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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee to speak at solar farm dedication in Lind

Gov. Jay Inslee will speak Tuesday at the dedication of a solar farm in Lind, Washington.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 7:11 p.m.

Regulators to conduct hearing Tuesday on proposed Avista sale

Washington regulators have scheduled a Tuesday hearing on Avista Corp.’s proposed sale to Hydro One Ltd., of Toronto.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018, 6:48 p.m.

Area Avista customers not affected by B.C. gas pipeline explosion

Avista’s natural gas customers in Eastern Washington and North Idaho aren’t affected by Tuesday’s pipeline explosion in British Columbia at this time, company officials said.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

One of oldest coal companies in U.S., Colstrip supplier files for bankruptcy

One of the oldest coal companies in the U.S. – and supplier to the Colstrip power-generating station in Montana – filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday to deal with more than …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 10:02 p.m.

Electrical work prompts two-month narrowing of Monroe Street downtown

Two lanes of Monroe Street in downtown Spokane will be closed for almost two months while Avista works on its 100-year-old electrical system below the street.


Regulators approve lower electric rates for Avista’s Idaho customers

Avista has lowered electric rates for Idaho customers by 5.5 percent. Residential customers will see an average decrease of $4.85 per month.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 11:50 a.m.

Avista sale includes protections against Canadian government influence and rate hikes, consultant says

Avista Corp.’s proposed sale to Hydro One Ltd. has safeguards to protect local customers from Canadian government interference and rate hikes if Toronto-based utility runs into future financial troubles, says …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 11:51 a.m.

Avista executives to receive $18 million payout on day of sale

Thirteen of Avista’s top executives will receive about $18 million in immediate payouts if the Spokane-based utility is sold to Hydro One Ltd., of Toronto.


Avista extends date for sale to Hydro One

Avista Corp. is extending the deadline to complete its $5.3 billion sale to Hydro One Ltd. until March 29, although both companies expect the sale to close in late December.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

Idaho regulators approve new timeline for Avista sale deliberations

Idaho regulators said they may not be ready to make a decision by mid-December on whether or not to approve the $5.3 billion sale of Avista Corp. to Hydro One …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:27 p.m.

Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase trying to block Avista’s sale

Rob Chase doesn’t want Avista Corp. to sell to a Canadian utility, and the Spokane County commissioner candidate says he’s deploying a little-known part of federal laws to try to …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

Huntington Park will close Monday for crane assembly

Huntington Park in downtown Spokane will be closed Monday while a crane is assembled on site, according to Avista officials.


Avista seeks lower natural gas rates in Idaho

Avista Corp. is asking regulators for permission to decrease natural gas rates for Idaho customers, effective Nov. 1. If approved, a typical household was save about 34 cents on a …


Spokane Tribe launches ‘Children of the Sun’ solar initiative, with long-range plans for energy independence

Starting in mid-September, work will begin on the $2 million “Children of the Sun Solar Initiative” on the Spokane Reservation. Solar panels will generate energy for 14 tribal buildings, including …


Avista proposes lower electric and natural gas rates in Washington starting Nov. 1

Avista’s Washington customers could see about $10 in savings each month on their combined electric and natural gas bills under a proposed rate reduction.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 2:31 p.m.

Hydro One appoints new board, wants review of Avista purchase to restart

Hydro One Ltd. has installed a new board of directors in the aftermath of a political shake-up that jolted the utility’s efforts to acquire Avista Corp. The Canadian utility wants …


Safeguarding utility workers: UI grads create device to reduce electrocution deaths

Tim Ledford, Brandon Bledsoe and John Thompson developed a


Guest Opinion: Let’s keep the trust between U.S. and Canada

The United States and Canada enjoy a largely free interchange of goods, capital and people between the two countries due to decades of cooperation and trust. Let’s work to keep …


Methodology for setting 2016 Avista rates was flawed, court finds

Avista Corp.’s 2016 rates for electricity and natural gas may need to be recalculated, following a successful court challenge.


The Business of Cool: How local businesses, organizations help Spokane cope when temperatures crack 100

On hot days like these, the city adjusts. Residents spend less time outside, retreating to shade and air conditioning to keep from overheating. But for the folks who ensure the …


At groundbreaking, officials say Catalyst Building will be smartest ever built

The official groundbreaking ceremony for Avista’s five story, 150,000-square-foot “Catalyst” building took place Wednesday morning, with declarations that the project will be the “envy of the nation” and the “smartest …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 7:36 p.m.

Washington regulators schedule October hearing on proposed Avista sale

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has scheduled an Oct. 23 technical hearing on the proposed $5.3 billion sale to Hydro One Ltd. of Toronto.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

Avista CEO notes 2Q earnings ‘above expectations,’ outlines utility’s commitment to gain Hydro One sale approval

Avista Corp.’s earnings during the second quarter exceeded expectations, said Chairman and CEO Scott Morris, who also reiterated the Spokane-based utility’s commitment to gain regulatory approval of its proposed sale …


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 5:29 p.m.

Avista requests rate adjustments for Idaho electric customers that would result in a net reduction

Avista is asking Idaho regulators for two rate adjustments that, if approved, would result in a slight net reduction in electric rates.


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 6:16 p.m.

Washington regulators delay decision on Avista sale

Washington regulators have extended a deadline to Dec. 14 for deciding whether Avista’s sale to Hydro One Ltd. would benefit customers.


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 5:48 p.m.

Idaho regulators postpone Monday’s hearing in Avista sale

A technical hearing by Idaho regulators on the proposed merger of Avista and Hydro One has been postponed.


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Hydro One CEO and board ousted in political shakeup

Hydro One’s chief executive officer was ousted Wednesday by Ontario’s new premier, and the utility’s entire board of directors submitted resignations.


Avista’s Idaho customers could get slight break on winter heating bills

Avista’s Idaho customers could see about $6 in monthly savings on their heating bills this winter. The utility is proposing rate decreases, effective this fall.


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 9:24 a.m.

Avista golden share gives holder veto power over voluntary bankruptcy

A “golden share” sounds like something that belongs in a fairy tale, but it’s actually a financial term related to utility sales and mergers.


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 7:04 a.m.

Opponents worry about Canadian influence on Avista as regulators consider sale

Deliberations over the sale of Avista are heading into the final stretches, prompting utility customers who are opposed to speak up. Concerns about foreign ownership and future rates figure prominently …