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  • Attorney general’s office urges lower Avista electric rates

    Avista Utilities should lower base rates for its Washington electric customers instead of trying to collect more money, the state attorney general’s office said this month. The office, which described …


  • UPDATED: Thu., July 24, 2014, 3:24 p.m.

    Utilities working to restore power to area homes

    More than 29,000 homes and businesses remain without power this morning in the Inland Northwest in the wake of severe thunderstorms that knocked down trees and power lines across a …


  • Avista replacing transformers to eliminate PCBs

    Avista Corp. is spending $36 million over six years to replace thousands of electrical transformers that contain PCBs, a cancer-causing compound found in elevated levels in the Spokane River. Transformers …


  • Doug Clark: Only you can help Avista’s cats stay fat

    Welcome to “Loot for the Loaded,” our first-ever charity telethon. I’m devoting my column today to helping poor Avista executives, who are feeling the pinch like never before.


  • Avista’s profits up 42 percent

    Avista Corp.’s profits shot up 42 percent in 2013, following higher demand for heat and air-conditioning during a year that featured a colder-than-normal winter and a hot summer. The Spokane-based …


  • Avista getting new computer systems

    After 20 years on a mainframe, Avista Utilities is launching new computer systems this year for handling customer service calls, managing work orders and tracking equipment in its three-state service …


  • Power outage cuts into Seahawks broadcast in Spokane area

    Football fans can blame an ice-covered tree for knocking the NFC Championship game off the air for several minutes Sunday just as the Seattle Seahawks were rallying for the win. …


  • If Christmas brings new devices to plug in, here are tips to save energy

    Many of the gifts unwrapped this Christmas will be electronics. Laptops, cellphones, tablets and game consoles have transformed how we work and play, and they’ve changed our electrical use, too, …


  • Avista to spend $5 million to replace gas pipes

    Avista Utilities will spend $5 million this year to replace about 60 miles of natural gas line in Spokane and Lincoln counties that’s vulnerable to cracking. The older, polyethylene pipe …


  • Avista Corp. earnings sizzle after hot summer

    Hot summer days contributed to higher third-quarter earnings for Avista Corp., officials said Wednesday. The Spokane-based utility cited air conditioning demand as a factor in its quarterly income of $11.4 …


  • Avista natural gas customers’ bills to rise

    Avista’s natural gas customers will pay 9.4 percent more for heat this winter as a result of higher wholesale prices. The new rates take hold Friday for about 150,000 customers …


  • Clark: Answers at the Reddy on latest from Avista

    Hello and welcome to another installment of Ask Reddy Kilowatt. The iconic former power company mascot, with his red lightning-bolt body and light bulb nose, has agreed to come back …


  • Avista, Inland Power’s results differ with new energy standards

    Wind turbines spinning on the Palouse are the final piece of Avista Utilities’ strategy to meet Washington’s new renewable energy standards. Energy from the 58-turbine Palouse Wind farm, which started …


  • Avista reports second-quarter earnings growth

    Spokane-based energy utility Avista Corp. reported second-quarter earnings Wednesday of $25.7 million, or 43 cents per share, up from $18.2 million and 31 cents per share a year earlier. Company …


  • Avista requests rate hikes in Idaho

    Rising prices for natural gas and increased demand for energy-efficiency rebates have Avista Utilities asking for higher rates in Idaho. The Spokane-based utility is seeking a 0.9 percent increase in …


  • Avista absorbs hit as generator fails

    A generator failure at a Montana coal plant will force Avista Corp. to buy about $12 million worth of replacement electricity this year. The Spokane-based utility owns a 15 percent …


  • Clark: Avista ‘report card’ puts me in a class by myself

    Well, they’ve done it again – those weasels at the Avista Corp., I mean. If these meddlers aren’t raising our gas and electricity rates every other month, they’re sending everybody …


  • Avista reports profitable quarter

    Higher rates in Washington helped Avista Corp. recover from a down year and report a more profitable first quarter. Net income for the quarter was $42.3 million, or 71 cents …


  • Doug Clark: Avista’s covered win or lose

    Avista has given us so many blessings over the years. Light. Heat.


  • Idaho PUC staff supports Avista’s proposal to hike rates

    Avista Corp. would raise electricity and natural gas rates this year in Idaho under a new agreement under consideration by utility regulators. The company utility has 123,000 electricity and 75,000 …


  • Avista rates to rise next week

    Avista Corp. will raise electric and gas rates in Washington in the new year and again in 2014 under an agreement with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. Following months …


  • Update of power grid in Inland Northwest has begun

    With the push of a button on their smartphones, Inland Northwest residents will soon have a way to adjust their thermostats and their electric bills. In Pullman, a $38 million …


  • Avista reports copper wire theft

    Authorities say more than a half mile of copper wire was stolen recently from an Avista Utilities substation. Avista employees told the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office the wire was stolen …


  • Church, property owner make solar energy cost-effective

    Two Spokane property owners investing thousands of dollars in solar energy panels say financial incentives from federal and state governments made the decision easy. The Community Building LLC, which operates …


  • Avista says work will cause power outages

    Thousands of northern Spokane County Avista customers will experience power losses this week as maintenance is performed on equipment. The Bonneville Power Administration will be working on a substation serving …


  • Avista proposal decried as too high

    Avista Corp. is asking too much of its customers in its latest push to raise rates 6.3 percent for electricity and 6.9 percent for natural gas, the Washington Attorney General’s …


  • Wire thefts are risky, costly and persistent

    Thieves are creeping down country roads at night cutting copper wire from power poles to sell on the scrap market, leaving hazards for line crews, headaches for utility managers and …


  • Spokane Public Schools district software pays big dividends

    Network administrators for the Spokane Public Schools district spent $104,000 in 2009 to slash energy consumption on 10,000 of its 13,000 computers. The money purchased a software installation that shuts …


  • UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2012, 9:24 a.m.

    Storms bring power outages, heavy rain

    The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for heavy rain until 12:15 p.m. in Northern Lincoln County, Northwestern Spokane County, Ferry County, Stevens County and Okanogan County.


  • County taking multifaceted approach to reduce energy use

    Spokane County has turned up the heat on efforts to save energy across its multiple buildings and shops. Officials are combining grants and incentives to create building blocks for reducing …