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$73.03 315 $23,040
10-Q 2018-09-30 Quarter: 2018-09-30
10-Q 2018-06-30 Quarter: 2018-06-30
10-Q 2018-03-31 Quarter: 2018-03-31
10-K 2017-12-31 Annual: 2017-12-31
10-Q 2017-09-30 Quarter: 2017-09-30
10-Q 2017-06-30 Quarter: 2017-06-30
10-Q 2017-03-31 Quarter: 2017-03-31
10-K 2016-12-31 Annual: 2016-12-31
10-Q 2016-09-30 Quarter: 2016-09-30
10-Q 2016-06-30 Quarter: 2016-06-30
10-Q 2016-03-31 Quarter: 2016-03-31
10-K 2015-12-31 Annual: 2015-12-31
8-K 2019-02-12 Regulation FD, Exhibits
8-K 2019-02-12 Earnings
8-K 2019-01-17 Officers, Exhibits
8-K 2019-01-09 Regulation FD, Exhibits
8-K 2018-12-06 Officers
8-K 2018-11-09 Regulation FD, Exhibits
8-K 2018-11-08 Officers
8-K 2018-10-31 Earnings
8-K 2018-10-08 Officers
8-K 2018-09-06 Officers
8-K 2018-09-04 Regulation FD, Exhibits
8-K 2018-08-08 Regulation FD, Exhibits
8-K 2018-07-31 Earnings
8-K 2018-06-19 Regulation FD, Exhibits
8-K 2018-06-04 Other Events, Exhibits
8-K 2018-05-14 Regulation FD, Exhibits
8-K 2018-05-03 Shareholder Vote
8-K 2018-05-01 Earnings
8-K 2018-04-02 Regulation FD, Exhibits
8-K 2018-03-29 Officers
8-K 2018-03-14 Regulation FD, Exhibits
8-K 2018-02-12 Regulation FD, Exhibits
8-K 2018-01-31 Earnings
8-K 2018-01-10 Officers
8-K 2018-01-09 Regulation FD, Exhibits
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WEC 2018-09-30
Part I. Financial Information
Item 1. Financial Statements
Note 1-General Information
Note 2-Acquisitions
Note 3-Disposition
Note 4-Operating Revenues
Note 5-Regulatory Assets and Liabilities
Note 6-Property, Plant, and Equipment
Note 7-Common Equity
Note 8-Short-Term Debt and Lines of Credit
Note 9-Long-Term Debt
Note 10-Materials, Supplies, and Inventories
Note 11-Income Taxes
Note 12-Fair Value Measurements
Note 13-Derivative Instruments
Note 14-Guarantees
Note 15-Employee Benefits
Note 16-Goodwill
Note 17-Investment in Transmission Affiliates
Note 18-Segment Information
Note 19-Variable Interest Entities
Note 20-Commitments and Contingencies
Note 21-Supplemental Cash Flow Information
Note 22-Regulatory Environment
Note 23-New Accounting Pronouncements
Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Item 4. Controls and Procedures
Part II. Other Information
Item 1. Legal Proceedings
Item 1A. Risk Factors
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
Item 6. Exhibits
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10-Q 1 a2018q3wec10q.htm WEC ENERGY GROUP SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 FORM 10-Q Document
 

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549

FORM 10-Q

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the Quarterly Period Ended September 30, 2018
Commission
File Number
 
Registrant; State of Incorporation;
Address; and Telephone Number
 
IRS Employer
Identification No.
001-09057
 
WEC ENERGY GROUP, INC.
 
39-1391525
 
 
 (A Wisconsin Corporation)
 
 
 
 
231 West Michigan Street
 
 
 
 
P.O. Box 1331
 
 
 
 
Milwaukee, WI 53201
 
 
 
 
(414) 221-2345
 
 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has 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) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. 

Yes [X]    No [  ]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate website, 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 registrant was 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, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of "large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer," "smaller reporting company," and "emerging growth company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
 
Large accelerated filer [X]
 
Accelerated filer [  ]
 
Non-accelerated filer [  ] (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
 
Smaller reporting company [  ]
 
 
 
Emerging growth company [  ]

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. [ ]

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

Yes [  ]    No [X]

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer's classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date:

Common Stock, $.01 Par Value,
315,526,051 shares outstanding at
September 30, 2018
 



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QUARTERLY REPORT ON FORM 10-Q
For the Quarter Ended September 30, 2018
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
 
Page
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Page
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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GLOSSARY OF TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

The abbreviations and terms set forth below are used throughout this report and have the meanings assigned to them below:
Subsidiaries and Affiliates
ATC
 
American Transmission Company LLC
ATC Holdco
 
ATC Holdco LLC
Bishop Hill III
 
Bishop Hill Energy III LLC
Bluewater
 
Bluewater Natural Gas Holding, LLC
Bostco
 
Bostco LLC
Integrys
 
Integrys Holding, Inc.
MERC
 
Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation
MGU
 
Michigan Gas Utilities Corporation
NSG
 
North Shore Gas Company
PDL
 
WPS Power Development, LLC
PGL
 
The Peoples Gas Light and Coke Company
UMERC
 
Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation
WE
 
Wisconsin Electric Power Company
We Power
 
W.E. Power, LLC
WG
 
Wisconsin Gas LLC
WPS
 
Wisconsin Public Service Corporation
 
 
 
Federal and State Regulatory Agencies
EPA
 
United States Environmental Protection Agency
FERC
 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
ICC
 
Illinois Commerce Commission
MDEQ
 
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
MPSC
 
Michigan Public Service Commission
MPUC
 
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
PSCW
 
Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
SEC
 
United States Securities and Exchange Commission
WDNR
 
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
 
 
 
Accounting Terms
AFUDC
 
Allowance for Funds Used During Construction
ASU
 
Accounting Standards Update
FASB
 
Financial Accounting Standards Board
GAAP
 
United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
LIFO
 
Last-In, First-Out
OPEB
 
Other Postretirement Employee Benefits
 
 
 
Environmental Terms
CAA
 
Clean Air Act
CO2
 
Carbon Dioxide
CPP
 
Clean Power Plan
GHG
 
Greenhouse Gas
NOV
 
Notice of Violation
WPDES
 
Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
 
 
 
Measurements
Dth
 
Dekatherm
MW
 
Megawatt
MWh
 
Megawatt-hour
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Other Terms and Abbreviations
2006 Junior Notes
 
Integrys's 2006 Junior Subordinated Notes Due 2066
2007 Junior Notes
 
WEC Energy Group, Inc.'s 2007 Junior Subordinated Notes Due 2067
ALJ
 
Administrative Law Judge
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
 
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
ERGS
 
Elm Road Generating Station
Exchange Act
 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended
FTRs
 
Financial Transmission Rights
MISO
 
Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.
MISO Energy Markets
 
MISO Energy and Operating Reserves Markets
OCPP
 
Oak Creek Power Plant
OC 5
 
Oak Creek Power Plant Unit 5
OC 6
 
Oak Creek Power Plant Unit 6
OC 7
 
Oak Creek Power Plant Unit 7
OC 8
 
Oak Creek Power Plant Unit 8
PIPP
 
Presque Isle Power Plant
QIP
 
Qualifying Infrastructure Plant
ROE
 
Return on Equity
SMP
 
Natural Gas System Modernization Program
Supreme Court
 
United States Supreme Court
Tax Legislation
 
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
VITA
 
Variable Income Tax Adjustment Rider


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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

In this report, we make statements concerning our expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, strategies, and future events or performance. These statements are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be identified by reference to a future period or periods or by the use of terms such as "anticipates," "believes," "could," "estimates," "expects," "forecasts," "goals," "guidance," "intends," "may," "objectives," "plans," "possible," "potential," "projects," "seeks," "should," "targets," "will," or variations of these terms.

Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements concerning management's expectations and projections regarding earnings, completion of capital projects, sales and customer growth, rate actions and related filings with regulatory authorities, environmental and other regulations and associated compliance costs, legal proceedings, dividend payout ratios, effective tax rates, pension and OPEB plans, fuel costs, sources of electric energy supply, coal and natural gas deliveries, remediation costs, environmental matters, liquidity and capital resources, and other matters.

Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the statements. These risks and uncertainties include those described in risk factors as set forth in this report and our 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K, and those identified below:

Factors affecting utility operations such as catastrophic weather-related damage, environmental incidents, unplanned facility outages and repairs and maintenance, and electric transmission or natural gas pipeline system constraints;

Factors affecting the demand for electricity and natural gas, including political developments, unusual weather, changes in economic conditions, customer growth and declines, commodity prices, energy conservation efforts, and continued adoption of distributed generation by customers;

The timing, resolution, and impact of rate cases and negotiations, including recovery of deferred and current costs and the ability to earn a reasonable return on investment, and other regulatory decisions impacting our regulated operations;

The ability to obtain and retain customers, including wholesale customers, due to increased competition in our electric and natural gas markets from retail choice and alternative electric suppliers, and continued industry consolidation;

The timely completion of capital projects within budgets, as well as the recovery of the related costs through rates;

The impact of federal, state, and local legislative and regulatory changes, including changes in rate-setting policies or procedures, deregulation and restructuring of the electric and/or natural gas utility industries, transmission or distribution system operation, the approval process for new construction, reliability standards, pipeline integrity and safety standards, allocation of energy assistance, and energy efficiency mandates;

The uncertainty surrounding the recently enacted Tax Legislation, including implementing regulations and IRS interpretations, the amount to be returned to our ratepayers, and its impact on our or our subsidiaries’ credit ratings;

Federal and state legislative and regulatory changes relating to the environment, including climate change and other environmental regulations impacting generation facilities and renewable energy standards, the enforcement of these laws and regulations, changes in the interpretation of regulations or permit conditions by regulatory agencies, and the recovery of associated remediation and compliance costs;

Factors affecting the implementation of our generation reshaping plan, including related regulatory decisions, the cost of materials, supplies, and labor, and the feasibility of competing projects;

Increased pressure on us by investors and other stakeholder groups to take more aggressive action to reduce future GHG emissions in order to limit future global temperature increases;

The risks associated with changing commodity prices, particularly natural gas and electricity, and the availability of sources of fossil fuel, natural gas, purchased power, materials needed to operate environmental controls at our electric generating facilities, or water supply due to high demand, shortages, transportation problems, nonperformance by electric energy or natural gas suppliers under existing power purchase or natural gas supply contracts, or other developments;

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Changes in credit ratings, interest rates, and our ability to access the capital markets, caused by volatility in the global credit markets, our capitalization structure, and market perceptions of the utility industry, us, or any of our subsidiaries;

Costs and effects of litigation, administrative proceedings, investigations, settlements, claims, and inquiries;

Restrictions imposed by various financing arrangements and regulatory requirements on the ability of our subsidiaries to transfer funds to us in the form of cash dividends, loans or advances, that could prevent us from paying our common stock dividends, taxes, and other expenses, and meeting our debt obligations;

The risk of financial loss, including increases in bad debt expense, associated with the inability of our customers, counterparties, and affiliates to meet their obligations;

Changes in the creditworthiness of the counterparties with whom we have contractual arrangements, including participants in the energy trading markets and fuel suppliers and transporters;

The direct or indirect effect on our business resulting from terrorist attacks and cyber security intrusions, as well as the threat of such incidents, including the failure to maintain the security of personally identifiable information, the associated costs to protect our utility assets, technology systems, and personal information, and the costs to notify affected persons to mitigate their information security concerns;

The financial performance of ATC and its corresponding contribution to our earnings, as well as the ability of ATC and Duke-American Transmission Company to obtain the required approvals for their transmission projects;

The investment performance of our employee benefit plan assets, as well as unanticipated changes in related actuarial assumptions, which could impact future funding requirements;

Factors affecting the employee workforce, including loss of key personnel, internal restructuring, work stoppages, and collective bargaining agreements and negotiations with union employees;

Advances in technology that result in competitive disadvantages and create the potential for impairment of existing assets;

The timing, costs, and anticipated benefits associated with the remaining integration efforts relating to the Integrys acquisition;
 
The risk associated with the values of goodwill and other intangible assets and their possible impairment;

Potential business strategies to acquire and dispose of assets or businesses, which cannot be assured to be completed timely or within budgets, and legislative or regulatory restrictions or caps on non-utility acquisitions, investments or projects, including the State of Wisconsin's public utility holding company law;

The timing and outcome of any audits, disputes, and other proceedings related to taxes;

The ability to maintain effective internal controls in accordance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, while both integrating and continuing to consolidate our enterprise systems;

The effect of accounting pronouncements issued periodically by standard-setting bodies; and

Other considerations disclosed elsewhere herein and in other reports we file with the SEC or in other publicly disseminated written documents.

We expressly disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.


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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

WEC ENERGY GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS (Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
 
September 30
 
September 30
(in millions, except per share amounts)
 
2018

2017
 
2018
 
2017
Operating revenues
 
$
1,643.7

 
$
1,657.5

 
$
5,602.7

 
$
5,593.5

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of sales
 
524.1

 
542.7

 
2,043.9

 
2,025.6

Other operation and maintenance
 
553.1

 
473.1

 
1,602.7

 
1,457.4

Depreciation and amortization
 
212.8

 
201.2

 
628.1

 
593.5

Property and revenue taxes
 
51.0

 
48.3

 
149.4

 
147.9

Total operating expenses
 
1,341.0

 
1,265.3

 
4,424.1

 
4,224.4

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating income
 
302.7

 
392.2

 
1,178.6

 
1,369.1

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Equity in earnings of transmission affiliates
 
33.7

 
39.2

 
95.2

 
122.9

Other income, net
 
26.1

 
17.8

 
65.0

 
49.2

Interest expense
 
112.0

 
103.8

 
327.2

 
310.4

Other expense
 
(52.2
)
 
(46.8
)
 
(167.0
)
 
(138.3
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income before income taxes
 
250.5

 
345.4

 
1,011.6

 
1,230.8

Income tax expense
 
17.0


129.7

 
156.4

 
458.8

Net income
 
233.5


215.7

 
855.2

 
772.0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Preferred stock dividends of subsidiary
 
0.3


0.3

 
0.9

 
0.9

Net income attributed to common shareholders
 
$
233.2

 
$
215.4

 
$
854.3

 
$
771.1

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings per share
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
$
0.74

 
$
0.68

 
$
2.71

 
$
2.44

Diluted
 
$
0.74

 
$
0.68

 
$
2.70

 
$
2.43

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
315.5

 
315.6

 
315.5

 
315.6

Diluted
 
316.9

 
317.5

 
316.9

 
317.5

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dividends per share of common stock
 
$
0.5525

 
$
0.5200

 
$
1.6575

 
$
1.5600


The accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these financial statements.


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WEC ENERGY GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
 
Nine Months Ended
 
September 30
 
September 30
(in millions)
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
Net income
 
$
233.5

 
$
215.7

 
$
855.2

 
$
772.0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Derivatives accounted for as cash flow hedges
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net derivative gains, net of tax
 
0.3

 

 
0.3

 

Reclassification of net gains to net income, net of tax
 
(0.4
)
 
(0.4
)
 
(1.0
)
 
(1.0
)
Cash flow hedges, net
 
(0.1
)
 
(0.4
)
 
(0.7
)
 
(1.0
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Defined benefit plans
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amortization of pension and OPEB costs included in net periodic benefit cost, net of tax
 

 
0.3

 
0.2

 
0.5

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive loss, net of tax
 
(0.1
)
 
(0.1
)
 
(0.5
)
 
(0.5
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Comprehensive income
 
233.4

 
215.6

 
854.7

 
771.5

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Preferred stock dividends of subsidiary
 
0.3

 
0.3

 
0.9

 
0.9

Comprehensive income attributed to common shareholders
 
$
233.1

 
$
215.3

 
$
853.8

 
$
770.6


The accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these financial statements.


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WEC ENERGY GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
(in millions, except share and per share amounts)
 
September 30, 2018
 
December 31, 2017
Assets
 
 
 
 
Current assets
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
14.5

 
$
38.9

Accounts receivable and unbilled revenues, net of reserves of $153.7 and $143.2, respectively
 
1,017.3

 
1,350.7

Materials, supplies, and inventories
 
608.5

 
539.0

Prepayments
 
137.6

 
210.0

Other
 
61.8

 
74.9

Current assets
 
1,839.7

 
2,213.5

 
 
 
 
 
Long-term assets
 
 
 
 
Property, plant, and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $8,589.3 and $8,618.5, respectively
 
21,663.7

 
21,347.0

Regulatory assets
 
3,643.5

 
2,803.2

Equity investment in transmission affiliates
 
1,613.7

 
1,553.4

Goodwill
 
3,052.8

 
3,053.5

Other
 
749.0

 
619.9

Long-term assets
 
30,722.7

 
29,377.0

Total assets
 
$
32,562.4

 
$
31,590.5

 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities and Equity
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities
 
 
 
 
Short-term debt
 
$
1,788.3

 
$
1,444.6

Current portion of long-term debt
 
369.4

 
842.1

Accounts payable
 
690.4

 
859.9

Accrued payroll and benefits
 
143.1

 
169.1

Accrued taxes
 
217.4

 
178.5

Other
 
393.9

 
375.1

Current liabilities
 
3,602.5

 
3,869.3

 
 
 
 
 
Long-term liabilities
 
 
 
 
Long-term debt
 
9,119.0

 
8,746.6

Deferred income taxes
 
3,172.1

 
2,999.8

Deferred revenue, net
 
525.9

 
543.3

Regulatory liabilities
 
3,960.3

 
3,718.6

Environmental remediation liabilities
 
617.4

 
617.4

Pension and OPEB obligations
 
489.1

 
397.4

Other
 
1,233.4

 
1,206.3

Long-term liabilities
 
19,117.2

 
18,229.4

 
 
 
 
 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 20)
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Common shareholders' equity
 
 
 
 
Common stock – $0.01 par value; 325,000,000 shares authorized; 315,526,051 and 315,574,624 shares outstanding, respectively
 
3.2

 
3.2

Additional paid in capital
 
4,261.6

 
4,278.5

Retained earnings
 
5,508.1

 
5,176.8

Accumulated other comprehensive income
 
2.4

 
2.9

Common shareholders' equity
 
9,775.3

 
9,461.4

 
 
 
 
 
Preferred stock of subsidiary
 
30.4

 
30.4

Noncontrolling interest in subsidiary
 
37.0

 

Total liabilities and equity
 
$
32,562.4

 
$
31,590.5


The accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these financial statements.

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WEC ENERGY GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)
 
Nine Months Ended
 
 
September 30
(in millions)
 
2018

2017
Operating Activities
 
 
 
 
Net income
 
$
855.2


$
772.0

Reconciliation to cash provided by operating activities
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
628.1


593.5

Deferred income taxes and investment tax credits, net
 
34.4


444.4

Contributions and payments related to pension and OPEB plans
 
(13.8
)
 
(115.4
)
Equity income in transmission affiliates, net of distributions
 
(4.5
)
 
(18.5
)
Change in –
 
 
 
 
Accounts receivable and unbilled revenues
 
312.1

 
310.5

Materials, supplies, and inventories
 
(69.0
)
 
(84.1
)
Other current assets
 
112.7

 
56.8

Accounts payable
 
(71.2
)
 
(111.2
)
Other current liabilities
 
42.5

 
23.4

Other, net
 
181.7

 
(125.7
)
Net cash provided by operating activities
 
2,008.2

 
1,745.7

 
 
 
 
 
Investing Activities
 
 
 
 
Capital expenditures
 
(1,490.5
)

(1,309.2
)
Acquisition of Bishop Hill III, net of restricted cash acquired of $4.5
 
(143.5
)
 

Acquisition of Forward Wind Energy Center
 
(77.1
)
 

Acquisition of Bluewater
 

 
(226.0
)
Capital contributions to transmission affiliates
 
(43.7
)

(63.3
)
Proceeds from the sale of assets and businesses
 
10.9


22.7

Proceeds from the sale of investments held in rabbi trust
 
16.6

 
8.6

Other, net
 
7.3


1.4

Net cash used in investing activities
 
(1,720.0
)
 
(1,565.8
)
 
 
 
 
 
Financing Activities
 
 
 
 
Exercise of stock options
 
13.9

 
25.6

Purchase of common stock
 
(42.0
)
 
(60.6
)
Dividends paid on common stock
 
(523.0
)

(492.4
)
Issuance of long-term debt
 
600.0

 
210.0

Retirement of long-term debt
 
(694.4
)
 
(26.9
)
Change in short-term debt
 
343.7

 
133.3

Other, net
 
(4.8
)
 
(3.1
)
Net cash used in financing activities
 
(306.6
)
 
(214.1
)
 
 
 
 
 
Net change in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash
 
(18.4
)
 
(34.2
)
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period
 
58.6


72.7

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period
 
$
40.2

 
$
38.5


The accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these financial statements.


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WEC ENERGY GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EQUITY (Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEC Energy Group Common Shareholders' Equity
 
 
 
 
 
 
(in millions)
 
Common Stock
 
Additional Paid In Capital
 
Retained Earnings
 
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income
 
Total Common Shareholders' Equity
 
Preferred Stock of Subsidiary
 
Non-controlling Interest in Subsidiary
 
Total Equity
Balance at December 31, 2017
 
$
3.2

 
$
4,278.5

 
$
5,176.8

 
$
2.9

 
$
9,461.4

 
$
30.4

 
$

 
$
9,491.8

Net income attributed to common shareholders
 

 

 
854.3

 

 
854.3

 

 

 
854.3

Other comprehensive loss
 

 

 

 
(0.5
)
 
(0.5
)
 

 

 
(0.5
)
Common stock dividends
 

 

 
(523.0
)
 

 
(523.0
)
 

 

 
(523.0
)
Exercise of stock options
 

 
13.9

 

 

 
13.9

 

 

 
13.9

Purchase of common stock
 

 
(42.0
)
 

 

 
(42.0
)
 

 

 
(42.0
)
Acquisition of a noncontrolling interest in subsidiary
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
37.0

 
37.0

Stock-based compensation and other
 

 
11.2

 

 

 
11.2

 

 

 
11.2

Balance at September 30, 2018
 
$
3.2

 
$
4,261.6

 
$
5,508.1

 
$
2.4

 
$
9,775.3

 
$
30.4

 
$
37.0

 
$
9,842.7


 
 
WEC Energy Group Common Shareholders' Equity
 
 
 
 
 
 
(in millions)
 
Common Stock
 
Additional Paid In Capital
 
Retained Earnings
 
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income
 
Total Common Shareholders' Equity
 
Preferred Stock of Subsidiary
 
Non-controlling Interest in Subsidiary
 
Total Equity
Balance at December 31, 2016
 
$
3.2

 
$
4,309.8

 
$
4,613.9

 
$
2.9

 
$
8,929.8

 
$
30.4

 
$

 
$
8,960.2

Net income attributed to common shareholders
 

 

 
771.1

 

 
771.1

 

 

 
771.1

Other comprehensive loss
 

 

 

 
(0.5
)
 
(0.5
)
 

 

 
(0.5
)
Common stock dividends
 

 

 
(492.4
)
 

 
(492.4
)
 

 

 
(492.4
)
Exercise of stock options
 

 
25.6

 

 

 
25.6

 

 

 
25.6

Purchase of common stock
 

 
(60.6
)
 

 

 
(60.6
)
 

 

 
(60.6
)
Cumulative effect adjustment from ASU 2016-09
 

 

 
15.7

 

 
15.7

 

 

 
15.7

Stock-based compensation and other
 

 
6.6

 

 

 
6.6

 

 

 
6.6

Balance at September 30, 2017
 
$
3.2

 
$
4,281.4

 
$
4,908.3

 
$
2.4

 
$
9,195.3

 
$
30.4

 
$

 
$
9,225.7


The accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these financial statements.

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WEC ENERGY GROUP, INC.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)
September 30, 2018

NOTE 1—GENERAL INFORMATION

WEC Energy Group serves approximately 1.6 million electric customers and 2.9 million natural gas customers, and owns approximately 60% of ATC.

As used in these notes, the term "financial statements" refers to the condensed consolidated financial statements. This includes the income statements, statements of comprehensive income, balance sheets, statements of cash flows, and statements of equity, unless otherwise noted. In this report, when we refer to "the Company," "us," "we," "our," or "ours," we are referring to WEC Energy Group and all of its subsidiaries.

We consolidate on our balance sheets our majority-owned subsidiaries and reflect a noncontrolling interest for the portion of an entity that we do not own as a component of consolidated equity separate from the equity attributable to our shareholders. We acquired an 80% membership interest in Bishop Hill Energy III Holdings LLC on August 31, 2018, which owns 100% of Bishop Hill III. The noncontrolling interest that we reported as equity on our balance sheets as of September 30, 2018, relates to a minority interest held by a third party. See Note 2, Acquisitions, for more information.

We have prepared the unaudited interim financial statements presented in this Form 10-Q pursuant to the rules and regulations of the SEC and GAAP. Accordingly, these financial statements do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for annual financial statements. These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and footnotes in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017. Financial results for an interim period may not give a true indication of results for the year. In particular, the results of operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, are not necessarily indicative of expected results for 2018 due to seasonal variations and other factors.

In management's opinion, we have included all adjustments, normal and recurring in nature, necessary for a fair presentation of our financial results.

NOTE 2—ACQUISITIONS

Acquisition of a Wind Energy Generation Facility in Illinois

On August 31, 2018, we completed the acquisition of an 80% membership interest in a commercially operational 132 MW wind generating facility located in Henry County, Illinois, known as Bishop Hill III, for $143.5 million, which is net of restricted cash acquired of $4.5 million. Bishop Hill III has a 22-year offtake agreement with an unaffiliated company for the sale of all energy produced by the facility. Under the Tax Legislation, our investment in Bishop Hill III qualifies for production tax credits and 100% bonus depreciation. Bishop Hill III is included in the non-utility energy infrastructure segment.

The table below shows the preliminary allocation of the purchase price to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the date of the acquisition. The allocation is subject to change during the remainder of the measurement period, which ends one year from the acquisition date, as we obtain additional information.
(in millions)
 
 
Current assets
 
$
1.4

Net property, plant, and equipment
 
189.0

Other long-term assets *
 
4.5

Current liabilities
 
(1.6
)
Long-term liabilities
 
(8.3
)
Noncontrolling interest
 
(37.0
)
Total purchase price
 
$
148.0


*
Represents restricted cash.


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On October 19, 2018, we signed an agreement for the acquisition of an additional 10% membership interest in Bishop Hill III. We believe our additional investment qualifies for production tax credits and 100% bonus depreciation. The transaction is subject to FERC approval and is expected to close by the end of the year.

Acquisition of a Wind Energy Generation Facility in Nebraska

On April 30, 2018, we signed an agreement for the acquisition of an 80% membership interest in a 202.5 MW wind generating facility currently under construction known as Upstream Wind Energy Center (“Upstream”) for $276.0 million. Upstream is located in Antelope County, Nebraska and will supply energy to the Southwest Power Pool. Upstream's revenue will be substantially fixed over a 10-year period through an agreement with an unaffiliated party. Under the Tax Legislation, our investment in Upstream will qualify for production tax credits and 100% bonus depreciation. The transaction is subject to FERC approval and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, after Upstream achieves commercial operation. Upstream will be included in the non-utility energy infrastructure segment.

Acquisition of a Wind Energy Generation Facility in Wisconsin

On April 2, 2018, WPS, along with two unaffiliated utilities, completed the purchase of Forward Wind Energy Center, which consists of 86 wind turbines located in Wisconsin with a total capacity of 129 MW. The aggregate purchase price was $172.9 million of which WPS’s proportionate share was 44.6%, or $77.1 million. Since 2008 and up until the acquisition, WPS purchased 44.6% of the facility’s energy output under a power purchase agreement.

The table below shows the allocation of the purchase price to the assets acquired at the date of the acquisition, which are included in rate base.
(in millions)
 
 
Current assets
 
$
0.2

Net property, plant, and equipment
 
76.9

Total purchase price
 
$
77.1


Under a joint ownership agreement with the two other utilities, WPS is entitled to its share of generating capability and output of the facility equal to its ownership interest. WPS is also paying its ownership share of additional capital expenditures and operating expenses. Forward Wind Energy Center is included in the Wisconsin segment.

Acquisition of Natural Gas Storage Facilities in Michigan

On June 30, 2017, we completed the acquisition of Bluewater for $226.0 million and we incurred $4.9 million of acquisition related costs. Bluewater owns natural gas storage facilities in Michigan that provide approximately one-third of the current storage needs for our Wisconsin natural gas utilities.

The table below shows the allocation of the purchase price to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the date of the acquisition. The excess of the purchase price over the estimated fair values of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed was recognized as goodwill. Bluewater is included in the non-utility energy infrastructure segment.
(in millions)
 
 
Current assets
 
$
2.0

Net property, plant, and equipment
 
218.3

Goodwill
 
6.6

Current liabilities
 
(0.9
)
Total purchase price
 
$
226.0


NOTE 3—DISPOSITION

Corporate and Other Segment—Sale of Bostco Real Estate Holdings

In March 2017, we sold the remaining real estate holdings of Bostco located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which included retail, office, and residential space. During the first quarter of 2017, we recorded an insignificant gain on the sale, which was included

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in other income, net on our income statements. The assets included in the sale were not material and, therefore, were not presented as held for sale. The results of operations associated with these assets remained in continuing operations through the sale date as the sale did not represent a shift in our corporate strategy and did not have a major effect on our operations and financial results.

NOTE 4—OPERATING REVENUES

Adoption of ASU 2014-09, Revenues from Contracts with Customers

On January 1, 2018, we adopted ASU 2014-09, Revenues from Contracts with Customers, and the related amendments. In accordance with the guidance, we recognize revenues when control of the promised goods or services is transferred to our customers in an amount that reflects the consideration we expect to be entitled to receive in exchange for those goods or services. These revenues include unbilled revenues, which are estimated using the amount of energy delivered to our customers but not billed until after the end of the period.

We adopted this standard using the modified retrospective method. Results for reporting periods beginning after January 1, 2018, are presented under the new standard. The comparative information has not been restated and continues to be reported under the accounting standards in effect for those periods. Adoption of the standard did not result in an adjustment to our opening retained earnings balance as of January 1, 2018, and we do not expect the adoption of the standard to have a material impact on our net income in future periods.

We adopted the following practical expedients and optional exemptions for the implementation of this standard:

We elected to exclude from the transaction price any amounts collected from customers for all sales taxes and other similar taxes.
When applicable, we elected to apply the standard to a portfolio of contracts with similar characteristics, primarily our tariff-based contracts, as we reasonably expect that the effects on the financial statements of applying this guidance to the portfolio would not differ materially from applying this guidance to the individual contracts.
We elected to recognize revenue in the amount we have the right to invoice for performance obligations satisfied over time when the consideration received from a customer corresponds directly with the value provided to the customer during the same period.
We elected to not disclose the remaining performance obligations of a contract that has an original expected duration of one year or less.
We elected to apply this standard only to contracts that are not completed as of the date of initial application.

Disaggregation of Operating Revenues

The following tables present our operating revenues disaggregated by revenue source. We disaggregate revenues into categories that depict how the nature, amount, timing, and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows are affected by economic factors. For our segments, revenues are further disaggregated by electric and natural gas operations and then by customer class. Each customer class within our electric and natural gas operations have different expectations of service, energy and demand requirements, and are impacted by regulatory activities within their jurisdictions.


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Comparable amounts have not been presented for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, due to our adoption of this standard under the modified retrospective method.
(in millions)
 
Wisconsin
 
Illinois
 
Other States
 
Total Utility
Operations
 
Electric Transmission
 
Non-Utility Energy Infrastructure
 
Corporate
and Other
 
Reconciling
Eliminations
 
WEC Energy Group Consolidated
Three Months Ended September 30, 2018
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Electric
 
$
1,218.3

 
$

 
$

 
$
1,218.3

 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
1,218.3

Natural gas
 
167.4

 
193.2

 
45.9

 
406.5

 

 
10.0

 

 
(12.7
)
 
403.8

Total utility revenues
 
1,385.7

 
193.2

 
45.9

 
1,624.8

 

 
10.0

 

 
(12.7
)
 
1,622.1

Other non-utility revenues
 

 
0.1

 
4.0

 
4.1

 

 
7.9

 
2.3

 
(0.7
)
 
13.6

Total revenues from contracts with customers
 
1,385.7

 
193.3

 
49.9

 
1,628.9

 

 
17.9

 
2.3

 
(13.4
)
 
1,635.7

Other operating revenues
 
3.0

 
4.6

 
0.3

 
7.9

 

 
97.3

 
0.1

 
(97.3
)
 
8.0

Total operating revenues
 
$
1,388.7

 
$
197.9

 
$
50.2

 
$
1,636.8

 
$

 
$
115.2

 
$
2.4

 
$
(110.7
)
 
$
1,643.7


(in millions)
 
Wisconsin
 
Illinois
 
Other States
 
Total Utility
Operations
 
Electric Transmission
 
Non-Utility Energy Infrastructure
 
Corporate
and Other
 
Reconciling
Eliminations
 
WEC Energy Group Consolidated
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Electric
 
$
3,370.2

 
$

 
$

 
$
3,370.2

 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
3,370.2

Natural gas
 
921.8

 
974.6

 
287.5

 
2,183.9

 

 
34.9

 

 
(27.9
)
 
2,190.9

Total utility revenues
 
4,292.0

 
974.6

 
287.5

 
5,554.1

 

 
34.9

 

 
(27.9
)
 
5,561.1

Other non-utility revenues
 

 
0.2

 
11.8

 
12.0

 

 
24.3

 
6.4

 
(4.5
)
 
38.2

Total revenues from contracts with customers
 
4,292.0

 
974.8

 
299.3

 
5,566.1

 

 
59.2

 
6.4

 
(32.4
)
 
5,599.3

Other operating revenues
 
11.3

 
(1.6
)
 
(6.8
)
 
2.9

 

 
291.1

 
0.5

 
(291.1
)
 
3.4

Total operating revenues
 
$
4,303.3

 
$
973.2

 
$
292.5

 
$
5,569.0

 
$

 
$
350.3

 
$
6.9

 
$
(323.5
)
 
$
5,602.7


Revenues from Contracts with Customers

Electric Utility Operating Revenues

The following table disaggregates electric utility operating revenues into customer class:
 
 
Electric Utility Operating Revenues
(in millions)
 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2018
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018
Residential
 
$
465.3

 
$
1,243.3

Small commercial and industrial
 
388.2

 
1,072.2

Large commercial and industrial
 
249.7

 
695.2

Other
 
7.5

 
22.4

Total retail revenues
 
1,110.7

 
3,033.1

Wholesale
 
62.0

 
175.3

Resale
 
40.7

 
139.6

Steam
 
2.7

 
16.9

Other utility revenues
 
2.2

 
5.3

Total electric utility operating revenues
 
$
1,218.3

 
$
3,370.2



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Electricity sales to residential and commercial and industrial customers are generally accomplished through requirements contracts, which provide for the delivery of as much electricity as the customer needs. These contracts represent discrete deliveries of electricity and consist of one distinct performance obligation satisfied over time, as the electricity is delivered and consumed by the customer simultaneously. For our Wisconsin residential and commercial and industrial customers and the majority of our Michigan residential and commercial and industrial customers, our performance obligation is bundled to consist of both the sale and the delivery of the electric commodity. In our Michigan service territory, a limited number of residential and commercial and industrial customers can purchase the commodity from a third party. In this case, the delivery of the electricity represents our sole performance obligation. The rates, charges, terms, and conditions of service for sales to these customers are included in tariffs that have been approved by state regulators. These rates often have a fixed component customer charge and a usage-based variable component charge. We recognize revenue for the fixed component customer charge monthly using a time-based output method. We recognize revenue for the usage-based variable component charge using an output method based on the quantity of electricity delivered each month.

Wholesale customers who resell power can choose to either bundle capacity and electricity services together under one contract with a supplier or purchase capacity and electricity separately from multiple suppliers. Furthermore, wholesale customers can choose to have our utilities provide generation to match the customer's load, similar to requirements contracts, or they can purchase specified quantities of electricity and capacity. The rates, charges, terms and conditions of service for sales to wholesale customers are included in tariffs that have been approved by the FERC. Contracts with wholesale customers that include capacity bundled with the delivery of electricity contain two performance obligations, as capacity and electricity are often transacted separately in the marketplace at the wholesale level. When recognizing revenue associated with these contracts, the transaction price is allocated to each performance obligation based on its relative standalone selling price. Revenue is recognized as control of each individual component is transferred to the customer. Electricity is the primary product sold by our electric utilities and represents a single performance obligation satisfied over time through discrete deliveries to a customer. Revenue from electricity sales is generally recognized as units are produced and delivered to the customer within the production month. Capacity represents the reservation of an electric generating facility and conveys the ability to call on a plant to produce electricity when needed by the customer. The nature of our performance obligation as it relates to capacity is to stand ready to deliver power. This represents a single performance obligation transferred over time, which generally represents a monthly obligation. Accordingly, capacity revenue is recognized on a monthly basis.

We are an active participant in the MISO Energy Markets, where we bid our generation into the Day Ahead and Real Time markets and procure electricity for our retail and wholesale customers at prices determined by the MISO Energy Markets. Purchase and sale transactions are recorded using settlement information provided by MISO. These purchase and sale transactions are accounted for on a net hourly position. Net purchases in a single hour are recorded as purchased power in cost of sales and net sales in a single hour are recorded as resale revenues. For resale revenues, our performance obligation is created only when electricity is sold into the MISO Energy Markets.

For all of our customers, consistent with the timing of when we recognize revenue, customer billings generally occur on a monthly basis, with payments typically due in full within 30 days. For the majority of our wholesale customers, the price billed for energy and capacity is a formula-based rate. Formula-based rates initially set a customer's current year rates based on the previous year’s expenses. This is a predetermined formula derived from the utility's costs and a reasonable rate of return. Because these rates are eventually trued up to reflect actual current year costs, they represent a form of variable consideration in certain circumstances. The variable consideration is estimated and recognized over time as wholesale customers receive and consume the capacity and electricity services.


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Natural Gas Utility Operating Revenues

The following tables disaggregate natural gas utility operating revenues into customer class:
(in millions)
 
Wisconsin
 
Illinois
 
Other States
 
Total Natural Gas Utility Operating Revenues
Three Months Ended September 30, 2018
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 

Residential
 
$
71.9

 
$
112.7

 
$
20.1

 
$
204.7

Commercial and industrial
 
35.0

 
29.4

 
12.6

 
77.0

Total retail revenues
 
106.9

 
142.1

 
32.7

 
281.7

Transport
 
13.9

 
43.3

 
4.9

 
62.1

Other utility revenues *
 
46.6

 
7.8

 
8.3

 
62.7

Total natural gas utility operating revenues
 
$
167.4

 
$
193.2

 
$
45.9

 
$
406.5


(in millions)
 
Wisconsin
 
Illinois
 
Other States
 
Total Natural Gas Utility Operating Revenues
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 

Residential
 
$
556.7

 
$
609.0

 
$
181.2

 
$
1,346.9

Commercial and industrial
 
286.4

 
186.1

 
96.0

 
568.5

Total retail revenues
 
843.1

 
795.1

 
277.2

 
1,915.4

Transport
 
51.3

 
175.6

 
21.6

 
248.5

Other utility revenues *
 
27.4

 
3.9

 
(11.3
)
 
20.0

Total natural gas utility operating revenues
 
$
921.8

 
$
974.6

 
$
287.5

 
$
2,183.9


*
Includes amounts collected from (refunded to) customers for purchased gas adjustment costs.

We recognize natural gas utility operating revenues under requirements contracts with residential, commercial and industrial, and transportation customers served under the tariffs of our regulated utilities. Tariffs provide our customers with the standard terms and conditions, including rates, related to the services offered. Requirements contracts provide for the delivery of as much natural gas as the customer needs. These requirements contracts represent discrete deliveries of natural gas and constitute a single performance obligation satisfied over time. Our performance obligation is both created and satisfied with the transfer of control of natural gas upon delivery to the customer. For most of our customers, natural gas is delivered and consumed by the customer simultaneously. A performance obligation can be bundled to consist of both the sale and the delivery of the natural gas commodity. In certain of our service territories, customers can purchase the commodity from a third party. In this case, the performance obligation only includes the delivery of the natural gas to the customer.

The transaction price of the performance obligations is valued using rates in the tariffs of our regulated utilities, which have been approved by state regulators. These rates often have a fixed component customer charge and a usage-based variable component charge. We recognize revenue for the fixed component customer charge monthly using a time-based output method. We recognize revenue for the usage-based variable component charge using an output method based on natural gas delivered each month.

Consistent with the timing of when we recognize revenue, customer billings generally occur on a monthly basis, with payments typically due in full within 30 days.

Other Natural Gas Operating Revenues

We have other natural gas operating revenues from Bluewater, which is in our non-utility energy infrastructure segment. Bluewater has entered into long-term service agreements for natural gas storage services with WE, WG, and WPS, and provides service to several unaffiliated customers. We recognize revenues using a time-based output method through a monthly fixed service fee.

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Other Non-Utility Operating Revenues

Other non-utility operating revenues consist primarily of the following:
(in millions)
 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2018
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018
We Power revenues
 
$
6.4

 
$
19.0

Appliance service revenues
 
4.0

 
11.8

Distributed renewable solar project revenues
 
2.3

 
6.4

Wind generation revenues
 
0.8

 
0.8

Other
 
0.1

 
0.2

Total other non-utility operating revenues
 
$
13.6

 
$
38.2


As part of the construction of the We Power electric generating units, we capitalized interest during construction, which is included in property, plant, and equipment. As allowed by the PSCW, we collected these carrying costs from WE's utility customers during construction. The equity portion of these carrying costs was recorded as deferred revenue, and we continually amortize the deferred carrying costs to revenues over the life of the related lease term that We Power has with WE. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, we recorded $6.4 million and $19.0 million, respectively, of revenue related to these deferred carrying costs, which were included in the contract liability balance at the beginning of the period. This contract liability is presented as deferred revenue, net on our balance sheets.

Non-utility operating revenues are also derived from servicing appliances for customers at MERC. These contracts customarily have a duration of one year or less and consist of a single performance obligation satisfied over time. We use a time-based output method to recognize revenues monthly for the service fee.

Revenues from distributed renewable solar projects consist primarily of sales of renewable energy and solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) generated by PDL. The sale of SRECs is a distinct performance obligation as they are often sold separately from the renewable energy generated. Although the performance obligation for the sale of renewable energy is recognized over time and the performance obligation for SRECs is recognized at a point-in-time, the timing of revenue recognition is the same, as the generation of renewable energy and sales of SREC's occur concurrently.

On August 31, 2018, we completed the acquisition of an 80% membership interest in a commercially operational 132 MW wind generating facility located in Henry County, Illinois, known as Bishop Hill III. Bishop Hill III has a 22-year offtake agreement with an unaffiliated company for the sale of all energy produced by the facility. See Note 2, Acquisitions, for more information on this acquisition. We recognize revenue as energy is produced and delivered to the customer within the production month.

Other Operating Revenues

Other operating revenues consist primarily of the following:
(in millions)
 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2018
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018
Alternative revenues *
 
$
(1.9
)
 
$
(32.2
)
Late payment charges
 
9.4

 
31.9

Leases
 
0.5

 
3.7

Total other operating revenues
 
$
8.0

 
$
3.4


*
Negative amounts can result from alternative revenues being reversed to revenues from contracts with customers as the customer is billed for these alternative revenues. Negative amounts can also result from revenues to be refunded to customers subject to decoupling mechanisms and wholesale true-ups, as discussed below.


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Alternative Revenues

Alternative revenues are created from programs authorized by regulators that allow our utilities to record additional revenues by adjusting rates in the future, usually as a surcharge applied to future billings, in response to past activities or completed events. Alternative revenue programs allow compensation for the effects of weather abnormalities, other external factors, or demand side management initiatives. Alternative revenue programs can also provide incentive awards if the utility achieves certain objectives and in other limited circumstances. We record alternative revenues when the regulator-specified conditions for recognition have been met. We reverse these alternative revenues as the customer is billed, at which time this revenue is presented as revenues from contracts with customers.

Below is a summary of the alternative revenue programs at our utilities:

The rates of PGL, NSG, and MERC include decoupling mechanisms. These mechanisms differ by state and allow the utilities to recover or refund the differences between actual and authorized margins for certain customer classes.
MERC’s rates include a conservation improvement program rider, which includes a financial incentive for meeting energy savings goals.
WE and WPS provide wholesale electric service to customers under market-based rates and FERC formula rates. The customer is charged a base rate each year based upon a formula using prior year actual costs and customer demand. A true-up is calculated based on the difference between the amount billed to customers for the demand component of their rates and what the actual cost of service was for the year. The true-up can result in an amount that we will recover from or refund to the customer. We consider the true-up portion of the wholesale electric revenues to be alternative revenues.

NOTE 5—REGULATORY ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

The following regulatory assets were reflected on our balance sheets at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017. For more information on our regulatory assets, see Note 4, Regulatory Assets and Liabilities, in our 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
(in millions)
 
September 30, 2018
 
December 31, 2017
Regulatory assets (1)
 
 
 
 
Unrecognized pension and OPEB costs
 
$
1,071.0

 
$
1,142.0

Plant retirements (2)
 
778.4

 
15.1

Environmental remediation costs
 
680.0

 
676.6

System support resource
 
315.0

 
298.9

Income tax (3) 
 
272.0

 
15.7

Asset retirement obligations
 
224.1

 
192.2

Electric transmission costs (4) 
 
124.0

 
221.0

We Power generation
 
48.7

 
71.3

Uncollectible expense
 
39.3

 
35.1

Energy efficiency programs
 
15.7

 
24.6

Other, net
 
105.6

 
147.9

Total regulatory assets
 
$
3,673.8

 
$
2,840.4

 
 
 
 
 
Balance Sheet Presentation
 
 
 
 
Current assets
 
$
30.3

 
$
37.2

Regulatory assets
 
3,643.5

 
2,803.2

Total regulatory assets
 
$
3,673.8

 
$
2,840.4


(1) 
Based on prior and current rate treatment, we believe it is probable that our utilities will continue to recover from customers the regulatory assets in this table.

(2) 
For information on the retirement of our older and less efficient fossil fuel generating units, see Note 6, Property, Plant, and Equipment.

(3) 
For information on the flow through of tax repairs and the regulatory treatment of the Tax Legislation in our various jurisdictions, see Note 22, Regulatory Environment.

(4) 
In May 2018, the PSCW issued an order requiring WE to use a portion of its tax benefits related to the Tax Legislation that was signed into law in December 2017 to reduce its transmission regulatory assets. See Note 22, Regulatory Environment, for more information.


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The following regulatory liabilities were reflected on our balance sheets at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017. For more information on our regulatory liabilities, see Note 4, Regulatory Assets and Liabilities, in our 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
(in millions)
 
September 30, 2018
 
December 31, 2017
Regulatory liabilities
 
 
 
 
Income tax *
 
$
2,279.1

 
$
2,134.1

Removal costs
 
1,313.4

 
1,294.9

Mines deferral
 
115.4

 
95.1

Unrecognized pension and OPEB costs
 
106.5

 
114.2

Energy efficiency programs
 
30.0

 
21.1

Energy costs refundable through rate adjustments
 
25.2

 
42.0

Uncollectible expense
 
23.9

 
24.7

Decoupling
 
22.8

 
1.8

Earnings sharing mechanisms
 
20.6

 
2.5

Other, net
 
49.0

 
30.0

Total regulatory liabilities
 
$
3,985.9

 
$
3,760.4

 
 
 
 
 
Balance Sheet Presentation
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities
 
$
25.6

 
$
41.8

Regulatory liabilities
 
3,960.3

 
3,718.6

Total regulatory liabilities
 
$
3,985.9

 
$
3,760.4


*
For information on the regulatory treatment of the Tax Legislation in our various jurisdictions, see Note 22, Regulatory Environment.

NOTE 6—PROPERTY, PLANT, AND EQUIPMENT

Wisconsin Segment Plant to be Retired

We have evaluated future plans for our older and less efficient fossil fuel generating units and have either retired or announced the retirement of the plants identified below. In addition, a severance liability was recorded in other current liabilities on our balance sheets within the Wisconsin segment related to these plant retirements.
(in millions)
 
 
Severance liability at December 31, 2017
 
$
29.4

Severance payments
 
(9.5
)
Other
 
(3.0
)
Total severance liability at September 30, 2018
 
$
16.9


Pleasant Prairie Power Plant

The Pleasant Prairie power plant was retired effective April 10, 2018. The carrying value of this plant was $653.3 million at September 30, 2018. This amount included the net book value of $755.8 million, which was classified as a regulatory asset on our balance sheet. In addition, a $102.5 million