financial data for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, is as follows:


 

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

(In thousands)

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

Operating revenues

$

 152,357

$

 163,337

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 (79,951)

 

 (78,623)

 

 

Other income, net

 

 62

 

 388

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

 (24,483)

 

 (21,996)

 

 

Earnings before members' income taxes

$

 47,985

$

 63,106

 


4.

Chattel Paper Agreements - MGE Energy and MGE.


MGE makes available to qualifying customers a financing program for the purchase and installation of energy-related equipment that will provide more efficient use of utility service at the customer's property. The energy-related equipment installed at the customer sites is used to secure the customer loans. MGE is party to a chattel paper purchase agreement with a financial institution under which it can sell or finance an undivided interest with recourse, in up to $10.0 million of the financing program receivables, until July 31, 2015. The length of the MGE guarantee to the financial institution varies from one to ten years depending on the term of the underlying customer loan. The loan balances outstanding at March 31, 2015, approximate the fair value of the energy-related equipment acting as collateral. MGE accounts for these agreements as secured borrowings.


Prior to authoritative guidance that became effective in 2015, these agreements were treated as off-balance sheet arrangements. Beginning January 1, 2015, these agreements are included as assets and liabilities in the consolidated balance sheet. As of March 31, 2015, assets (other accounts receivable and other deferred assets) and liabilities (accounts payable and other deferred liabilities) increased approximately $4.3 million as a cumulative result of the guidance. In addition, the cumulative effect of this guidance resulted in a $0.1 million reduction in retained earnings.


As of March 31, 2015, the remaining contractual maturities of the chattel paper agreements were as follows:


 

(In thousands)

 

2015

 

2016

 

2017

 

2018

 

Thereafter

 

Total

 

 

Repurchase-to-Maturity Transactions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Loans

$

 383

$

 950

$

 552

$

 540

$

 1,841

$

 4,266

 


5.

Taxes - MGE Energy and MGE.


Effective Tax Rate.


MGE Energy's effective income tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, was 36.7% and 37.0%, respectively. MGE's effective income tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, was 36.6% and 36.9%, respectively. The decrease in the effective tax rate is due in part to a higher estimated domestic manufacturing deduction offset by lower AFUDC equity earnings in 2015.


6.

Pension and Other Postretirement Plans - MGE Energy and MGE.


MGE maintains qualified and nonqualified pension plans, health care, and life insurance benefits. Additionally, MGE has defined contribution 401(k) benefit plans.




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The following table presents the components of MGE Energy's and MGE's net periodic benefit costs recognized for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014. A portion of the net periodic benefit cost is capitalized within the consolidated balance sheets.


 

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

(In thousands)

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

Pension Benefits

 

 

 

 

 

 

Components of net periodic cost (benefit):

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Service cost

$

 1,798

$

 1,484

 

 

    Interest cost

 

 3,440

 

 3,251

 

 

    Expected return on assets

 

 (5,677)

 

 (5,279)

 

 

Amortization of:

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Prior service cost

 

 6

 

 49

 

 

    Actuarial loss

 

 1,334

 

 173

 

 

Net periodic cost (benefit)

$

 901

$

 (322)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Postretirement Benefits

 

 

 

 

 

 

Components of net periodic cost (benefit):

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Service cost

$

 383

$

 330

 

 

    Interest cost

 

 778

 

 772

 

 

    Expected return on assets

 

 (703)

 

 (654)

 

 

Amortization of:

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Transition obligation

 

 1

 

 1

 

 

    Prior service benefit

 

 (667)

 

 (668)

 

 

    Actuarial loss

 

 262

 

 39

 

 

Net periodic cost (benefit)

$

 54

$

 (180)

 


7.

Share-Based Compensation - MGE Energy and MGE.


Under MGE Energy's Performance Unit Plan, eligible employees may receive performance units that entitle the holder to receive a cash payment equal to the value of a designated number of shares of MGE Energy's common stock, plus dividend equivalent payments thereon, at the end of the set performance period.


On February 20, 2015, 18,948 units were granted based on the MGE Energy closing stock price as of that date. Units are subject to a five-year graded vesting schedule. On the grant date, MGE Energy and MGE measure the cost of the employee services received in exchange for a performance unit award based on the current market value of MGE Energy common stock. The fair value of the awards has been subsequently re-measured at March 31, 2015, as required by applicable accounting standards. Changes in fair value have been recognized as compensation cost. Since this amount is re-measured quarterly throughout the vesting period, the compensation cost is subject to variability.


For nonretirement eligible employees, stock based compensation costs are accrued and recognized using the graded vesting method. Compensation cost for retirement eligible employees or employees that will become retirement eligible during the vesting schedule are recognized on an abridged horizon.


In December 2013, a Director Incentive Plan was approved for the non-employee members of the Board of Directors. This plan is similar to MGE Energy's Performance Unit Plan for eligible employees described above. Under the plan, a non-employee director can receive performance units that entitle the holder to receive a cash payment equal to the value of a designated number of shares of MGE Energy's common stock, plus dividend payments, at the end of the set performance period. The units are subject to a three-year graded vesting schedule. In January 2015, 3,794 units were granted. For accounting purposes, the awards will be measured similarly to the employee unit awards.


During the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, MGE recorded $0.5 million and $0.8 million, respectively, in compensation expense as a result of awards under the plans. In January 2015, cash payments of $1.3 million were distributed relating to awards that were granted in 2010. During the three months ended March 31, 2015, MGE recorded $0.2 million of forfeitures as the result of the forfeiture of 4,676 units. No forfeitures occurred during the three months ended March 31, 2014. At March 31, 2015, $5.3 million of outstanding awards are vested, and of this amount no cash settlements have occurred.




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8.

Commitments and Contingencies - MGE Energy and MGE.


a.

Environmental.


MGE Energy and MGE are subject to frequently changing local, state, and federal regulations concerning air quality, water quality, land use, threatened and endangered species, hazardous materials handling, and solid waste disposal. These regulations affect the manner in which they conduct their operations, the costs of those operations, as well as capital and operating expenditures. Regulatory initiatives, proposed rules, and court challenges to adopted rules, have the potential to have a material effect on our capital expenditures and operating costs. These initiatives, proposed rules, and court challenges include:


EPA's Proposed Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELG) and Standards for Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category

The EPA published a proposed rule in June 2013 that would amend the current ELG rule and lower the existing permissible water discharge of metals and other pollutants in wastewater from new and existing steam electric generation plants. The proposed rule mostly covers certain air pollution control systems and ash handling systems at coal-burning power plants with units greater than 50 megawatt (MW) generation capacity. The EPA is under a consent decree to finalize the rule by September 2015. Once finalized, the rule will apply to power plants as they renew their WPDES permits beginning in July 2017.


Based on our current evaluation of the proposed rule and its alternatives, our Elm Road Units and Columbia plant may need to add treatment systems or additional equipment, and those additions may be significant. However, MGE cannot estimate those costs with any certainty until we are able to evaluate the final version of this rule. Management believes compliance costs will be recovered in rates based on previous treatment of environmental compliance projects.


EPA Cooling Water Intake Rules (Section 316(b))

Section 316(b) of the CWA requires that the cooling water intake structures at electric power plants meet best available technology standards so that mortality from entrainment (drawing aquatic life into a plant's cooling system) and impingement (trapping aquatic life on screens) are reduced. The EPA finalized its 316(b) rule for existing facilities in 2014. Section 316(b) requirements are implemented in Wisconsin through modifications to plants' WPDES permits, which govern plant water discharges. WDNR is currently developing rules to implement the EPA 316(b) rule.


Our WCCF facility already employs a system that meets the 316(b) rule. Our Blount plant has conducted studies showing that it will likely be in compliance with this rule. The operator of our Columbia plant plans to conduct an intake study to demonstrate compliance with this rule and/or identify design criteria needed to meet the new rule requirements prior to Columbia's 2017 permit renewal. The exact requirements at Blount and Columbia, however, will not be known until the WNDR finalizes its rule, approves the operators' approach, and those sites' permits are modified to account for this rule. Nonetheless, MGE expects that the 316(b) rule will not have material effects on its existing plants.


EPA's Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Guidelines under the Clean Air Act 111d Rule

In June 2014, the EPA developed a proposed rule called the Clean Power Plan that set guidelines for states to use in developing plans to control GHG emissions from existing fossil fuel fired electric generating units (EGUs). The EPA's proposal includes reductions in GHG emissions from EGUs by a national average of 30% by 2030 as measured from a 2012 baseline. Each state is given its own emission reduction targets to meet this goal, and States' goals can be higher or lower than the national average. The State of Wisconsin's reduction goal is 34%. These targets are expressed as a "rate-based" emission average to be achieved by the combined fleet of EGUs within the state. States would be expected to develop, submit and implement a plan for the reduction goals, and make "meaningful progress" towards these reductions by 2020 and to meet their respective targets by 2030.


The EPA's rule is expected to be finalized mid-summer 2015. States will then have up to two years to prepare their compliance plans. While there is currently no certainty regarding the terms of the final rule, it is reasonable to assume that this rule will have a material impact on MGE. The parameters of the final rule, however, will determine the extent to which this rule will affect MGE.




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National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)

The EPA's NAAQS regulations have been developed to set ambient levels of six pollutants to protect sensitive populations (primary NAAQS) and the environment (secondary NAAQS) from the negative effects of exposure to these pollutants at higher levels. MGE is following developments for several NAAQS, including for particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and ozone. Further discussion on sulfur dioxide and ozone NAAQS follows. For additional information on the NAAQS process, see Footnote 18.d. of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements under Item 8, Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, of MGE Energy's and MGE's 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K.


Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) NAAQS

The EPA's new 1-hour SO2 NAAQS has been in place since 2010 and initial attainment/nonattainment designations by states were due in 2013. However, the EPA was sued by environmental groups for not timely and properly making these designations. In March 2015, the EPA entered into a court-approved consent decree requiring 1-hour SO2 attainment/nonattainment area designations to be completed in three phases extending out until 2020. States must submit their first designation proposals in September 2015 encompassing those areas that contain large stationary sources of SO2 (sources that emit over a threshold mass of SO2, and/or over a threshold emissions rate). The EPA must make final designation determinations for these areas by July 2016.


In March 2015, MGE's Columbia plant was identified in the Federal Register as meeting the criteria of a large stationary source of SO2 (based on 2012 data). As such, the State of Wisconsin must submit an attainment/nonattainment area designation for Columbia County (the county in which the Columbia plant resides). Since the 2012 data was collected, Columbia has installed pollution control equipment that has lowered its total SO2 emissions and its SO2 emissions rate. However, we will not know with any certainty if Columbia County will be determined to be in attainment until the State of Wisconsin completes its attainment/nonattainment demonstration. The outcome of this designation may have an adverse effect on the operation of the Columbia plant. MGE will monitor and participate in developments with the Columbia County designation process.


Ozone NAAQS

MGE is monitoring developments in the EPA's revision of the Ozone NAAQS rule. In November 2014, the EPA published proposed regulations to lower the Ozone NAAQS to between 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb). In this proposed rule, the EPA has stated they are also considering leaving the standard at its current level of 75 ppb, or lowering it further to 60 ppb. The EPA is seeking comments on these options. In addition, the EPA is proposing a secondary ozone standard that would use a new index to measure ecosystem and vegetation effects. It is not clear how this secondary standard would affect sources. Milwaukee County (where our Elm Road Units are located) and Dane and Columbia Counties (where several of our facilities are located) may not meet the Ozone NAAQS if it is lowered to 70 ppb or below. The EPA plans to have a final Ozone NAAQS rule completed by the end of 2015. MGE will continue to monitor rule developments and subsequent state actions and implementation plans.


EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

In July 2011, the EPA finalized its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) as a court-ordered replacement for its Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) that had been remanded in 2008. CSAPR is an interstate air pollution transport rule designed to reduce ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air levels in areas that the EPA has determined are being affected by pollution from neighboring and upwind states.


CSAPR has been the subject of extensive litigation. Although many aspects of CSAPR have been upheld on appeal, the litigation has delayed implementation and created uncertainty. In late 2014, the EPA tolled CSAPR's original compliance deadlines by three years and MGE's affected facilities must now meet their Phase I reduction obligations in 2015 and Phase II in 2017. However, the ongoing litigation leaves unresolved several residual issues that may affect whether, when, and how MGE's facilities will need to comply with CSAPR. Regardless, MGE expects to be able to meet CSAPR requirements at all of our applicable facilities by applying reductions achieved from recent pollution control installations and early reduction efforts. We will continue to monitor developments.




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Clean Air Visibility Rule (CAVR)

Columbia may be subject to the best available retrofit technology (BART) regulations, a subsection of the EPA's Clean Air Visibility Rule (CAVR), which may require pollution control retrofits. Columbia's pollution control upgrades and the EPA's stance that compliance with the CSAPR equals compliance with BART should mean that Columbia will not need to do additional work to meet BART requirements. At this time, however, the BART regulatory obligations, compliance strategies, and costs remain uncertain due to the legal uncertainty surrounding CSAPR.


EPA's Coal Combustion Residuals Rule

In December 2014, the EPA finalized its Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities rule. The rule will go into effect six months after it is published in the Federal Register. The EPA has delayed publication of this rule and has indicated that it plans to publish the rule during the second quarter of 2015. The rule provides that coal ash will be regulated as a solid waste and defines what ash use activities would be considered beneficial use of coal ash. The rule also regulates landfills, ash ponds, and other surface impoundments for coal combustion residuals (CCRS or coal ash) by regulating their design, location, monitoring, and operation. Landfills and impoundments that cannot meet design criteria will need to formally close within defined timeframes.


The Columbia and Elm Road Units co-owners and plant operators are evaluating the final rule to determine what changes may be necessary at those facilities and the associated timeframes. We anticipate that some design and operational changes may need to be made at these facilities. Preliminary review for our Elm Road facility has indicated that the costs may not be significant. We are still evaluating the rule's full effects at Columbia. Management believes compliance costs will be recovered in rates based on previous treatment of environmental compliance projects.


Columbia


Based upon current available information, compliance with various environmental requirements and initiatives is expected to result in significant additional operating and capital expenditures at Columbia as noted below.


Columbia Clean Air Act Litigation

Columbia is a coal-fired generating station operated by WPL in which WPL, WPSC, and MGE have ownership interests. In December 2009, the EPA sent a Notice of Violation (NOV) to MGE as one of the co-owners of Columbia. The NOV alleged that WPL and the Columbia co-owners failed to comply with appropriate pre-construction review and permitting requirements and, as a result, violated the Prevention of Significant Deterioration program requirements, Title V Operating Permit requirements of the CAA, and the Wisconsin SIP. In April 2013, the EPA filed a lawsuit against the co-owners of Columbia asserting similar allegations. In September 2010 and April 2013, the Sierra Club filed civil lawsuits against WPL alleging violations of the CAA at Columbia and other Wisconsin facilities operated by WPL. In June 2013, the court approved and entered a consent decree entered by the EPA, Sierra Club, and the co-owners of Columbia to resolve these claims, while admitting no liability. One of the requirements of the consent decree requires installation of a SCR system at Columbia Unit 2 by December 31, 2018. Installation of the SCR has been approved by the PSCW. MGE's share of the projected cost for the SCR system is approximately $30-$40 million. In addition, the consent decree establishes emission rate limits for SO2, NOx, and particulate matter and annual plant-wide emission caps for SO2 and NOx. MGE intends to seek recovery in rates of the costs associated with its compliance with the terms of the final consent decree and currently expects to recover any material compliance costs.


b.

Legal Matters.


MGE is involved in various legal matters that are being defended and handled in the normal course of business. MGE maintains accruals for such costs that are probable of being incurred and subject to reasonable estimation. The accrued amount for these matters is not material to the financial statements.




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9.

Derivative and Hedging Instruments - MGE Energy and MGE.


a.

Purpose.


As part of its regular operations, MGE enters into contracts, including options, swaps, futures, forwards, and other contractual commitments, to manage its exposure to commodity prices. To the extent that these contracts are derivatives, MGE assesses whether or not the normal purchases or normal sales exclusion applies. For contracts to which this exclusion cannot be applied, MGE Energy and MGE recognize such derivatives in the consolidated balance sheets at fair value. MGE's commodity derivative activities are conducted in accordance with its electric and gas risk management program, which is approved by the PSCW and limits the volume MGE can hedge with specific risk management strategies. The maximum length of time over which cash flows related to energy commodities can be hedged is four years. If the derivative qualifies for regulatory deferral, the derivatives are marked to fair value and are offset with a corresponding regulatory asset or liability. The deferred gain or loss is recognized in earnings in the delivery month applicable to the instrument. Gains and losses related to hedges qualifying for regulatory treatment are recoverable in gas rates through the PGA or in electric rates as a component of the fuel rules mechanism.


b.

Notional Amounts.


The gross notional volume of open derivatives is as follows:


 

 

March 31, 2015

 

December 31, 2014

 

 

Commodity derivative contracts

408,920 MWh

 

448,000 MWh

 

 

Commodity derivative contracts

2,785,000 Dth

 

4,405,000  Dth

 

 

FTRs

691 MW

 

1,854 MW

 


c.

Financial Statement Presentation.


MGE purchases and sells exchange-traded and over-the-counter options, swaps, and future contracts. These arrangements are primarily entered into to help stabilize the price risk associated with gas or power purchases. These transactions are employed by both MGE's gas and electric segments. Additionally, as a result of the firm transmission agreements that MGE holds on electricity transmission paths in the MISO market, MGE holds FTRs. An FTR is a financial instrument that entitles the holder to a stream of revenues or charges based on the differences in hourly day-ahead energy prices between two points on the transmission grid. The fair values of these instruments are offset with a corresponding regulatory asset/liability depending on whether they are in a net loss/gain position. Depending on the nature of the instrument, the gain or loss associated with these transactions will be reflected as cost of gas sold, fuel for electric generation, or purchased power expense in the delivery month applicable to the instrument. At March 31, 2015, and December 31, 2014, the cost basis of exchange traded derivatives and FTRs exceeded their fair value by $0.6 million and $1.6 million, respectively.


MGE is a party to a ten-year purchased power agreement that provides MGE with firm capacity and energy during a base term from June 1, 2012, through May 31, 2022. The agreement also allows MGE an option to extend the contract after the base term. The agreement is accounted for as a derivative contract and is recognized at its fair value on the consolidated balance sheet. However, the derivative qualifies for regulatory deferral and is recognized with a corresponding regulatory asset or liability depending on whether the fair value is in a loss or gain position. The fair value of the contract at March 31, 2015, and December 31, 2014, reflects a loss position of $53.4 million. The actual fuel cost will be recognized in purchased power expense in the month of purchase and collected in rates.




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The following table summarizes the fair value of the derivative instruments on the consolidated balance sheet. All derivative instruments in this table are presented on a gross basis and are calculated prior to the netting of instruments with the same counterparty under a master netting agreement as well as the netting of collateral. For financial statement purposes, MGE Energy and MGE have netted instruments with the same counterparty under a master netting agreement as well as the netting of collateral. At March 31, 2015, MGE Energy and MGE had the right to reclaim collateral (a receivable) of $0.6 million.


 

 

Asset Derivatives

 

Liability Derivatives

(In thousands)

 

Balance Sheet Location

 

Fair Value

 

Balance Sheet Location

 

Fair Value

March 31, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commodity derivative contracts

 

Other current assets

$

 336

Derivative liability (current)

$

 821

Commodity derivative contracts

 

Other deferred charges

 

 7

 

Derivative liability (long-term)

 

 116

FTRs

 

Other current assets

 

 38

 

Derivative liability (current)

 

 -

Ten-year PPA

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

Derivative liability (current)

 

 7,090

Ten-year PPA

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

Derivative liability (long-term)

 

 46,320

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commodity derivative contracts

 

Other current assets

$

 130

 

Derivative liability (current)

$

 2,262

Commodity derivative contracts

 

Other deferred charges

 

 93

 

Derivative liability (long-term)

 

 171

FTRs

 

Other current assets

 

 642

 

Derivative liability (current)

 

 -

Ten-year PPA

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

Derivative liability (current)

 

 6,870

Ten-year PPA

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

Derivative liability (long-term)

 

 46,560


The following tables show the effect of netting arrangements for recognized derivative assets and liabilities that are subject to a master netting arrangement or similar arrangement on the consolidated balance sheet.


 

Offsetting of Derivative Assets

 

 

(In thousands)

 

Gross amounts

 

Gross amounts offset in balance sheet

 

Collateral posted against derivative positions

 

Net amount presented in balance sheet

 

 

March 31, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commodity derivative contracts

$

 343

$

 (343)

$

 -

$

 -

 

 

FTRs

 

 38

 

 -

 

 -

 

 38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commodity derivative contracts

$

 223

$

 (223)

$

 -

$

 -

 

 

FTRs

 

 642

 

 -

 

 -

 

 642

 


 

Offsetting of Derivative Liabilities

 

 

(In thousands)

 

Gross amounts

 

Gross amounts offset in balance sheet

 

Collateral posted against derivative positions

 

Net amount presented in balance sheet

 

 

March 31, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commodity derivative contracts

$

 937

$

 (343)

$

 (565)

$

 29

 

 

Ten-year PPA

 

 53,410

 

 -

 

 -

 

 53,410

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commodity derivative contracts

$

 2,433

$

 (223)

$

 (2,179)

$

 31

 

 

Ten-year PPA

 

 53,430

 

 -

 

 -

 

 53,430

 




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The following tables summarize the unrealized and realized gains (losses) related to the derivative instruments on the consolidated balance sheet at March 31, 2015 and 2014, and the consolidated income statement for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014.


 

 

2015

 

 

2014

(In thousands)

 

Current and long-term regulatory asset

 

Other current assets

 

 

Current and long-term regulatory asset

 

Other current assets

Three Months Ended March 31:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at January 1,

$

 54,998

$

 1,001

 

$

 63,893

$

 411

Change in unrealized (loss) gain

 

 1,318

 

 -

 

 

 (13,601)

 

 -

Realized (loss) gain reclassified to a deferred account

 

 (1,061)

 

 1,061

 

 

 1,535

 

 (1,535)

Realized gain (loss) reclassified to income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

statement

 

 (1,289)

 

 (1,794)

 

 

 6,386

 

 1,475

Balance at March 31,

$

 53,966

$

 268

 

$

 58,213

$

 351


 

 

Realized losses (gains)

 

 

2015

 

 

2014

(In thousands)

 

Fuel for electric generation/ purchased power

 

Cost of gas sold

 

 

Fuel for electric generation/ purchased power

 

Cost of gas sold

Three Months Ended March 31:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commodity derivative contracts

$

 420

$

 1,761

 

$

 (4,795)

$

 (1,220)

FTRs

 

 (119)

 

 -

 

 

 (636)

 

 -

Ten-year PPA

 

 1,021

 

 -

 

 

 (1,210)

 

 -


MGE's commodity derivative contracts, FTRs, and ten-year PPA are subject to regulatory deferral. These derivatives are marked to fair value and are offset with a corresponding regulatory asset or liability. Realized gains and losses are deferred on the consolidated balance sheet and are recognized in earnings in the delivery month applicable to the instrument. As a result of the above described treatment, there are no unrealized gains or losses that flow through earnings.


The ten-year PPA has a provision that may require MGE to post collateral if MGE's debt rating falls below investment grade (i.e., below BBB-). The amount of collateral that it may be required to post varies from $20.0 million to $40.0 million, depending on MGE's nominated capacity amount. As of March 31, 2015, no collateral has been posted. Certain counterparties extend MGE a credit limit. If MGE exceeds these limits, the counterparties may require collateral to be posted. As of March 31, 2015, and December 31, 2014, certain counterparties were in a net liability of less than $0.1 million.


Nonperformance of counterparties to the non-exchange traded derivatives could expose MGE to credit loss. However, MGE enters into transactions only with companies that meet or exceed strict credit guidelines, and it monitors these counterparties on an ongoing basis to mitigate nonperformance risk in its portfolio. As of March 31, 2015, no counterparties have defaulted.


10.

Rate Matters - MGE Energy and MGE.


a.

Rate Proceedings.


On December 23, 2014, the PSCW authorized MGE to increase 2015 rates for retail electric customers by 3.8% or $15.4 million and to decrease gas rates by 2.0% or $3.8 million. The increase in retail electric rates cover costs associated with the construction of emission-reduction equipment at Columbia, improvements and reliability of the state's electric transmission system, fuel and purchased power related to coal delivery costs, partially offset by lower cost as a result of market conditions for pension and postretirement benefit costs. The authorized return on common stock equity is 10.2%.




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The PSCW approved changes to customer rates and rate design for gas service. Gas rate design consists of a fixed monthly customer charge and a variable charge tied to actual usage, in addition to the separate charge for natural gas commodity costs (PGA). The change shifted more of the rate recovery to the monthly charge, reflecting the related fixed costs of providing gas services, and reduced the variable usage-based charge. Thus, gas net income is expected to be more evenly distributed during the year and less sensitive to weather. A similar, but much smaller rate design shift was also approved for electric rates.


On July 26, 2013, the PSCW authorized MGE to freeze electric and natural gas rates at 2013 levels for 2014. The order authorized 100% AFUDC on the Columbia scrubber construction project and deferral of increased costs related to ATC and MISO network upgrade fees. As part of the rate freeze plan authorized by the PSCW, effective January 1, 2014, approximately $6.3 million associated with a 2012 fuel rule surplus credit was required to be refunded to customers and was amortized in 2014. The fuel credit accrued interest at MGE's weighted cost of capital. The authorized return on equity remained unchanged at 10.3%.


b.

Fuel Rules.


Fuel rules require the PSCW and Wisconsin utilities to defer electric fuel-related costs that fall outside a symmetrical cost tolerance band around the amount approved for a utility in its most recent base rate proceedings. Any over/under recovery of the actual costs is determined on an annual basis and will be adjusted in future billings to electric retail customers. The fuel rules bandwidth is currently set at plus or minus 2%. Under fuel rules, MGE would defer costs, less any excess revenues, if its actual electric fuel costs exceeded 102% of the electric fuel costs allowed in its latest rate order. Excess revenues are defined as revenues in the year in question that provide MGE with a greater return on common equity than authorized by the PSCW in MGE's latest rate order. Conversely, MGE is required to defer the benefit of lower costs if actual electric fuel costs were less than 98% of the electric fuel costs allowed in that order.


As of March 31, 2015, MGE has deferred $2.4 million (to be returned to customers in a future period) of 2015 electric fuel-related savings that are outside the range authorized by the PSCW. As part of the rate freeze plan authorized by the PSCW for 2014, $1.6 million of the approximately $6.3 million associated with the 2012 fuel rule credit was amortized against purchased power expense during the three months ended March 31, 2014.


c.

Purchased Gas Adjustment Clause.


MGE's natural gas rates are subject to a fuel adjustment clause designed to recover or refund the difference between the actual cost of purchased gas and the amount included in rates. Differences between the amounts billed to customers and the actual costs recoverable are deferred and recovered or refunded in future periods by means of prospective monthly adjustments to rates. At March 31, 2015, and December 31, 2014, MGE had over collected $6.7 million and $1.2 million, respectively, which was recorded in other current liabilities on the consolidated balance sheets.


11.

Fair Value of Financial Instruments - MGE Energy and MGE.


Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or would be paid to transfer a liability (an exit price) in the principal or most advantageous market for the asset or liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The accounting standard clarifies that fair value should be based on the assumptions market participants would use when pricing the asset or liability including assumptions about risk. The standard also establishes a three level fair value hierarchy based upon the observability of the assumptions used and requires the use of observable market data when available. The levels are:


Level 1 - Pricing inputs are quoted prices within active markets for identical assets or liabilities.


Level 2 - Pricing inputs are quoted prices within active markets for similar assets or liabilities; quoted prices for identical or similar instruments in markets that are not active; and model-derived valuations that are correlated with or otherwise verifiable by observable market data.


Level 3 - Pricing inputs are unobservable and reflect management's best estimate of what market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability.




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a.

Fair Value of Financial Assets and Liabilities Recorded at the Carrying Amount.


At March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, the carrying amount of cash, cash equivalents, and outstanding commercial paper approximates fair market value due to the short maturity of those investments and obligations. The estimated fair market value of MGE Energy's and MGE's long-term debt is based on quoted market prices for similar financial instruments at March 31, 2015, and December 31, 2014. Since long-term debt is not traded in an active market, it is classified as Level 2. The estimated fair market value of MGE Energy's and MGE's financial instruments are as follows:


 

 

 

March 31, 2015

 

 

December 31, 2014

 

 

(In thousands)

 

Carrying Amount

 

Fair Value

 

 

Carrying Amount

 

Fair Value

 

 

MGE Energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Cash and cash equivalents

$

 70,703

$

 70,703

 

$

 65,755

$

 65,755

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Short-term debt - commercial paper

 

 -

 

 -

 

 

 7,000

 

 7,000

 

 

    Long-term debt*

 

 398,653

 

 465,534

 

 

 399,690

 

 457,420

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Cash and cash equivalents

$

 17,156

$

 17,156

 

$

 4,562

$

 4,562

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Short-term debt - commercial paper

 

 -

 

 -

 

 

 7,000

 

 7,000

 

 

    Long-term debt*

 

 398,653

 

 465,534

 

 

 399,690

 

 457,420

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Includes long-term debt due within one year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


b.

Recurring Fair Value Measurements.


The following table presents the balances of assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis for MGE Energy and MGE.


 

 

 

Fair Value as of March 31, 2015

 

 

(In thousands)

 

Total

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

 

 

MGE Energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Derivatives, net

$

 38

$

 -

$

 -

$

 38

 

 

    Exchange-traded investments

 

 786

 

 786

 

 -

 

 -

 

 

    Total Assets

$

 824

$

 786

$

 -

$

 38

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Derivatives, net(a)

$

 54,004

$

 100

$

 -

$

 53,904

 

 

    Deferred compensation

 

 2,958

 

 -

 

 2,958

 

 -

 

 

    Total Liabilities

$

 56,962

$

 100

$

 2,958

$

 53,904

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Derivatives, net

$

 38

$

 -

$

 -

$

 38

 

 

    Exchange-traded investments

 

 214

 

 214

 

 -

 

 -

 

 

    Total Assets

$

 252

$

 214

$

 -

$

 38

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Derivatives, net(a)

$

 54,004

$

 100

$

 -

$

 53,904

 

 

    Deferred compensation

 

 2,958

 

 -

 

 2,958

 

 -

 

 

    Total Liabilities

$

 56,962

$

 100

$

 2,958

$

 53,904

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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Fair Value as of December 31, 2014

 

 

(In thousands)

 

Total

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Level 3

 

 

MGE Energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Derivatives, net

$

 642

$

 -

$

 -

$

 642

 

 

    Exchange-traded investments

 

 927

 

 927

 

 -

 

 -

 

 

    Total Assets

$

 1,569

$

 927

$

 -

$

 642

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Derivatives, net(a)

$

 55,640

$

 1,012

$

 -

$

 54,628

 

 

    Deferred compensation

 

 2,832

 

 -

 

 2,832

 

 -

 

 

    Total Liabilities

$

 58,472

$

 1,012

$

 2,832

$

 54,628

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Derivatives, net

$

 642

$

 -

$

 -

$

 642

 

 

    Exchange-traded investments

 

 350

 

 350

 

 -

 

 -

 

 

    Total Assets

$

 992

$

 350

$

 -

$

 642

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Derivatives, net(a)

$

 55,640

$

 1,012

$

 -

$

 54,628

 

 

    Deferred compensation

 

 2,832

 

 -

 

 2,832

 

 -

 

 

    Total Liabilities

$

 58,472

$

 1,012

$

 2,832

$

 54,628

 


(a)

These amounts are shown gross and exclude $0.6 million and $2.2 million of collateral that was posted against derivative positions with counterparties as of March 31, 2015, and December 31, 2014, respectively.


No transfers were made in or out of Level 1 or Level 2 for the three months ended March 31, 2015.


Investments include exchange-traded investment securities valued using quoted prices on active exchanges and are therefore classified as Level 1.


Derivatives include exchange-traded derivative contracts, over-the-counter transactions, a ten-year purchased power agreement, and FTRs. Most exchange-traded derivative contracts are valued based on unadjusted quoted prices in active markets and are therefore classified as Level 1. A small number of exchange-traded derivative contracts are valued using quoted market pricing in markets with insufficient volumes and are therefore classified as Level 3. Transactions done with an over-the-counter party are on inactive markets and are therefore considered unobservable and classified as Level 3. These transactions are valued based on quoted prices from markets with similar exchange traded transactions. FTRs are priced based upon monthly auction results for identical or similar instruments in a closed market with limited data available and are therefore classified as Level 3.


The ten-year purchased power agreement (see Footnote 9) was valued using an internally-developed pricing model and therefore is classified as Level 3. The model projects future market energy prices and compares those prices to the projected power costs to be incurred under the contract. Inputs to the model require significant management judgment and estimation. Future energy prices are based on a forward power pricing curve using exchange-traded contracts in the electric futures market, where such exchange-traded contracts exist, and upon calculations based on forward gas prices, where such exchange-traded contracts do not exist. A basis adjustment is applied to the market energy price to reflect the price differential between the market price delivery point and the counterparty delivery point. The historical relationship between the delivery points is reviewed and a discount (below 100%) or premium (above 100%) is derived. This comparison is done for both peak times when demand is high and off peak times when demand is low. If the basis adjustment is lowered, the fair value measurement will decrease and if the basis adjustment is increased, the fair value measurement will increase.


The projected power costs anticipated to be incurred under the purchased power agreement are determined using many factors, including historical generating costs, future prices, and expected fuel mix of the counterparty. An increase in the projected fuel costs would result in a decrease in the fair value measurement of the purchased power agreement. A significant input that MGE estimates is the counterparty's fuel mix in determining the projected power cost. MGE also considers the assumptions that market participants would use in valuing the asset or liability. This consideration includes assumptions about market risk such as



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liquidity, volatility, and contract duration. The fair value model uses a discount rate that incorporates discounting, credit, and model risks.


This model is prepared by members of MGE's Energy Accounting group. It is reviewed on a quarterly basis by management in Energy Supply and Finance to review the assumptions, inputs, and fair value measurements.


The following table presents the significant unobservable inputs used in the pricing model.


 

 

 

Model Input

 

Significant Unobservable Inputs

 

March 31, 2015

 

December 31, 2014

 

Basis adjustment:

 

 

 

 

 

    On peak

 

97.5%

 

98.1%

 

    Off peak

 

94.7%

 

95.0%

 

Counterparty fuel mix:

 

 

 

 

 

    Internal generation

 

60% - 75%

 

50% - 70%

 

    Purchased power

 

40% - 25%

 

50% - 30%


The deferred compensation plan allows participants to defer certain cash compensation into a notional investment account. These amounts are included within other deferred liabilities in the consolidated balance sheets of MGE Energy and MGE. The notional investments earn interest based upon the semiannual rate of U.S. Treasury Bills having a 26 week maturity increased by 1% compounded monthly with a minimum annual rate of 7%, compounded monthly. The notional investments are based upon observable market data, however, since the deferred compensation obligations themselves are not exchanged in an active market, they are classified as Level 2.


The following table summarizes the changes in Level 3 assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis for both MGE Energy and MGE.


 

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

(In thousands)

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

Beginning balance

$

 (53,986)

$

 (64,628)

 

 

Realized and unrealized gains (losses):

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Included in regulatory liabilities

 

 119

 

 5,831

 

 

    Included in other comprehensive income

 

 -

 

 -

 

 

    Included in earnings

 

 (1,328)

 

 6,634

 

 

    Included in current assets

 

 -

 

 (53)

 

 

Purchases

 

 6,162

 

 6,859

 

 

Sales

 

 34

 

 (60)

 

 

Issuances

 

 -

 

 -

 

 

Settlements

 

 (4,867)

 

 (13,380)

 

 

Transfers in and/or out of Level 3

 

 -

 

 -

 

 

Balance as of March 31,

$

 (53,866)

$

 (58,797)

 

 

Total gains (losses) included in earnings attributed to the change in unrealized gains (losses) related to assets and liabilities held at March 31,(b)

$

 -

$

 -

 


The following table presents total realized and unrealized gains (losses) included in income for Level 3 assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis for both MGE Energy and MGE (b).


 

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

(In thousands)

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

Purchased Power Expense

$

 (1,328)

$

 6,634

 


(b)

MGE's exchange-traded derivative contracts, over-the-counter party transactions, ten-year purchased power agreement, and FTRs are subject to regulatory deferral. These derivatives are therefore marked to fair value and are offset in the financial statements with a corresponding regulatory asset or liability.




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12.

New Accounting Pronouncements - MGE Energy and MGE.


a.

Transfers and Servicing Assets.


In June 2014, the FASB issued authoritative guidance within the Codification's Transfers and Servicing topic that provides guidance on the accounting and disclosures for repurchase-to-maturity transactions, securities lending transactions, and repurchase financings. This authoritative guidance became effective January 1, 2015. The authoritative guidance changed the accounting for the Chattel Paper program and required additional disclosures. Prior to adoption of the standard, Chattel Paper was treated as an off-balance sheet arrangement. See Footnote 4 for additional information.


b.

Revenue from Contracts with Customers.


In May 2014, the FASB issued authoritative guidance within the Codification's Revenue Recognition topic that provides guidance on the recognition, measurement, and disclosure of revenue from contracts with customers. This authoritative guidance is currently scheduled to become effective January 1, 2017. In April 2015, the FASB proposed to defer the effective date to January 1, 2018. MGE Energy and MGE are currently assessing the impact this pronouncement will have on their financial statements.


c.

Consolidations.


In February 2015, the FASB issued authoritative guidance within the Codification's Consolidation topic that provides guidance on the evaluation of certain legal entities for consolidation purposes. This authoritative guidance will become effective January 1, 2016. MGE Energy and MGE are currently assessing the impact this pronouncement will have on their financial statements.


d.

Debt Issuance Costs.


In April 2015, the FASB issued authoritative guidance within the Codification's Interest topic that provides guidance on the presentation of debt issuance costs in financial statements. This authoritative guidance will become effective January 1, 2016. The authoritative guidance changes the presentation of debt issuance costs on the balance sheet from an asset to a direct deduction from the related debt liability. The impact of this guidance on our financial statements is not expected to be material.


e.

Cloud Computing Arrangements.


In April 2015, the FASB issued authoritative guidance within the Codification's Software topic that provides guidance on the accounting treatment of cloud computer arrangements. This authoritative guidance will become effective January 1, 2016. The authoritative guidance provides criteria for determining whether a cloud computing arrangement contains a software license that should be accounted for as internal-use software. The impact of this guidance on our financial statements is not expected to be material.




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13.

Segment Information - MGE Energy and MGE.


MGE Energy operates in the following business segments: electric utility, gas utility, nonregulated energy, transmission investment, and all other. See MGE Energy's and MGE's 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional discussion of each of these segments.


The following tables show segment information for MGE Energy's operations for the indicated periods:


(In thousands)

MGE Energy

 

Electric

 

Gas

 

Non- Regulated Energy

 

Transmission Investment

 

All Others

 

Consolidation/ Elimination Entries

 

Consolidated Total

Three Months Ended March 31, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating revenues

$

 98,240

$

 69,928

$

 1,966

$

 -

$

 -

$

 -

$

 170,134

Interdepartmental revenues

 

 115

 

 2,725

 

 9,847

 

 -

 

 -

 

 (12,687)

 

 -

Total operating revenues

 

 98,355

 

 72,653

 

 11,813

 

 -

 

 -

 

 (12,687)

 

 170,134

Depreciation and amortization

 

 (7,332)

 

 (1,642)

 

 (1,863)

 

 -

 

 (12)

 

 -

 

 (10,849)

Other operating expenses

 

 (79,800)

 

 (60,068)

 

 (50)

 

 -

 

 (203)

 

 12,687

 

 (127,434)

Operating income (loss)

 

 11,223

 

 10,943

 

 9,900

 

 -

 

 (215)

 

 -

 

 31,851

Other (deductions) income, net

 

 90

 

 (1)

 

 -

 

 1,881

 

 135

 

 -

 

 2,105

Interest (expense) income, net

 

 (2,819)

 

 (804)

 

 (1,518)

 

 -

 

 50

 

 -

 

 (5,091)

Income (loss) before taxes

 

 8,494

 

 10,138

 

 8,382

 

 1,881

 

 (30)

 

 -

 

 28,865

Income tax provision

 

 (2,383)

 

 (4,081)

 

 (3,364)

 

 (756)

 

 (3)

 

 -

 

 (10,587)

Net income (loss)

$

 6,111

$

 6,057

$

 5,018

$

 1,125

$

 (33)

$

 -

$

 18,278

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating revenues

$

 98,852

$

 110,713

$

 680

$

 -

$

 -

$

 -

$

 210,245

Interdepartmental revenues

 

 118

 

 3,624

 

 10,670

 

 -

 

 -

 

 (14,412)

 

 -

Total operating revenues

 

 98,970

 

 114,337

 

 11,350

 

 -

 

 -

 

 (14,412)

 

 210,245

Depreciation and amortization

 

 (6,337)

 

 (1,563)

 

 (1,834)

 

 -

 

 (12)

 

 -

 

 (9,746)

Other operating expenses

 

 (77,901)

 

 (92,843)

 

 (40)

 

 -

 

 (156)

 

 14,412

 

 (156,528)

Operating income (loss)

 

 14,732

 

 19,931

 

 9,476

 

 -

 

 (168)

 

 -

 

 43,971

Other (deductions) income, net

 

 1,827

 

 (35)

 

 -

 

 2,481

 

 279

 

 -

 

 4,552

Interest (expense) income, net

 

 (2,205)

 

 (804)

 

 (1,572)

 

 -

 

 40

 

 -

 

 (4,541)

Income before taxes

 

 14,354

 

 19,092

 

 7,904

 

 2,481

 

 151

 

 -

 

 43,982

Income tax provision

 

 (4,353)

 

 (7,665)

 

 (3,172)

 

 (998)

 

 (77)

 

 -

 

 (16,265)

Net income

$

 10,001

$

 11,427

$

 4,732

$

 1,483

$

 74

$

 -

$

 27,717

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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The following tables show segment information for MGE's operations for the indicated periods:


(In thousands)

MGE

 

Electric

 

Gas

 

Non-Regulated Energy

 

Transmission Investment

 

Consolidation/ Elimination Entries

 

Consolidated Total

Three Months Ended March 31, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating revenues

$

 98,245

$

 69,933

$

 1,966

$

 -

$

 -

$

 170,144

Interdepartmental revenues

 

 110

 

 2,720

 

 9,847

 

 -

 

 (12,677)

 

 -

Total operating revenues

 

 98,355

 

 72,653

 

 11,813

 

 -

 

 (12,677)

 

 170,144

Depreciation and amortization

 

 (7,332)

 

 (1,642)

 

 (1,863)

 

 -

 

 -

 

 (10,837)

Other operating expenses*

 

 (82,142)

 

 (64,138)

 

 (3,414)

 

 -

 

 12,677

 

 (137,017)

Operating income*

 

 8,881

 

 6,873

 

 6,536

 

 -

 

 -

 

 22,290

Other (deductions) income, net*

 

 49

 

 (12)

 

 -

 

 1,125

 

 -

 

 1,162

Interest expense, net

 

 (2,819)

 

 (804)

 

 (1,518)

 

 -

 

 -

 

 (5,141)

Net income

 

 6,111

 

 6,057

 

 5,018

 

 1,125

 

 -

 

 18,311

Less: Net income attributable to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 noncontrolling interest, net of tax

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 (6,553)

 

 (6,553)

Net income attributable to MGE

$

 6,111

$

 6,057

$

 5,018

$

 1,125

$

 (6,553)

$

 11,758

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating revenues

$

 98,858

$

 110,718

$

 680

$

 -

$

 -

$

 210,256

Interdepartmental revenues

 

 112

 

 3,619

 

 10,670

 

 -

 

 (14,401)

 

 -

Total operating revenues

 

 98,970

 

 114,337

 

 11,350

 

 -

 

 (14,401)

 

 210,256

Depreciation and amortization

 

 (6,337)

 

 (1,563)

 

 (1,834)

 

 -

 

 -

 

 (9,734)

Other operating expenses*

 

 (82,046)

 

 (100,450)

 

 (3,212)

 

 -

 

 14,401

 

 (171,307)

Operating income*

 

 10,587

 

 12,324

 

 6,304

 

 -

 

 -

 

 29,215

Other (deductions) income, net*

 

 1,619

 

 (93)

 

 -

 

 1,483

 

 -

 

 3,009

Interest expense, net

 

 (2,205)

 

 (804)

 

 (1,572)

 

 -

 

 -

 

 (4,581)

Net income

 

 10,001

 

 11,427

 

 4,732

 

 1,483

 

 -

 

 27,643

Less: Net income attributable to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

noncontrolling interest, net of tax

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 (6,510)

 

 (6,510)

Net income attributable to MGE

$

 10,001

$

 11,427

$

 4,732

$

 1,483

$

 (6,510)

$

 21,133

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Amounts are shown net of the related tax expense, consistent with the presentation on the consolidated MGE Income Statement.




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Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.


General


MGE Energy is an investor-owned public utility holding company operating through subsidiaries in five business segments:


·

Regulated electric utility operations, conducted through MGE,

·

Regulated gas utility operations, conducted through MGE,

·

Nonregulated energy operations, conducted through MGE Power and its subsidiaries,

·

Transmission investments, representing our equity investment in ATC, and

·

All other, which includes corporate operations and services.


Our principal subsidiary is MGE, which generates and distributes electric energy, distributes natural gas, and represents a majority portion of our assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses. MGE generates and distributes electricity to approximately 143,000 customers in Dane County, Wisconsin, including the city of Madison, and purchases and distributes natural gas to approximately 149,000 customers in the Wisconsin counties of Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Iowa, Juneau, Monroe, and Vernon.


Our nonregulated energy operations own interests in electric generating capacity that is leased to MGE. The ownership/leasing structure was adopted under applicable state regulatory guidelines for MGE's participation in these generation facilities, consisting principally of a stable return on the equity investment in the new generation facilities over the term of the related leases. The nonregulated energy operations include an ownership interest in two coal-fired generating units in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and a partial ownership of a cogeneration project on the UW-Madison campus. A third party operates the units in Oak Creek, and MGE operates the cogeneration project. Due to the nature of MGE's participation in these facilities, the results of our nonregulated operations are also consolidated into MGE's consolidated financial position and results of operations under applicable accounting standards.


Executive Overview


Our primary focus today and for the foreseeable future is our core utility customers at MGE as well as creating long-term value for our shareholders. MGE continues to face the challenge of providing its customers with reliable power at competitive prices. MGE meets this challenge by investing in more efficient generation projects, including renewable energy sources. MGE will continue to focus on growing earnings while controlling operating and fuel costs. MGE maintains safe and efficient operations in addition to providing customer value. We believe it is critical to maintain a strong credit standing consistent with financial strength in MGE as well as the parent company in order to accomplish these goals.


We earn our revenue and generate cash from operations by providing electric and natural gas utility services, including electric power generation and electric power and gas distribution. The earnings and cash flows from the utility business are sensitive to various external factors, including:


·

Weather, and its impact on customer sales,

·

Economic conditions, including current business activity and employment and their impact on customer demand,

·

Regulation and regulatory issues, and their impact on the timing and recovery of costs,

·

Energy commodity prices, including natural gas prices,

·

Equity price risk pertaining to pension related assets,

·

Credit market conditions, including interest rates and our debt credit rating,

·

Environmental laws and regulations, including adopted and pending environmental rule changes,


and other factors listed in "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K.


For the three months ended March 31, 2015, MGE Energy's earnings were $18.3 million or $0.53 per share compared to $27.7 million or $0.80 per share for the same period in the prior year. MGE's earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2015, were $11.8 million compared to $21.1 million for the same period in the prior year.




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MGE Energy's net income was derived from our business segments as follows:


 

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

(In thousands)

 

 

 

Business Segment:

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

    Electric Utility

$

 6,111

$

 10,001

 

 

    Gas Utility

 

 6,057

 

 11,427

 

 

    Nonregulated Energy

 

 5,018

 

 4,732

 

 

    Transmission Investments

 

 1,125

 

 1,483

 

 

    All Other

 

 (33)

 

 74

 

 

    Net Income

$

 18,278

$

 27,717

 


Our net income during the three months ended March 31, 2015, compared to the same period in the prior year primarily reflects the effects of the following factors:


·

Gas net income decreased due to a 20.7% decrease in gas retail sales reflecting lower customer demand compared to the demand resulting from the extremely cold weather experienced in 2014. The average temperature in January was 20.1 degrees compared to 11.5 degrees in the prior year. Heating degree days (a measure for determining the impact of weather during the heating season) decreased by 10.4% compared to the prior year. In addition gas revenue decreased $3.3 million related to rate design changes that became effective in 2015. The rate design changes are expected to make gas revenues less dependent upon usage as more of the costs are recovered in a fixed month customer charge. As a consequence, revenues in the first and fourth quarters, when usage is higher, are expected to be lower than in past years; and revenues in the second and third quarters, when usage is lower, are expected to be higher than in past years.


·

Electric net income was also affected by lower customer demand when compared to the much colder weather in 2014. For example, electric retail sales decreased 1.2% compared to the prior year and excess generation sold into MISO market dropped over 80%. Electric net income also decreased due to lower AFUDC and higher depreciation expense primarily related to the Columbia environment project being placed in service in April (Unit 2) and July 2014 (Unit 1). AFUDC decreased $2.5 million and electric depreciation increased $1.0 million compared to the same period in the prior year.


During the first three months of 2015, the following events occurred:


2015 Rate Filing: In December 2014, the PSCW authorized MGE to increase 2015 rates for retail electric customers by 3.8% and to decrease rates for gas customers by 2.0%. The increase in retail electric rates cover costs associated with the construction of emission-reduction equipment at Columbia, improvements and reliability of the state's electric transmission system, fuel and purchased power related to coal delivery costs, partially offset by lower cost as a result of market conditions for pension and postretirement benefit costs.


The PSCW approved changes to customer rates and rate design for gas service. Gas rate design consists of a fixed monthly customer charge and a variable charge tied to actual usage, in addition to the separate charge for natural gas commodity costs (PGA). The change shifted more of the rate recovery to the monthly charge, reflecting the related fixed costs of providing gas services, and reduced the variable usage-based charge. Thus, gas net income is expected to be more evenly distributed during the year and less sensitive to weather. A similar, but much smaller rate design shift was also approved for electric rates.


In the near term, several items may affect us, including:


Environmental Initiatives: There are proposed legislation, rules, and initiatives involving matters related to air emissions, water effluent, hazardous materials, and greenhouse gases, all of which affect generation plant capital expenditures and operating costs as well as future operational planning. Such legislation and rulemaking could significantly affect the costs of owning and operating fossil-fueled generating plants, such as Columbia and the Elm Road Units, from which we derive approximately 44% of our electric generating capacity. We would expect to seek and receive recovery of any such costs in rates; however, it is difficult to estimate the amount of such costs due to the uncertainty as to the timing and form of the legislation and rules, and the scope and time of the recovery of costs in rates, which may lag the incurrence of those costs.




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Pension and Other Postretirement Benefit Costs: Costs for pension and other postretirement benefits are affected by actual investment returns on the assets held for those benefits and by the discount rate, which is sensitive to interest rates, used to calculate those benefits. Interest rates have experienced volatility since the end of the year which could affect the value of the pension and postretirement benefit obligations. The changes in the discount rates are not expected to have an impact on the income statement for 2015. However, these changes may affect benefit costs in future years. MGE expects any changes in the cost for employee benefit plans will be factored into future rate actions.


ATC Return on Equity: Several parties have filed a complaint with FERC seeking to reduce the base return on equity (ROE) of MISO and numerous other MISO transmission owners, including ATC, "due to changes in the capital markets." The complaint alleges that the MISO ROE should not exceed 9.15%, the equity components of hypothetical capital structures should be restricted to 50%, and the relevant incentive ROE adders should be discontinued. FERC denied the portion of the complaint seeking to restrict the use of capital structures that include more than 50% common equity and also denied the portion of the complaint requesting the termination of the incentive ROE adders used by certain transmission owners. MISO's base ROE is 12.38% and ATC's base ROE is 12.2%. FERC ordered formal hearing proceedings to begin, and an initial decision in the complaint is expected by November 30, 2015. ATC provided MGE its 2015 earnings reflecting an adjustment for this matter representing ATC's estimate of its refund liability. We derived approximately 6.0% of our net income for the three months ended March 31, 2015, from our investment in ATC.


General Economic Conditions: Economic conditions both inside and outside our service area are expected to continue to affect the level of demand for our utility services and may affect the collection of our accounts receivable and the creditworthiness of counterparties with whom we do business. We have in place lines of credit aggregating $150 million for MGE Energy (including MGE) and $100 million for MGE to address our liquidity needs. As of March 31, 2015, there were no borrowings outstanding under our lines of credit.


The following discussion is based on the business segments as discussed in Footnote 13 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.


Three Months Ended March 31, 2015 and 2014


Electric Utility Operations - MGE Energy and MGE


Electric sales and revenues


The following table compares MGE's electric revenues and electric kWh sales by customer class for each of the periods indicated:


 

 

Revenues

 

Sales (kWh)

(In thousands)

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2015

 

2014

 

% Change

 

2015

 

2014

 

% Change

Residential

$

 34,247

$

 35,293

 

 (3.0)%

 

 206,813

 

 221,696

 

 (6.7)%

Commercial

 

 51,178

 

 50,161

 

 2.0 %

 

 441,435

 

 448,480

 

 (1.6)%

Industrial

 

 4,692

 

 4,581

 

 2.4 %

 

 58,723

 

 58,305

 

 0.7 %

Other-retail/municipal

 

 9,161

 

 8,254

 

 11.0 %

 

 101,423

 

 89,435

 

 13.4 %

    Total retail

 

 99,278

 

 98,289

 

 1.0 %

 

 808,394

 

 817,916

 

 (1.2)%

Sales to the market

 

 296

 

 1,960

 

 (84.9)%

 

 7,933

 

 44,167

 

 (82.0)%

Adjustments to revenues

 

 (1,334)

 

 (1,397)

 

 4.5 %

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -  %

    Total

$

 98,240

$

 98,852

 

 (0.6)%

 

 816,327

 

 862,083

 

 (5.3)%


Electric operating revenues decreased $0.6 million or 0.6% for the three months ended March 31, 2015, compared to the same period in 2014, due to the following:


 

(In millions)

 

 

 

 

Sales to the market

$

(1.6)

 

 

Volume

 

(1.1)

 

 

Rate changes

 

2.1

 

 

Total

$

(0.6)

 




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·

Sales to the market. Sales to the market represent wholesale sales made to third parties who are not ultimate users of the electricity. These sales may include spot market transactions on the markets operated by MISO and PJM. These sales may also include bilateral sales to other utilities or power marketers. Generating units are dispatched by MISO based on cost considerations as well as reliability of the system. Sales to the market typically occur when MGE has more generation and purchases online than are needed for its own system demand. The excess electricity is then sold to others in the market. For the three months ended March 31, 2015, market volumes decreased compared to the same period in the prior year, reflecting decreased opportunities for sales. Market settlement resulted in lower revenue per kWh for the three months ended March 31, 2015, reflecting lower market prices.


·

Volume. During the three months ended March 31, 2015, there was a 1.2% decrease in total retail sales volumes compared to the same period in the prior year driven by lower customer demand.


·

Rate changes. Rates charged to retail customers for the three months ended March 31, 2015, were 2.2% or $2.1 million higher than those charged during the same period in the prior year.


In December 2014, the PSCW authorized MGE to increase 2015 rates for retail electric customers by 3.8% or $15.4 million. The increase in retail electric rates cover costs associated with the construction of emission-reduction equipment at Columbia, improvements and reliability of the state's electric transmission system, fuel and purchased power related to coal delivery costs, partially offset by lower cost as a result of market conditions for pension and postretirement benefit costs.


Electric fuel and purchased power


Electric fuel and purchased power costs reflect a decrease in internal generation volumes offset by an increase in the volume of purchased power when compared to the prior period. Adjustments related to the regulatory recovery for fuel costs, known as fuel rules, increases purchased power expense. These items are explained below.


Fuel for electric generation

The expense for fuel for internal electric generation decreased $2.2 million during the three months ended March 31, 2015, compared to the same period in the prior year, due to the following:


 

(In millions)

 

 

 

 

Decrease in volume

$

(2.4)

 

 

Increase in per-unit cost

 

0.2

 

 

Total

$

(2.2)

 


This decrease in expense reflects a 17.3% decrease in internal generated volume delivered to the system primarily as a result of reduced generation at Columbia, partially offset by a 1.7% increase in per-unit cost of internal electric generation.


Purchased power

Purchased power expense increased $4.3 million during the three months ended March 31, 2015, compared to the same period in the prior year, due to the following:


 

(In millions)

 

 

 

 

Increase in volume

$

3.2

 

 

Decrease in per-unit cost

 

(2.9)

 

 

Fuel Rules Adjustments

 

 

 

 

    Increase in recorded fuel rule credit

 

2.4

 

 

    Amortization of 2012 fuel rule credits in 2014

 

1.6

 

 

Total

$

4.3

 


The increase in expense reflects a 12.1% decrease in the per-unit cost of purchased power and a 15.8% increase in the volume of power purchased from third parties primarily as a result of the reduced generation at Columbia.


Under fuel rules, MGE is required to defer electric fuel-related costs that fall outside a 2% cost tolerance band around the amount used in the most recent rate proceeding. Any fuel rules adjustments are reflected in purchased power expense. Cost savings that may be returned to customers are recorded as an increase to purchased power expense, and higher costs that MGE is entitled to recover, after adjustment for excess revenues, are recorded as a reduction to purchased power expense. Any over/under recovery of the deferred costs is determined on an annual basis and adjusted



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in future billings to customers. During the three months ended March 31, 2015, MGE deferred $2.4 million in fuel related cost savings to be returned to customers. During the three months ended March 31, 2014, MGE amortized $1.6 million of the 2012 fuel rule credits.


Electric operating and maintenance expenses


Electric operating and maintenance expenses increased $0.5 million during the three months ended March 31, 2015, compared to the same period in 2014. The following changes contributed to the net change:


 

(In millions)

 

 

 

 

Increased administrative and general costs

$

0.5

 

 

Increased transmission costs

 

0.4

 

 

Increased customer services

 

0.2

 

 

Decreased customer accounts costs

 

(0.4)

 

 

Decreased distribution expenses

 

(0.2)

 

 

Total

$

0.5

 


Electric depreciation expense


Electric depreciation expense increased $1.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015, compared to the same period in the prior year. This increase is related to the completion of the Columbia environmental project. The systems and equipment for Unit 2 and Unit 1 were placed into service in April 2014 and July 2014, respectively.


Other Electric Income


Other electric income decreased $1.7 million, primarily due to AFUDC equity related to the completion of the Columbia environmental project. Unit 2 and Unit 1 were placed into service in April and July 2014, respectively.


Gas Utility Operations - MGE Energy and MGE


Gas deliveries and revenues


The following table compares MGE's gas revenues and gas therms delivered by customer class during each of the periods indicated:


 

 

Revenues

 

Therms Delivered

(In thousands, except HDD and average rate per therm of retail customer)

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2015

 

2014

 

% Change

 

2015

 

2014

 

% Change

Residential

$

 39,688

$

 59,191

 

 (32.9)%

 

 50,860

 

 57,368

 

 (11.3)%

Commercial/Industrial

 

 28,596

 

 50,411

 

 (43.3)%

 

 43,827

 

 62,024

 

 (29.3)%

    Total retail

 

 68,284

 

 109,602

 

 (37.7)%

 

 94,687

 

 119,392

 

 (20.7)%

Gas transportation

 

 1,468

 

 953

 

 54.0 %

 

 24,994

 

 12,494

 

 100.0 %

Other revenues

 

 176

 

 158

 

 11.4 %

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -  %

    Total

$

 69,928

$

 110,713

 

 (36.8)%

 

 119,681

 

 131,886

 

 (9.3)%

Heating degree days (normal 3,514)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,834

 

 4,278

 

(10.4)%

Average rate per therm of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

retail customer

$

0.721

$

0.918

 

(21.5)%

 

 

 

 

 

 


Gas revenues decreased $40.8 million or 36.8% for the three months ended March 31, 2015, compared to the same period in 2014. These changes are related to the following factors:


 

(In millions)

 

 

 

 

Volume

$

(22.7)

 

 

Rate/PGA changes

 

(18.6)

 

 

Transportation and other effects

 

0.5

 

 

Total

$

(40.8)

 


·

Volume. For the three months ended March 31, 2015, retail gas deliveries decreased 20.7% compared to the same period in the prior year, as a result of extremely cold weather experienced in 2014.




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·

Rate/PGA changes. In December 2014, the PSCW approved changes to customer rates and rate design for gas service. Rates were reduced by 2.0%, effective January 1, 2015. Gas rate design consists of a fixed monthly customer charge and a variable charge tied to actual usage, in addition to the separate charge for natural gas commodity costs (PGA). The change shifted more of the rate recovery to the monthly charge, reflecting the related fixed costs of providing gas services, and reduced the variable usage-based charge. Thus, gas net income is expected to be more evenly distributed during the year and less sensitive to weather.


MGE recovers the cost of natural gas in its gas segment through the purchased gas adjustment clause (PGA). Under the PGA, MGE is able to pass through to its gas customers the cost of gas. Changes in PGA recoveries affect revenues, but do not impact net income.


The average retail rate per therm for the three months ended March 31, 2015, decreased 21.5% compared to the same period in 2014, reflecting a $15.3 million decrease in natural gas commodity costs (PGA) and $3.3 million decrease ($8.6 million decrease in variable rate costs offset by an increase of $5.3 million in fixed rate charges) related to rate design changes. As noted previously, as a result of the rate design changes, revenues in the first and fourth quarters, when usage is higher, are expected to be lower than in past years; and revenues in the second and third quarters, when usage is lower, are expected to be higher than in past years.


Cost of gas sold


For the three months ended March 31, 2015, cost of gas sold decreased by $31.6 million, compared to the same period in the prior year. The cost per therm of natural gas decreased 24.8%, which resulted in $15.5 million of decreased expense. The volume of gas purchased decreased 20.6%, which resulted in $16.1 million of decreased expense.


Gas operating and maintenance expenses


Gas operating and maintenance expenses decreased by $0.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015, compared to the same period in 2014. The following changes contributed to the net change:


 

(In millions)

 

 

 

 

Decreased distribution expenses

$

(0.2)

 

 

Decreased customer service costs

 

(0.2)

 

 

Decreased customer accounts costs

 

(0.2)

 

 

Increased administrative and general costs

 

0.3

 

 

Total

$

(0.3)

 


Nonregulated Energy Operations - MGE Energy and MGE


For the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, net income at the nonregulated energy operations segment was $5.0 million and $4.7 million, respectively. The nonregulated energy operations are conducted through MGE Energy's subsidiaries: MGE Power Elm Road and MGE Power West Campus, which have been formed to own and lease electric generating capacity to assist MGE.


Transmission Investment Operations - MGE Energy and MGE


Transmission investment other income


For the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, other income at the transmission investment segment was $1.9 million and $2.5 million, respectively. The transmission investment segment holds our interest in ATC, and its income reflects our equity in the earnings of ATC. See Footnote 3 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements and Other Matters below for additional information concerning ATC and summarized financial information regarding ATC.


Consolidated Income Taxes - MGE Energy and MGE


MGE Energy's effective income tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, was 36.7% and 37.0%, respectively. MGE's effective income tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, was 36.6% and 36.9%, respectively. The decrease in the effective tax rate is due in part to a higher estimated domestic manufacturing deduction, offset by lower AFUDC equity earnings in 2015.




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Noncontrolling Interest, Net of Tax - MGE


The noncontrolling interest, net of tax, reflects the accounting required for MGE Energy's interest in MGE Power Elm Road (the Elm Road Units) and MGE Power West Campus (WCCF). MGE Energy owns 100% of MGE Power Elm Road and MGE Power West Campus; however, due to the contractual agreements for these projects with MGE, the entities are considered VIEs with respect to MGE and their results are consolidated with those of MGE, the primary beneficiary of the VIEs. Also included in noncontrolling interest, net of tax, is MGE Energy's interest in MGE Transco, which holds our investment in ATC. The following table shows MGE Energy's noncontrolling interest, net of tax, reflected on MGE's consolidated statement of income:


 

 

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

(In millions)

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

MGE Power Elm Road

$

4.1

$

3.9

 

 

MGE Power West Campus

 

1.9

 

1.9

 

 

MGE Transco

 

0.6

 

0.7

 


Contractual Obligations and Commercial Commitments - MGE Energy and MGE


There were no material changes, other than from the normal course of business, to MGE Energy's and MGE's contractual obligations (representing cash obligations that are considered to be firm commitments) and commercial commitments (representing commitments triggered by future events) during the three months ended March 31, 2015. Further discussion of the contractual obligations and commercial commitments is included in Footnote 18 of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, and "Contractual Obligations and Commercial Commitments for MGE Energy and MGE" under "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in MGE Energy's and MGE's 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K.


Liquidity and Capital Resources


MGE Energy and MGE have adequate liquidity to fund future operations and capital expenditures over the next twelve months. Available resources include cash and cash equivalents, operating cash flows, liquid assets, borrowing capacity under revolving credit facilities, and access to equity and debt capital markets.


Cash Flows


The following summarizes cash flows for MGE Energy and MGE during the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014:


 

 

 

MGE Energy

 

MGE

 

 

(In thousands)

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

Cash provided by/(used for):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Operating activities

$

 34,640

$

 58,370

 

$

 36,499

$

 60,545

 

 

    Investing activities

 

 (11,861)

 

 (23,175)

 

 

 (11,728)

 

 (22,970)

 

 

    Financing activities

 

 (17,831)

 

 (10,519)

 

 

 (12,177)

 

 (14,395)

 


Cash Provided by Operating Activities


MGE Energy


MGE Energy's consolidated net cash provided by operating activities is derived mainly from the electric and gas operations of its principal subsidiary, MGE.


Cash provided by operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2015, was $34.6 million, a decrease of $23.7 million when compared to the same period in the prior year. The decrease is primarily related to pension contributions in 2015.


MGE Energy's net income decreased $9.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015, when compared to the same period in the prior year.




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MGE Energy's federal and state taxes paid decreased $2.0 million during the three months ended March 31, 2015, when compared to the same period in the prior year, primarily due to lower federal tax payments made in 2015.


Working capital accounts (excluding prepaid and accrued taxes) resulted in $1.0 million in cash used for operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2015, primarily due to decreased gas inventories and decreased unbilled revenues, partially offset by decreased accounts payable, decreased other current liabilities, and increased receivables. Working capital accounts (excluding prepaid and accrued taxes) resulted in $5.1 million in cash provided by operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2014, primarily due to increased accounts payable and decreased gas inventories, partially offset by increased accounts receivable and decreased other current liabilities.


An increase in pension contribution resulted in an additional $10.0 million in cash used by operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2015, when compared to the same period in the prior year. Pension contributions reflect amounts required by law and discretionary amounts. There were no required contributions and no discretionary contributions for 2014.


MGE


Cash provided by operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2015, was $36.5 million, a decrease of $24.0 million when compared to the same period in the prior year. The decrease is primarily related to pension contributions in 2015.


Net income decreased $9.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015, when compared to the same period in the prior year.


MGE's federal and state taxes paid to MGE Energy decreased $2.0 million during the three months ended March 31, 2015, when compared to the same period in the prior year, primarily due to lower federal tax payments made in 2014.


Working capital accounts (excluding prepaid and accrued taxes) resulted in $7.8 million in cash provided by operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2015, primarily due to decreased unbilled revenues, decreased gas inventories, and decreased receivables, partially offset by decreased other current liabilities and decreased accounts payable. Working capital accounts (excluding prepaid taxes and accrued taxes) resulted in $7.8 million in cash provided by operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2014, primarily due to increased accounts payable and decreased gas inventories, partially offset by increased accounts receivable.


An increase in pension contribution resulted in an additional $10.0 million in cash used by operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2015, when compared to the same period in the prior year. Pension contributions reflect amounts required by law and discretionary amounts. There were no required contributions and no discretionary contributions for 2014.


Cash Used for Investing Activities


MGE Energy


MGE Energy's cash used for investing activities decreased $11.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015, when compared to the same period in the prior year.


Capital expenditures for the three months ended March 31, 2015, were $11.5 million. This amount represents a decrease of $10.3 million from the expenditures made in the same period in the prior year. This decrease primarily reflects $4.7 million of lower expenditures on the Columbia environmental project in 2015 versus 2014 and decreased expenditures on electric distribution assets.


MGE


MGE's cash used for investing activities decreased $11.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015, when compared to the same period in the prior year.


Capital expenditures for the three months ended March 31, 2015, were $11.5 million. This amount represents a decrease of $10.3 million from the expenditures made in the same period in the prior year. This decrease primarily reflects $4.7 million of lower expenditures on the Columbia environmental project in 2015 versus 2014 and decreased expenditures on electric distribution assets.




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Cash Used for Financing Activities


MGE Energy


Cash used for MGE Energy's financing activities was $17.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015, compared to $10.5 million of cash used for MGE Energy's financing activities in the three months ended March 31, 2014.


For the three months ended March 31, 2015, dividends paid were $9.8 million compared to $9.4 million in the prior year. This increase was a result of a higher dividend per share ($0.283 vs. $0.272).


For the three months ended March 31, 2015, net short term debt repayments were $7.0 million. There were no short term debt repayments for the same period in the prior year.


MGE


During the three months ended March 31, 2015, cash used for MGE's financing activities was $12.2 million compared to $14.4 million of cash used for MGE's financing activities in the prior year.


No cash dividends were paid from MGE to MGE Energy for the three months ended March 31, 2015. For the three months ended March 31, 2014, cash dividends paid from MGE to MGE Energy were $7.0 million.


Distributions to parent from noncontrolling interest, which represent distributions from MGE Power Elm Road and MGE Power West Campus, were $6.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015, compared to $6.9 million in the prior year.


For three months ended March 31, 2015, equity contributions received from Power West Campus and Transco were $2.7 million compared to $0.5 million in the prior year.


For the three months ended March 31, 2015, net short term debt repayments were $7.0 million. There were no short term debt repayments for the same period in the prior year.


Capitalization Ratios


MGE Energy's capitalization ratios were as follows:


 

 

MGE Energy

 

 

 

March 31, 2015

 

December 31, 2014

 

 

Common shareholders' equity

62.6 %

 

61.9 %

 

 

Long-term debt*

37.4 %

 

37.5 %

 

 

Short-term debt

-%

 

0.6 %

 

 

*Includes the current portion of long-term debt.

 


MGE Energy's and MGE's Capital Requirements


MGE Energy's and MGE's liquidity are primarily affected by their capital requirements. During the three months ended March 31, 2015, capital expenditures for MGE Energy and MGE totaled $11.5 million, which included $10.8 million of capital expenditures for utility operations.


Credit Ratings


MGE Energy's and MGE's access to the capital markets, including, in the case of MGE, the commercial paper market, and their respective financing costs in those markets, may depend on the credit ratings of the entity that is accessing the capital markets.


None of MGE Energy's or MGE's borrowing is subject to default or prepayment as a result of a downgrading of credit ratings, although a downgrading of MGE's credit ratings could increase fees and interest charges under both MGE Energy's and MGE's credit agreements.




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Environmental Matters


The following discussion is limited to updates or developments in environmental matters that occurred during the three months ended March 31, 2015. Further discussion of environmental matters is included in MGE Energy's and MGE's 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K and Footnote 8.a. of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in this Report.


Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) NAAQS

In March 2015 pursuant to the court-approved consent decree with environmental groups, the EPA identified and published in the Federal Register a list of SO2 NAAQS sources that meet an annual mass emissions and/or emissions rate threshold criteria (based on 2012 data) and thus will be included in the next round of attainment/nonattainment designations. As per the consent decree, States need to send their recommended designations to the EPA by September 2015. The EPA will need to make a final determination by July 2016.


MGE's Columbia plant was included in the EPA's Federal Register notice as a plant located within a county that will be required to undergo an attainment/nonattainment designation by September of this year. The State of Wisconsin will likely need to use air modeling to accomplish this as there are no current monitors or data to use. Since the 2012 data was collected, Columbia has installed pollution control equipment that has lowered its total SO2 emissions and its SO2 emissions rate. However, we will not know with any certainty if Columbia County will be determined to be in attainment until the State of Wisconsin completes its attainment/nonattainment demonstration. The outcome of this designation may have an adverse effect on the operation of the Columbia plant. MGE will monitor and participate in developments with the Columbia County designation process.


Other Matters


ATC


Several parties have filed a complaint with FERC seeking to reduce the base return on equity (ROE) of MISO and numerous other MISO transmission owners, including ATC, "due to changes in the capital markets." The complaint alleges that the MISO ROE should not exceed 9.15%, the equity components of hypothetical capital structures should be restricted to 50%, and the relevant incentive ROE adders should be discontinued. FERC denied the portion of the complaint seeking to restrict the use of capital structures that include more than 50% common equity and also denied the portion of the complaint requesting the termination of the incentive ROE adders used by certain transmission owners. MISO's base ROE is 12.38% and ATC's base ROE is 12.2%. FERC ordered formal hearing proceedings to begin, and an initial decision in the complaint is expected by November 30, 2015. ATC provided MGE its 2015 earnings reflecting an adjustment for this matter representing ATC's estimate of its refund liability. We derived approximately 6.0% of our net income for the three months ended March 31, 2015, from our investment in ATC.


Rate Matters


MGE does not plan to file a base rate case for 2016 and will file a fuel only case later this year. As a result, MGE will request from the PSCW the continuation of the transmission escrow through December 31, 2016.


New Accounting Principles


See Footnote 12 of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for discussion of new accounting pronouncements.


Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.


MGE Energy and MGE are potentially exposed to market risk associated with interest rates, commodity prices, and equity returns. MGE currently has no exposure to foreign currency risk. MGE manages some risk exposure through risk management policies and the use of derivative instruments. MGE's risk management policy prohibits speculative trading transactions.


Commodity Price Risk


MGE has commodity price risk exposure with respect to the price of natural gas, electricity, coal, emission credits, and oil. MGE's electric operations burn natural gas in several of its peaking power plants and, in many cases, the cost of purchased power is tied to the cost of natural gas. MGE employs established policies and procedures to reduce the market risks associated with changing commodity prices. MGE's commodity risks are somewhat mitigated by the current ratemaking process in place for recovering electric fuel cost, purchased energy costs, and the cost of natural gas.




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MGE's electric fuel costs are subject to fuel rules established by the PSCW. The fuel rules require the PSCW and Wisconsin utilities to defer electric fuel-related costs that fall outside a symmetrical cost tolerance band. Any over/under recovery of the actual costs is determined on an annual basis and is adjusted in future billings to electric retail customers. Under the electric fuel rules, MGE is required to defer the benefit of lower costs if the actual electric fuel costs fall outside the lower end of the range and is required to defer costs, less any excess revenues, if the actual electric fuel costs exceed the upper end of the range. Excess revenues are defined as revenues in the year in question that provide MGE with a greater return on common equity than authorized by the PSCW in MGE's latest rate order. The range is defined by the PSCW and has been modified throughout the years based on market conditions and other relevant factors. Currently, MGE is subject to a plus or minus 2% range. MGE assumes the risks and benefits of variances that are within the cost tolerance band. For 2015, fuel and purchased power costs included in MGE's base fuel rates are $123.0 million. See Footnote 10.b. of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.


MGE recovers the cost of natural gas in its gas segment through the purchased gas adjustment clause (PGA). Under the PGA, MGE is able to pass through to its gas customers the cost of gas.


MGE also reduces price risk caused by market fluctuations via physical contracts and financial derivative contracts, including futures, swaps, options, forwards, and other contractual commitments. The maximum length of time over which cash flows related to energy commodities can be hedged under applicable PSCW approvals is four years.


MGE has financial gas and electric commodity contracts to hedge commodity price risk in the gas and electric segments. These contracts are primarily comprised of exchange-traded option and future contracts. MGE also holds FTRs, which are used to hedge the risk of increased transmission congestion charges. At March 31, 2015, the cost basis of these instruments exceeded their fair value by $0.6 million. Under the PGA clause and electric fuel rules, MGE may include in the costs of fuel (natural gas or power) the costs and benefits of the aforementioned fuel price risk management tools. Because these costs/benefits are recoverable, the related unrealized loss/gain has been deferred on the consolidated balance sheet as a regulatory asset/liability.


MGE has also entered into a ten-year purchased power agreement that provides MGE with firm capacity and energy that began on June 1, 2012, and ends on May 31, 2022 (the "base term"). The agreement also allows MGE an option to extend the contract after the base term. The agreement is considered a derivative contract and is recognized at its fair value on the consolidated balance sheet. However, the derivative qualifies for regulatory deferral and is recognized with a corresponding regulatory asset or liability depending on whether the fair value is in a loss or gain position. The fair value of the contract at March 31, 2015, reflects a loss position of $53.4 million.


Interest Rate Risk


Both MGE Energy and MGE may have short term borrowings at varying interest rates. MGE issues commercial paper for its short-term borrowings, while MGE Energy draws from its current credit facility to meet its short-term borrowing needs. Borrowing levels vary from period to period depending upon capital investments and other factors. Future short-term interest expense and payments will reflect both future short-term interest rates and borrowing levels. MGE Energy and MGE manage interest rate risk by limiting their variable rate exposure and continually monitoring the effects of market changes on interest rates. MGE is not exposed to changes in interest rates on a substantial portion of its long-term debt until that debt matures and is refinanced at market rates.


Equity Price Risk - Pension-Related Assets


MGE currently funds its liabilities related to employee benefits through trust funds. These funds, which include investments in debt and equity securities, are managed by various investment managers. Changes in market value of these investments can have an impact on the future expenses related to these liabilities.


Credit Risk - Counterparty


Credit risk is the loss that may result from counterparty nonperformance. MGE is exposed to credit risk primarily through its merchant energy business. MGE uses credit policies to manage its credit risk, which include utilizing an established credit approval process, monitoring counterparty limits, employing credit mitigation measures such as collateral or prepayment arrangements, and using netting agreements.




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Due to the possibility of extreme volatility in the prices of energy commodities and derivatives, the market value of contractual positions with individual counterparties could exceed established credit limits or collateral provided by those counterparties. If such a counterparty were then to fail to perform its obligations under its contract (for example, fail to deliver the electricity MGE originally contracted for), MGE could sustain a loss that could have a material impact on its financial results.


Additionally, if a counterparty were to default and MGE were to liquidate all contracts with that entity, MGE's credit loss would include the loss in value of mark-to-market contracts; the amount owed for settled transactions; and additional payments, if any, to settle unrealized losses on accrual contracts. As of March 31, 2015, no counterparties have defaulted.


MGE is obligated to provide service to all electric and gas customers within its respective franchised territories. MGE's franchised electric territory includes a 316 square-mile area in Dane County, Wisconsin, and MGE's franchised gas territory includes a service area covering 1,649 square miles in Wisconsin. Based on results for the year ended December 31, 2014, no one customer constituted more than 10% of total operating revenues for MGE Energy and MGE. Credit risk for electric and gas is managed by MGE's credit and collection policies, which are consistent with state regulatory requirements.


Cash, cash equivalents, and customer accounts receivable are the financial instruments that potentially subject MGE Energy and MGE to concentrations of credit risk. MGE Energy and MGE place their cash and cash equivalents with high credit-quality financial institutions. MGE has limited concentrations of credit risk from customer accounts receivable because of the large number of customers and relatively strong economy in its service territory.




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Item 4. Controls and Procedures.


During the first quarter of 2015, each registrant's management, including the principal executive officer and principal financial officer, evaluated its disclosure controls and procedures related to the recording, processing, summarization, and reporting of information in its periodic reports that it files with the SEC. These disclosure controls and procedures have been designed to ensure that material information relating to that registrant, including its subsidiaries, is accumulated and made known to that registrant's management, including these officers, by other employees of that registrant and its subsidiaries as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure, and that this information is recorded, processed, summarized, evaluated, and reported, as applicable, within the time periods specified in the SEC's rules and forms. Due to the inherent limitations of control systems, not all misstatements may be detected. These inherent limitations include the realities that judgments in decision making can be faulty and breakdowns can occur because of simple error or mistake. Additionally, controls can be circumvented by the individual acts of some persons, by collusion of two or more people, or by management override of the control. Also, the registrants do not control or manage certain of their unconsolidated entities and thus, their access and ability to apply their procedures to those entities is more limited than is the case for their consolidated subsidiaries.


As of March 31, 2015, each registrant's principal executive officer and principal financial officer concluded that its disclosure controls and procedures were effective. Each registrant intends to strive continually to improve its disclosure controls and procedures to enhance the quality of its financial reporting.


During the quarter ended March 31, 2015, there were no changes in either registrant's internal controls over financial reporting that materially affected, or are reasonably likely to affect materially, that registrant's internal control over financial reporting.




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PART II. OTHER INFORMATION.


Item 1. Legal Proceedings.


MGE Energy and MGE


MGE Energy and its subsidiaries, including MGE, from time to time are involved in various legal proceedings that are handled and defended in the ordinary course of business.


See Footnote 8.a. and 8.b. of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for more information.


Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.


Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

Period

 

Total Number of Shares Purchased

 

Average Price Paid per Share

 

Total Number of Shares Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced Plans or Programs*

 

Maximum number (or Approximate Dollar Value) of Shares That May Yet Be Purchased Under the Plans or Programs*

January 1-31, 2015

 

24,850

$

46.20

 

-

 

-

February 1-28, 2015

 

29,800

 

45.03

 

-

 

-

March 1-31, 2015

 

77,850

 

42.65

 

-

 

-

Total

 

132,500

$

43.85

 

-

 

-


*Under the Stock Plan, common stock shares deliverable to plan participants may be either newly issued shares or shares purchased on the open market, as determined from time to time by MGE Energy. In June 2009, MGE Energy switched to using open market purchases to provide shares to meet obligations to participants in the Stock Plan. The shares are purchased on the open market through a securities broker-dealer and then are reissued under the Stock Plan as needed to meet share delivery requirements. The volume and timing of share repurchases in the open market depends upon the level of dividend reinvestment and optional share purchases being made from time to time by plan participants. As a result, there is no specified maximum number of shares to be repurchased and no specified termination date for the repurchases. All shares issued through the Stock Plan, whether newly issued or reissued following open market purchases, are issued and sold pursuant to a registration statement that was filed with the SEC and is currently effective.


Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.


Not applicable to MGE Energy and MGE.


Item 6. Exhibits.


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Statement regarding computation of ratio of earnings to fixed charges for Madison Gas and Electric Company.


Certifications Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 as to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, filed by the following officers for the following companies:


31.1

Filed by Gary J. Wolter for MGE Energy, Inc.

31.2

Filed by Jeffrey C. Newman for MGE Energy, Inc.

31.3

Filed by Gary J. Wolter for Madison Gas and Electric Company

31.4

Filed by Jeffrey C. Newman for Madison Gas and Electric Company


Certifications Pursuant to Section 1350 of Chapter 63 of Title 18 United States Code (Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002) as to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, filed by the following officers for the following companies:


32.1

Filed by Gary J. Wolter for MGE Energy, Inc.

32.2

Filed by Jeffrey C. Newman for MGE Energy, Inc.

32.3

Filed by Gary J. Wolter for Madison Gas and Electric Company

32.4

Filed by Jeffrey C. Newman for Madison Gas and Electric Company




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101

Interactive Data Files:

101.INS

XBRL Instance

101.SCH

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema

101.CAL

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation

101.DEF

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition

101.LAB

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels

101.PRE

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation



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Signatures - MGE Energy, Inc.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



 

MGE ENERGY, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: May 7, 2015

/s/ Gary J. Wolter

 

Gary J. Wolter

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

(Duly Authorized Officer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: May 7, 2015

/s/ Jeffrey C. Newman

 

Jeffrey C. Newman

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer

(Chief Financial and Accounting Officer)

 



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Signatures - Madison Gas and Electric Company


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



 

MADISON GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: May 7, 2015

/s/ Gary J. Wolter

 

Gary J. Wolter

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

(Duly Authorized Officer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: May 7, 2015

/s/ Jeffrey C. Newman

 

Jeffrey C. Newman

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer

(Chief Financial and Accounting Officer)





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