PORT HURON, Mich., June 20, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.
(NYSE: SEN) today announced that it had received an order from the Regulatory
Commission of Alaska (RCA) which, among other things, requires that its ENSTAR
Natural Gas Company division and Alaska Pipeline Company (APC) subsidiary file
a revenue requirement and cost of service study (including rate design data)
with the RCA. The order requires that these rate case items be filed by
June 6, 2008, based on a 2007 test year. In addition, ENSTAR and APC are
required to file, by June 1, 2007, a depreciation study of utility plant as of
December 31, 2006.
The RCA order also terminates a proceeding that had been initiated to
investigate the financing provided to the Company by K-1 GHM, LLP (K-1). In
March 2005, SEMCO ENERGY repurchased convertible preference stock and warrants
issued to K-1 and asked the RCA to terminate its investigation of that
financing, including whether K-1's investment resulted in a change in control
of the Company.
George A. Schreiber, Jr., Company President and Chief Executive Officer,
said, "We are pleased that the RCA has terminated the K-1 financing docket, in
response to the Company's repurchasing of K-1's investment."
Schreiber continued: "It also appears the RCA struck a reasonable balance
in addressing unrelated proposals raised in that financing docket, by choosing
2008 as the year for the next rate case for our Alaska operations. This will
allow adequate time to implement the changes from the prior rate case. It
also gives us the opportunity to improve the capital structure and take other
steps to improve the Company's overall financial health."
SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. distributes natural gas to more than 400,000 customers
combined in Michigan, as SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, and in Alaska, as ENSTAR
Natural Gas Company. It also owns and operates businesses involved in propane
distribution, intrastate pipelines and natural gas storage in various regions
of the United States.
The following is a "Safe-Harbor" statement under the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This release contains forward-looking
statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Statements that are not
historic facts, including statements about the Company's outlook, beliefs,
plans, goals and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Factors that
may impact forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the
effects of weather, the economic climate, competition, commodity prices,
changing conditions in the capital markets, regulatory approval processes,
success in obtaining new business, success in defending claims against the
Company, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's
Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
SOURCE SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.
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