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Shawn Vestal: Avista, whatever that means, should rename itself something meaningful. How about Washington Water Power?

What if – upon the occasion of Scott Morris’ retirement as head honcho – Avista decided to return to the name that is a part of city skyline? The name …


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 9:42 p.m.

Scott Morris, Avista chairman and CEO, announces retirement

Avista Corp. Chairman and CEO Scott Morris has informed the Spokane-based utility’s board of directors that he will retire from the company effective March 1.


The Dirt: Work on fire-damaged parking garage near Sacred hospital slated to start in fall

Demolition and reconstruction work will begin six months after a parking garage near Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center was severely damaged by a fire, according to permits issued by the …


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019, 4:47 p.m.

Avista plans $1 million parking lot for Catalyst Building

A million-dollar parking lot will be built on East Sprague Avenue, part of Avista Corp.’s work at the south landing of the University District Gateway Bridge, according to city permits.


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 7:55 p.m.

Abandoned sale bolsters Avista first-quarter earnings

The abandoned sale of Avista Corp. to a Canadian utility buoyed the local energy company’s first-quarter earnings, which reached $115.8 million, according to the corporate report filed Thursday with the …


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019, 8:36 p.m.

Avista seeks Washington regulatory approval for rate increases over two years

Avista Corp. filed a request Tuesday with Washington regulators to raise electric and natural gas rates over the next two years.


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019, 7:03 a.m.

Then and Now: The Monroe Street Dam

Washington Water Power’s first major power project, which began producing power in 1890, was located at the lower falls near Monroe Street. An 18-foot dam of rocks and timbers pooled …


Avista says it will produce completely clean electricity by 2045

Avista Corp. has announced plans to produce 100% clean electricity by 2045.


100 years ago in Spokane: Washington Water Power says it will buy bankrupt downtown steam plant; chewing gum craze arrives

The Washington Water Power Co, announced that it was ready to purchase the property of the bankrupt Spokane Heat, Light and Power Co. – which we know today as the …


$6.5 million in telecommunications work to move Catalyst project forward

More permits have been issued for work related to Avista Corp.’s Catalyst project at the south landing of the University District’s pedestrian bridge, according to city data.


UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019, 6:58 a.m.

Washington Supreme Court weighs greenhouse gas rules

The Washington Supreme Court hears arguments on greenhouse gas emissions rules adopted by the state Department of Ecology.


Avista chairman Scott Morris sells $771,000 worth of company stock

Scott Morris sold $771,000 worth of Avista stock this week, but he still retains a $9 million ownership stake in the Spokane-based utility.


Avista starts $165 million smart-meter rollout in Spokane

Avista begins a $165 million smart-meter rollout in Spokane on Friday. More than 400,000 electric and natural gas customers in Washington will receive the smart meters over the next 20 …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 7:44 p.m.

Avista will seek customer rate increases in 2020

Avista will ask regulators in Washington, Idaho and Oregon to approve higher rates for electricity and natural gas that would take effect in early 2020.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 6:31 a.m.

Only 2 percent of Spokane water, trash customers pay bills on time. City officials hope to change that.

Spokane water customers now have twice as long to pay their utility bills after Spokane City Council increased the time people have to pay from 10 to 20 days.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 10:49 p.m.

Avista, Hydro One abandon plans for sale

Wednesday’s decision by the two companies came after regulators in Washington and Idaho denied approval of the $5.3 billion sale of the Avista to the Canadian utility.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Montana lawmaker wants state to buy beleaguered Colstrip power plant

A Billings legislator’s proposal that Montana buy Colstrip power plant drew criticism from business and environmental groups alike at a Monday hearing in Helena.


Oregon regulators halt review of Avista sale

Oregon regulators have halted their review of Avista’s proposed $5.3 billion sale to Hydro One Ltd., after the transaction was denied in Washington and Idaho.


The Dirt: Construction of Avista parking garage to begin

Avista will begin construction of a five-story parking garage with 500 stalls near its Mission Avenue headquarters, according to city permit data.


Construction of Avista parking garage to begin

Avista will begin construction of a five-story parking garage with 500 stalls near its Mission Avenue headquarters, according to city permit data.


Second building announced as part of Catalyst project in Spokane

Development at the south landing of Spokane’s University District Gateway Bridge on East Sprague Avenue continues, with the announcement Tuesday of a partner building to Avista’s Catalyst building.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019, 7:13 p.m.

Washington regulators won’t reconsider decision to deny Avista sale to Hydro One

Washington state regulators have declined to reconsider the proposed sale of Avista Corp. to Toronto-based Hydro One Ltd.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

Idaho regulators deny sale of Avista to Canadian utility

Avista Corp.’s proposed $5.3 billion sale to a Canadian utility took another hit Thursday, when a second state moved to block the sale.


Avista, Amazon fulfillment dominate local business coverage in 2018

Avista’s proposed sale to a Canadian utility and Amazon’s fulfillment center in the West Plains dominated local business news in 2018.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018, 7:31 p.m.

Avista, Hydro One say Washington regulators erred in blocking $5.3 billion sale

Washington regulators erred when they blocked Avista Corp.’s sale to Hydro One Ltd. by exaggerating the political risks to Avista’s customers from the province of Ontario’s ownership in Hydro One, …


Plan for public group to buy Avista has major obstacles

Setting up a public entity to buy Avista may be unprecedented and definitely faces obstacles.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Avista and Hydro One ask Washington regulators to reconsider denial of $5.3 billion sale

Avista Corp. and Hydro One Ltd. will ask Washington regulators to reconsider their Dec. 5 decision denying the $5.3 billion sale of Avista to the Toronto utility.


Avista begins drawing down Lake Spokane on Jan. 1

Avista is starting its annual draw down of Lake Spokane starting January 1.


Avista deal began to unravel over the summer with Ontario elections

A hearing in Olympia last May offered hints that Avista Corp.’s sale to Hydro One Ltd. was headed for trouble.


Shawn Vestal: A thank you to regulators who nixed Avista deal

Those of us who pay Avista to heat our homes owe a big thanks to Washington state regulators today.