Alliant Energy 10-Q 2006
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
This combined Form 10-Q is separately filed by Alliant Energy Corporation, Interstate Power and Light Company and Wisconsin Power and Light Company. Information contained in the Form 10-Q relating to Interstate Power and Light Company and Wisconsin Power and Light Company is filed by such registrant on its own behalf. Each of Interstate Power and Light Company and Wisconsin Power and Light Company makes no representation as to information relating to registrants other than itself.
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Number of shares outstanding of each class of common stock as of April 28, 2006:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
ITEM 1. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
The accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.
The accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.
The accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.
ALLIANT ENERGY CORPORATION
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
(1) SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
(a) General - The interim condensed consolidated financial statements included herein have been prepared by Alliant Energy Corporation (Alliant Energy), without audit, pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Accordingly, certain information and note disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (U.S.) of America (GAAP) have been condensed or omitted, although management believes that the disclosures are adequate to make the information presented not misleading. The condensed consolidated financial statements include Alliant Energy and its consolidated subsidiaries (including Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL), Alliant Energy Resources, Inc. (Resources) and Alliant Energy Corporate Services, Inc. (Corporate Services)). These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and the notes thereto included in Alliant Energys, IPLs and WPLs latest combined Annual Report on Form 10-K.
In the opinion of management, all adjustments, which unless otherwise noted are normal and recurring in nature, necessary for a fair presentation of the condensed consolidated results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005, the condensed consolidated financial position at March 31, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2005, and the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005 have been made. Because of the seasonal nature of Alliant Energys utility operations, results for the three months ended March 31, 2006 are not necessarily indicative of results that may be expected for the year ending Dec. 31, 2006. A change in managements estimates or assumptions could have a material impact on Alliant Energys financial condition and results of operations during the period in which such change occurred. Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified on a basis consistent with the current period presentation. Most reclassifications relate to the reporting of discontinued operations and assets and liabilities held for sale pursuant to Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) 144, Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets (SFAS 144). Unless otherwise noted, the notes herein have been revised to exclude discontinued operations and assets and liabilities held for sale for all periods presented.
(b) Regulatory Assets and Liabilities -
DAEC Sale - In January 2006, IPL completed the sale of its 70% ownership interest in the Duane Arnold Energy Center (DAEC) and recognized a gain based on the terms of the sale agreement. Pursuant to the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) order approving the sale, the gain resulting from the sale was used to establish a regulatory liability. The regulatory liability is subject to change pending approval of certain post-closing adjustments related to the sale and regulatory review. The regulatory liability will be used to offset allowance for funds used during construction for future investments in new generation sited in Iowa and accretes interest at the monthly average U.S. Treasury rate for three-year maturities. At March 31, 2006, the regulatory liability related to the gain on the sale, including accrued interest, was $64.2 million and is reflected in Other long-term liabilities and deferred credits - regulatory liabilities on Alliant Energys and IPLs Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. IPL also recognized changes in certain tax-related regulatory assets due to the tax impacts of the DAEC sale, which resulted in a $30.0 million reduction in Other assets - regulatory assets on Alliant Energys and IPLs Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets during the first quarter of 2006. Refer to Notes 3, 5(a) and 12 for additional information regarding the DAEC sale.
Fuel Cost Recovery - In 2005, WPL filed for a fuel-related rate increase of $96 million with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) and an interim increase of such amount was granted and effective in the fourth quarter of 2005. Fuel-related costs decreased during the first quarter of 2006 and are currently projected to be lower than the cost estimates used to set interim rates. These decreases in fuel-related costs may result in final rates granted being lower than interim rates, which would require WPL to refund a portion of the interim rates collected. At March 31, 2006, WPL recorded a reserve for rate refund and associated interest, based on interim rates collected to date, of $17.4 million, which is reflected as a liability in Current liabilities - regulatory liabilities on Alliant Energys and WPLs Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
Coal Delivery Disruptions - WPL received approval from the PSCW to defer, beginning Aug. 3, 2005, incremental purchased power energy costs associated with coal conservation efforts at WPL due to coal delivery disruptions. At March 31, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2005, the retail portion of these incremental costs was $20.5 million and $12.3 million, respectively, which is reflected in Other assets - regulatory assets on Alliant Energys and WPLs Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
Derivatives - Refer to Note 8(a) for information regarding changes in IPLs and WPLs regulatory assets and liabilities during the first quarter of 2006 due to changes in the fair value of its derivative instruments.
(c) Common Shares Outstanding - A reconciliation of the weighted average common shares outstanding used in the basic and diluted earnings per average common share (EPS) calculation for the three months ended March 31 was as follows (in thousands):
The following options to purchase shares of common stock were excluded from the calculation of diluted EPS as the exercise prices were greater than the average market price for the three months ended March 31:
(d) Property, Plant and Equipment - Effective Jan. 1, 2006, IPL implemented new depreciation rates from a recently completed depreciation study. IPLs average rates of depreciation during the first quarter of 2006 were 2.8% for both electric and gas properties.
(e) Supplemental Financial Information - The other (income) and deductions included in Interest income and other in Alliant Energys Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income for the three months ended March 31 were as follows (in millions):
The supplemental cash flows information related to continuing operations for Alliant Energys Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the three months ended March 31 was as follows (in millions):
(f) New Accounting Pronouncements - Refer to Note 5(b) for discussion of SFAS 123(R), Share-Based Payment (SFAS 123(R)), and historical pro forma impacts of share-based compensation expense on net income.
(2) COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
Alliant Energys comprehensive income, and the components of other comprehensive income, net of taxes, for the three months ended March 31 were as follows (in millions):
(3) INCOME TAXES
The provision for income taxes for earnings from continuing operations is based on an estimated annual effective tax rate that excludes the impact of significant unusual or infrequently occurring items, discontinued operations or extraordinary items. The effective tax rate typically differs from the federal statutory rate of 35% principally due to state income taxes, the impact of foreign income and associated tax, tax credits, effects of utility ratemaking and certain non-deductible expenses. In addition, the provision for income taxes for earnings from continuing operations for the three months ended March 31, 2006 included $7 million of income tax benefits related to the sale of IPLs interest in DAEC. These income tax benefits included the recognition of the unamortized balance of deferred investment tax credits and the reversal of excess deferred taxes related to DAEC property, plant and equipment. Pursuant to the IUB order approving the DAEC sale, these income tax benefits were excluded from the regulatory liability established upon the sale. Refer to Notes 1(b), 5(a) and 12 for further discussion of the DAEC sale.
In the first quarter of 2006, Alliant Energy reclassified $158 million of deferred tax assets from Other long-term liabilities and deferred credits - deferred income taxes to Current assets - deferred income taxes. The deferred tax assets included in Current assets - deferred income taxes represent the amount of deferred tax benefits from tax carryforwards related to capital losses, net operating losses and credits that Alliant Energy anticipates will be utilized within the next 12 months.
(4) SALES OF ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE
In April 2006, IPL extended its utility customer accounts receivable sale program agreement through October 2006 and increased the maximum amount of receivables that can be sold from $125 million to $200 million. At March 31, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2005, IPL had sold $85 million and $100 million of utility customer accounts receivable, respectively.
(5) BENEFIT PLANS
(a) Pension Plans and Other Postretirement Benefits - The components of Alliant Energys qualified and non-qualified pension benefits and other postretirement benefits costs for the three months ended March 31 were as follows (in millions):
The impacts of the curtailment and settlement in the above table resulted from FPL Energy Duane Arnold, LLC (FPL Energy) assuming certain DAEC employee pension and other postretirement benefit obligations and certain pension assets transferred to FPL Energy in connection with the DAEC sale in January 2006. The curtailment loss (gain) represents the unrecognized prior service cost attributable to DAEC employees who transferred to FPL Energy. The net settlement gain of $9.5 million represents accumulated benefit obligations of $29.5 million attributable to the transferred DAEC employees less pension assets transferred at closing of $13.2 million and recognition of settlement losses of $6.8 million relating to previously unrecognized actuarial losses and transition assets. The impacts of the curtailment and settlement were included as a component of the regulatory liability recorded with the DAEC sale and did not have an impact on Alliant Energys or IPLs results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2006. Refer to Notes 1(b), 3 and 12 for further discussion of the DAEC sale.
As result of the DAEC sale and certain amendments to Alliant Energys cash balance plan in the first quarter of 2006, Alliant Energy, IPL and WPL remeasured the assets and liabilities of certain of their qualified pension plans utilizing a 5.75% discount rate to calculate benefit obligations and their future net periodic pension costs. Alliant Energy, IPL and WPL utilized a 5.5% discount rate on their previous measurement date of Sep. 30, 2005. Alliant Energy, IPL and WPL did not modify any other key assumptions upon the remeasurements. The remeasurements of the qualified pension plans in the first quarter of 2006 resulted in the following decreases to certain amounts included on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (in millions):
Alliant Energy estimates that funding for the pension and other postretirement benefits plans for 2006 will be approximately $80 million and $11 million, of which $77 million and $2 million, respectively, has been contributed through March 31, 2006.
(b) Equity Incentive Plans - On Jan. 1, 2006, Alliant Energy adopted SFAS 123(R), which requires share-based payments to employees to be recognized in the financial statements based on their fair values. Alliant Energy used the modified prospective transition method for the adoption, which resulted in no changes to Alliant Energys financial statements for prior periods. The impacts of adoption did not have a material impact on Alliant Energys financial condition or results of operations. The impact to Alliant Energy in periods subsequent to the adoption of SFAS 123(R) will largely be dependent upon the nature of any new share-based compensation awards issued to employees and the achievement of certain performance and market conditions related to such awards.
Alliant Energy has a 2002 Equity Incentive Plan (EIP) that permits the grant of incentive stock options, non-qualified stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units, performance shares and performance units to key employees. At March 31, 2006, non-qualified stock options, restricted stock and performance shares were outstanding under the EIP and a predecessor plan under which new awards can no longer be granted. At March 31, 2006, approximately 1.2 million shares remained available for issuance under the EIP. Alliant Energy satisfies payouts related to equity awards under the EIP through the issuance of new shares of its common stock.
In the first quarter of 2006, Alliant Energy recognized $5.2 million of share-based compensation expense related to grants under the EIP and $1.9 million of related income tax benefits. As of March 31, 2006, total unrecognized compensation cost related to all share-based compensation awards was $9.7 million, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 2 years. Share-based compensation expense is recognized on a straight-line basis over the requisite service periods.
Performance Shares - Performance share payouts to key employees are contingent upon achievement over three-year periods of specified goals, which currently include metrics of total shareowner return relative to an investor-owned utility peer group. Nonvested performance share payouts are prorated at retirement based on time worked during the performance period and results of the performance criteria. Participants nonvested performance share payouts are forfeited when the participant voluntarily leaves Alliant Energy for reasons other than retirement. Performance shares can be paid out in shares of Alliant Energys common stock, cash or a combination of cash and stock and are modified by a performance multiplier, which ranges from zero to two, based on the performance criteria. At March 31, 2006, Alliant Energy anticipated all future payouts to be in the form of cash; therefore, performance shares were accounted for as liability awards. A summary of the performance shares activity for the three months ended March 31 is as follows:
* Share amounts represent the target number of performance shares. Actual number of shares paid out, if vested, is dependent upon actual performance and may range from zero to 200% of the number of target shares.
Information related to nonvested performance shares and their fair values at March 31, 2006, by year of grant, is as follows:
At March 31, 2006, fair values of nonvested performance shares were calculated using a Monte Carlo simulation to determine the anticipated total shareowner returns of Alliant Energy and its investor-owned utility peer group. Expected volatility was based on historical volatilities using daily stock prices over the past three years. Expected dividend yields were calculated based on the most recent quarterly dividend payments prior to the measurement date and stock prices at the measurement date. The risk-free interest rate is based on the three-year U.S. Treasury rate in effect as of the measurement date.
In the first quarter of 2006, Alliant Energy paid out $6.5 million in a combination of cash and stock related to the performance shares granted in 2003. No amounts were paid out related to performance shares during 2005.
Restricted Stock - Restricted stock issued under the EIP consists of time-based and performance-contingent restricted stock.
Time-based restricted stock - Restriction periods vary for each issuance of time-based restricted stock and currently range from two to five years. Nonvested shares of time-based restricted stock generally become vested upon retirement, except for certain shares that were awarded for retention purposes that are forfeited upon retirement. Compensation costs related to awards granted to retiree-eligible employees are generally expensed on the date of grant. Participants nonvested time-based restricted stock is forfeited when the participant voluntarily leaves Alliant Energy for reasons other than retirement. The fair value of time-based restricted stock is based on the average market price at the grant date. A summary of the time-based restricted stock activity for the three months ended March 31 is as follows:
Performance-contingent restricted stock - Payouts of performance-contingent restricted stock grants are based on the achievement of certain performance targets (currently specified EPS growth). If performance targets are not met within the performance period, which currently ranges from two to four years, these restricted stock grants are forfeited. Nonvested shares of performance-contingent restricted stock are prorated at retirement based on time worked during the performance period and vest only if and when the performance criteria are met. Participants nonvested performance-contingent restricted stock is forfeited when the participant voluntarily leaves Alliant Energy for reasons other than retirement. The fair value of performance-contingent restricted stock is based on the average market price at the grant date. A summary of the performance-contingent restricted stock activity for the three months ended March 31 is as follows:
Non-qualified Stock Options - Options granted to date under the plans were granted at the market price of the shares on the date of grant, vest over three years and expire no later than 10 years after the grant date. Options become fully vested upon retirement and remain exercisable at any time prior to their expiration date or for three years after the effective date of the retirement, whichever period is shorter. Options become fully vested upon death or disability and remain exercisable at any time prior to their expiration date or for one year after the effective date of the death or disability, whichever period is shorter. Participants options that are not vested become forfeited when participants leave Alliant Energy and their vested options expire after three months. No options have been granted since 2004. The fair value of stock options on the date of grant was based on the Black-Scholes pricing model. A summary of the stock option activity is as follows:
Alliant Energy had the following nonvested stock options as of March 31, 2006:
Other information related to stock option activity for the three months ended March 31 was as follows (in millions):
Prior Year Pro Forma Expense - Prior to Jan. 1, 2006, Alliant Energy accounted for awards issued under its stock-based incentive compensation plans under the recognition and measurement principles of Accounting Principles Board Opinion 25, Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees (APB 25). Pursuant to APB 25, no stock-based compensation cost was reflected in net income in Alliant Energys Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income for stock options because all options granted under those plans had an exercise price equal to the market price of the underlying common stock on the date of grant. If Alliant Energy had applied the fair value recognition provisions of SFAS 123, Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation, to awards issued under these plans prior to the adoption of SFAS 123(R), the effect on net income and EPS for the three months ended March 31, 2005 would have been as follows (dollars in millions):
(a) Short-term Debt - Information regarding commercial paper at March 31, 2006 was as follows (dollars in millions; N/A = Not Applicable):
(b) Long-term Debt - Resources completed the following debt retirements during the three months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005 and incurred pre-tax debt repayment premiums and charges for unamortized debt expenses related to these debt retirements that are recorded in Loss on early extinguishment of debt in Alliant Energys Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income as follows (dollars in millions):
In March 2006, WPL issued $39.1 million of unsecured variable rate pollution control revenue bonds due 2014 through 2015 and used the proceeds in April 2006 to retire its remaining $39.1 million of first mortgage bonds due 2014 through 2015. At March 31, 2006, the $39.1 million of proceeds were held with the trustee and therefore recorded in Current assets - restricted cash on Alliant Energys and WPLs Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
(a) Investments in Foreign Entities - The geographic concentration of Alliant Energys unconsolidated foreign investments was as follows (in millions):
Brazil - In January 2006, Alliant Energy completed the sale of all of its Brazil investments and received net proceeds of $150 million (after transaction costs), which it used for debt reduction at Resources. Upon completion of the sale, Alliant Energy removed from its Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet the carrying amount of various assets and liabilities related to the sale, including $79 million of Brazil investments from Investments in unconsolidated foreign entities, $13 million of non-refundable deposits received by Alliant Energy as a result of an arbitration dispute from Current liabilities - other and $89 million of pre-tax foreign currency translation losses directly associated with its Brazil investments from Accumulated other comprehensive loss. At the date of the sale, the carrying value of these assets and liabilities exceeded the net proceeds by $4.8 million, resulting in a pre-tax loss on the sale recorded in Interest income and other in Alliant Energys Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income in the first quarter of 2006.
(b) Unconsolidated Equity Investments - Equity (income) loss from Alliant Energys unconsolidated investments accounted for under the equity method of accounting for the three months ended March 31 was as follows (in millions):
(8) DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
(a) Accounting for Derivative Instruments - Alliant Energy records derivative instruments at fair value on the balance sheet as assets or liabilities. For IPL and WPL, changes in the derivatives fair values are generally recorded with offsets to regulatory assets or liabilities. At March 31, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2005, current derivative assets were included in Other current assets, non-current derivative assets were included in Deferred charges and other, current derivative liabilities were included in Other current liabilities and non-current derivative liabilities were included in Other long-term liabilities and deferred credits on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as follows (in millions):
IPL and WPL have entered into several purchase contracts to supply fixed-price natural gas for its natural gas-fired electric generating facilities. Significant decreases in natural gas prices during the first quarter of 2006 have changed the fair value of these contracts and resulted in decreases in derivative assets and increases in derivative liabilities. As a result of changes in the fair value of these contracts, the counterparties to these contracts have required IPL and WPL to provide $18 million and $6 million of cash collateral, respectively, which are recorded in Other accounts receivable on the respective Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
(b) Weather Derivatives - In 2005, Corporate Services, as agent for IPL and WPL, and WPL on behalf of itself, entered into a combination of put options and swap agreements based on heating degree days (HDD) to reduce the impact of weather volatility on IPLs and WPLs margins for the period Nov. 1, 2005 to March 31, 2006. The actual HDD during this period were lower than those specified in the contracts resulting in Alliant Energy receiving $7.0 million ($3.8 million for IPL and $3.2 million for WPL) of payments from the counterparty, the majority of which was received in April 2006. In the first quarter of 2006, gains resulting from changes in the value of these weather derivatives were recorded as follows (in millions):
(9) COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
(a) Purchase Obligations - Alliant Energy, through its subsidiaries Corporate Services, IPL and WPL, has entered into purchased power, coal, and natural gas supply, transportation and storage contracts for its utility business. As of March 31, 2006, minimum future commitments related to Alliant Energys utility business for purchased power (excluding operating leases), coal and natural gas were $2.2 billion, $373 million and $257 million, respectively. Refer to Note 12 for details on a long-term purchased power agreement entered into upon IPLs sale of its interest in DAEC in January 2006, the amount of which is included in the purchased power commitments.
(b) Guarantees and Indemnifications - Alliant Energy provided indemnifications associated with various sales of its non-regulated and utility businesses/assets for losses resulting from potential breach of the representations and warranties made by Alliant Energy on the sale dates and for the breach of its obligations under the sale agreements. Alliant Energy believes the likelihood of having to make any material cash payments under these indemnifications is remote. Alliant Energy has not recorded any material liabilities related to the indemnifications as of March 31, 2006. The terms of the indemnifications provided by Alliant Energy at March 31, 2006 for the various sales were as follows (in millions):
(10) SEGMENTS OF BUSINESS
Certain financial information relating to Alliant Energys business segments is as follows (Intl = International). Intersegment revenues were not material to Alliant Energys operations. At Dec. 31, 2005, IPL had $459 million of assets included within the DAEC sale agreement which were removed from total assets of the Utility Business - Electric segment upon the sale of IPLs interest in DAEC in January 2006. Refer to Notes 1(b), 3, 5(a) and 12 for further discussion of the DAEC sale.
(11) DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS AND ASSETS AND LIABILITIES HELD FOR SALE
Alliant Energy has completed the disposal, or is currently pursuing the disposal, of numerous non-regulated and utility businesses and other assets in order to strengthen its financial profile and narrow its strategic focus and risk profile. At or before March 31, 2006, the following businesses qualified as assets held for sale as defined by SFAS 144:
Certain assets and liabilities of the businesses/assets listed in the above table have been classified as held for sale on Alliant Energys Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets at March 31, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2005. The operating results of the non-regulated businesses listed in the above table have been separately classified and reported as discontinued operations in Alliant Energys Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income. The operating results of the utility businesses/assets listed in the above table have not been reported as discontinued operations.
A summary of the components of discontinued operations in Alliant Energys Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income for the three months ended March 31 was as follows (in millions):
A summary of the components of assets and liabilities held for sale on Alliant Energys Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets was as follows (in millions):
A summary of the components of cash flows for discontinued operations for the three months ended March 31 was as follows (in millions):
(12) SALE OF IPLS INTEREST IN DAEC
In January 2006, IPL completed the sale of its 70% ownership interest in DAEC to FPL Energy. Under the sales agreement, FPL Energy purchased IPLs interest in the nuclear generating facility and related inventories (nuclear fuel and material and supplies) and assumed various liabilities of IPL in exchange for net proceeds to IPL of $331 million. Such proceeds were net of purchase price adjustments, cash payments made at closing to FPL Energy and certain transaction-related costs. IPL used $130 million of the net proceeds to reduce its short-term debt, $125 million to reduce its level of accounts receivable sold and the remainder for investments in short-term securities and general corporate purposes. In January 2006, IPL retired its capital lease obligation, including interest through the closing date, covering its 70% undivided interest in nuclear fuel for DAEC for $40 million. In March 2006, IPL used the investments in short-term securities, along with other funds, to pay a dividend of $110 million to Alliant Energy pursuant to the IUB order approving the DAEC sale.
The cash payments made by IPL to FPL Energy at closing were in connection with FPL Energys assumption of decommissioning, employee benefit and certain other liabilities related to DAEC. The sales proceeds and related cash payments are subject to various post-closing adjustments, which have been estimated and included in IPLs financial statements as of March 31, 2006. The post-closing adjustments are anticipated to be settled in the second quarter of 2006. In addition to the proceeds received by IPL, other Alliant Energy subsidiaries received $7 million in proceeds from FPL Energy related to other property purchased by FPL Energy and reimbursement for Alliant Energys forfeiture of its membership interest in the Nuclear Management Company upon the sale of DAEC.
IPL previously established two decommissioning funds to cover the eventual decommissioning of DAEC. Upon closing of the sale, FPL Energy assumed responsibility for the eventual decommissioning of the facility and received the equivalent of $203 million of nuclear decommissioning trust assets, which included the qualified and non-qualified decommissioning trust fund assets of IPL valued at $188 million at the closing date, and a cash payment. On the closing date, the value of the decommissioning funds and the cash payments made exceeded the $203 million in decommissioning trust assets required to be transferred to FPL Energy by $8 million. The $8 million of excess decommissioning trust assets were retained by IPL and were included as a component of the regulatory liability related to the sale as discussed below.
Pursuant to the IUB order approving the sale, the gain resulting from IPLs portion of the sale served as the basis to establish a regulatory liability of approximately $64 million. Refer to Notes 1(b), 3 and 5(a) for additional discussion.
As of the closing date, IPLs share of the carrying value of the assets and liabilities sold was as follows (in millions):
* Includes nuclear fuel, net of amortization
IPLs assets and liabilities related to the DAEC sale agreement had been classified as held for sale on Alliant Energys and IPLs Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of Dec. 31, 2005.
Upon closing of the sale, IPL entered into a long-term purchased power agreement with FPL Energy to buy energy and capacity from DAEC. The purchased power agreement extends through February 2014, concurrent with expiration of DAECs current operating license. As of March 31, 2006, IPLs future minimum payments, assuming a 90% capacity factor, related to this agreement are estimated at $112 million from April through December 2006, $156 million for 2007, $157 million for 2008, $167 million for 2009, $171 million for 2010 and $595 million for 2011 through 2014.
(13) ASSET RETIREMENT OBLIGATIONS
Pursuant to SFAS 143, Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations, (SFAS 143) and Financial Accounting Standards Board Interpretation No. (FIN) 47, Accounting for Conditional Asset Retirement Obligations - an interpretation of SFAS 143, a reconciliation of the changes in AROs associated with long-lived assets is as follows (in millions):
Refer to Note 12 for AROs included in liabilities held for sale relating to the sale of IPLs interest in DAEC.
(14) VARIABLE INTEREST ENTITIES
After making an ongoing exhaustive effort, Alliant Energy concluded it was unable to obtain the information necessary from the counterparties (subsidiaries of Calpine Corporation (Calpine)) to the Riverside and RockGen purchased power agreements to determine whether the counterparties are variable interest entities per FIN 46R, Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities, and if Alliant Energy is the primary beneficiary. These agreements are currently accounted for as operating leases. The counterparties sell some or all of their generating capacity to WPL and can sell their energy output to WPL. Alliant Energys maximum exposure to loss from these agreements is undeterminable due to the inability to obtain the necessary information to complete such evaluation. For the three months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005, Alliant Energys (primarily WPLs) costs, excluding fuel costs, related to the Riverside agreement were $7.5 million and $7.9 million, respectively. For the three months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005, WPLs costs, excluding fuel costs, related to the RockGen agreement were $3.8 million and $7.1 million, respectively.
(15) CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Alliant Energy has fully and unconditionally guaranteed the payment of principal and interest on the exchangeable senior notes issued by Resources and, as a result, is required to present condensed consolidating financial statements. No Alliant Energy subsidiaries are guarantors of Resources debt securities. The Other Alliant Energy Subsidiaries column includes amounts for IPL, WPL and Corporate Services. Alliant Energys condensed consolidating financial statements are as follows:
Alliant Energy Corporation Condensed Consolidating Statements of Income (Unaudited)
Alliant Energy Corporation Condensed Consolidating Balance Sheet as of March 31, 2006 (Unaudited)
Alliant Energy Corporation Condensed Consolidating Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2005 (Unaudited)
Alliant Energy Corporation Condensed Consolidating Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)