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Regulators recommend Avista be fined over explosion

State regulators say Avista Corp. should be fined in excess of $1.1 million for a December 2008 natural gas explosion in Odessa that injured two people and destroyed property.


Blown fuse left nearly 6,000 without power early today

Nearly 6,000 Avista Utilities customers were without power this morning when fuses blew at a substation near Francis Avenue and Cedar Street on the North Side of Spokane.


Avista wants to expand program

Avista Utilities is asking the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to allow an increase in the size of customer-owned power generation projects that qualify for the company’s net metering program. Avista …


Outrage over bill crosses a line

A Coeur d’Alene man who owns a historic bed and breakfast was taken into custody by police Wednesday after threatening Avista Corp. employees over the phone when a serviceman delivered …


Forceful storm blows into Inland Northwest

Police and fire crews were sent scrambling Wednesday night responding to dozens of reports of downed power lines and trees caused by an evening storm that swept across Eastern Washington …


Weather put crimp in Avista’s 1Q earnings

El Niño weather patterns took a bite out of Avista Corp.’s first-quarter earnings. “We had a challenging first quarter because our region experienced one of the warmest January-to-March periods on …


Warm weather stifles Avista’s earnings

El Niño weather patterns took a bite out of Avista Corp.’s first quarter earnings.


Drivers can get charge at City Hall

A bunch of the cutest little cars you’ve ever seen were parked outside Spokane City Hall on Thursday for a special occasion. Mayor Mary Verner took advantage of the 41st …


Spokane unveils electric car charging station

A bunch of the cutest little cars you’ve ever seen were parked outside Spokane City Hall on Thursday for a special occasion.


Utility chooses a wireless network

Spokane-based Avista Utilities will install Tropos Networks’ wireless network as one of the key parts of its “smart grid” system, the company announced Tuesday. Tropos, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., will …


Tribe, Avista working to protect St. Joe River levees

The Shadowy St. Joe River is losing its signature shade trees. Hundreds of cottonwoods that once lined natural levees along the lower St. Joe River are gone. Uprooted by erosion, …


Avista reports executive pay

Avista Chairman and CEO Scott Morris earned $3 million in total compensation last year, the utility reported Wednesday. Morris has held Avista’s top executive job since Jan. 1, 2008. Compensation …


Avista CEO earns $3 million in compensation

Avista Chairman and CEO Scott Morris earned $3 million in total compensation last year, the utility reported today.


Avista social media man talks his trade

It’s a good thing Dan Kolbet is thick-skinned. Because he is “Dan_at_Avista,” the company’s social-media man who blogs and tweets about his company, and wades into the vitriol of online …


Avista requests increase in gas, electricity rates, cites needed upgrades

Avista Utilities is seeking to raise the price of electricity and natural gas for its customers in both Washington and Idaho. The requested rate hike would add $10.62 to the …


System upgrades behind rate-hike requests, Avista says

Avista is seeking to raise the price of electricity and natural gas through a series of rate filings. For the average Avista ratepayer in Eastern Washington, the request amounts to …


SNAP will take energy aid calls

The Spokane Neighborhood Action Program will take energy assistance calls for one more Saturday before spring, the agency announced this week.


Avista reports earnings, will seek rate hike in 2011

Avista Corp. will ask Washington and Idaho regulators for permission to raise utility rates by early next year. The Spokane-based company plans to file “rate cases” with both state’s public …


Utility to delay wind farm project

Avista Corp. will delay construction of a 50-turbine wind farm near Reardan until at least 2014, citing the high costs associated with harnessing energy from the wind. Avista had planned …


Avista pushes back Reardan wind farm construction

Avista Corp. will delay construction of a 50-turbine wind farm near Reardan until at least 2014, citing the high costs associated with harnessing energy from the wind.


Utilities panel agrees to stop surcharge

Electricity bills for Avista’s Eastern Washington customers will fall by 7 percent after state regulators eliminated a monthly surcharge that dated to the 2001 West Coast energy crisis. The Washington …


Avista customers will see bills drop about $5

Electricity bills for Avista’s Eastern Washington customers will fall by 7 percent after state regulators eliminated a monthly surcharge that dated to the 2001 West Coast energy crisis.


Avista ending 7 percent monthly surcharge

Avista Corp. plans to drop a monthly surcharge paid by its 232,000 Eastern Washington electric customers that dates to the 2001 West Coast energy crisis. The 7 percent surcharge costs …


Avista offers to drop a surcharge

Avista Corp. plans to drop a monthly surcharge paid by its 232,000 Eastern Washington electric customers that dates to the 2001 West Coast energy crisis.


Avista will distribute Enron settlement funds

A $9 million settlement from Enron Corp. for its role in the 2000-’01 Western energy crisis will help reduce heating costs for Washington households. The settlement includes $463,187 for Avista …


Power restored around Deer Park

Avista Utilities is reporting on its Web site that power has been restored to all customers in north Spokane County and Deer Park.


Avista will distribute Enron settlement funds

A $9 million settlement from Enron Corp. for its role in the 2000-’01 Western energy crisis will help reduce heating costs for Washington households.


Avista pushes climate bill

Avista Corp., which gets half its energy from hydropower dams, has joined other clean-energy providers, retailer Gap Inc. and Colorado resort operator Aspen Skiing Co. to form a new lobbying …


Avista to lead Pullman power grid project

Avista Corp. will lead a $38 million “smart-grid” demonstration project in Pullman that will upgrade the electric distribution system to the city of 27,600 people.


Idaho, Avista trade land

BOISE – Idaho officials agreed Tuesday to a land swap with Avista Corp., trading 120 acres of steeply forested land along Trestle Creek on the east side of Lake Pend …