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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Spokane Community College cancels classes after power outage

Spokane Community College canceled classes Friday as a result of a power outage. The outage was reported about 9:30 a.m. Avista reports that 364 customers are affected by it.


Spokane takes step to become a ‘Smart City’ research center

A local public-private-university collaboration called Urbanova is using street lamps to shed light air pollution.


Regulators Avista rate hearing set for Coeur d’Alene

Idaho state regulators will take public comments Tuesday on requested rate increases by Avista Corp.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 4:56 p.m.

Avista shareholders approve utility’s sale to Canadian utility Hydro One

With little fanfare, Avista Corp.’s shareholders approved the sale of the 128-year-old company to Hydro One Ltd. on Tuesday. The sale is expected to be final in August.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 10:04 a.m.

Avista agrees to buy power from Spokane’s trash incinerator for 5 more years

The city has been selling the extra energy produced at its Waste-to-Energy plant on the West Plains since it opened in 1991. A change in state law requiring utilities to …


10 answers to pressing questions about the sale of Avista Corp. to Hydro One

The proposed sale of Avista Corp. to Hydro One for $5.3 billion would chart new territory for customers of the Spokane-based utility. Next week’s shareholder vote is a major milestone …


Who owns Avista? Home-grown utility owned by large, institutional investors

On Nov. 21, Avista shareholders will vote on whether to approve the company’s sale to Hydro One, an Ontario utility. Most of the ballots will be cast by large, institutional …


Meet Mayo Schmidt, the former Miami Dolphin who leads Hydro One, the Canadian utility that’s buying Avista

Avista Corp.’s shareholders vote next week on Hydro One’s proposed $5.3 billion purchase of the Spokane utility. Scott Morris, Avista’s chairman and CEO, said the company has found the right …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 4:41 p.m.

Avista rate credits proposed as part of Hydro One deal

If Avista Corp. is purchased by Canadian company Hydro One, customers of the Spokane-based utility will receive rate credits worth $31 million over the next decade.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 5:50 p.m.

Hearing set on Avista’s 20-year electric plan; Montana coal-fired plant part of proposal

Avista’s partial ownership in a coal-fired electric plant in Eastern Montana is likely to draw testimony at a Wednesday hearing in Spokane Valley. Utility customers can weigh in on Avista’s …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 1:43 p.m.

Avista reports lower 3Q earnings, cites Hydro One merger costs

Acquisition costs related to Avista Corp.’s proposed purchase by Hydro One of Ontario led to lower third-quarter earnings for the Spokane-based utility.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

Idaho regulators announce settlement in Avista rate case

Parties involved in an Avista Utilities rate case have reached a settlement that reduces the utility’s requested rate increase for electric and natural gas service for Idaho customers.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 5:16 p.m.

Avista should get smaller rate increase, staff for Washington regulators say

Avista Utilities should be allowed to raise customers’ rates over the next three years, but by much smaller amounts than company officials proposed, Washington regulators’s staff members said Friday.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 6:51 p.m.

Avista customers to get slight break on winter heating costs

Avista’s natural gas customers in Washington will get a slight break on their bills beginning Nov. 1.


Avista files for rate increase settlement, awaits Idaho regulator approval

Avista Corp. has reached a proposed settlement over its request to raise Idaho customers’ rates in 2018 and 2019.


The Dirt: Avista to construct vehicle maintenance building at headquarters

Avista Corp. has been issued a permit to build a $3.1 million fleet service building.


Avista’s Idaho customers will see slight increase in electric bills

Rates for Avista’s Idaho electric customers will increase slightly in October. The changes will increase a typical household’s bill by 2 percent.


Avista seeks to lower natural gas bills in Idaho

Avista is proposing to lower natural gas bills for Idaho customers by just over $1 per month, effective Nov. 1. Natural gas prices are adjusted each fall to take fluctuations …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

Burning power pole causes wires to fall across I-90 near downtown Spokane on Monday

A power pole along Interstate 90 caught fire Monday and caused power lines to fall onto the highway near the Hamilton exit.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 10:49 a.m.

Documents reveal corporate suitors’ wooing of Avista Corp., ultimate sale to Hydro One

As spring ripened into summer, Avista Corp. entertained merger/purchase proposals from five prospective suitors. In recently released documents, the utility revealed the corporate courtship that led to its proposed $5.3 …


Crane used to remove rock and garbage from Monroe Street Dam on Spokane River

Workers moved a large crane to the banks of the Spokane River near the Monroe Street Dam to move gravel and cobble that has clogged the dam’s intake structure.


Avista CEO Morris, wife pledge $3 million to foundations

The Avista Foundation announced Wednesday it will receive its first individual endowment, courtesy of Avista Corp. CEO Scott Morris and his wife, Liz.


Avista requests natural gas rate increase in Idaho

Avista is asking Idaho regulators to approve a slight increase in natural gas rates, effective Nov. 1.


Avista asks state regulators rate adjustments

Avista is asking Washington regulators for several rate adjustments that, if approved, would raise electric rates slightly and decrease natural gas rates.


Public speaks up as Avista considers raising rates

Avista’s top five executives made in excess of $10.5 million in 2016, and the company reported net income of $83.9 million in the first half of 2017.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 3:29 p.m.

1,400 Avista customers lose power in northwest Spokane

Avista Utilities has restored power to about 1,400 customers that lost electricity Tuesday morning in northwest Spokane due a burned power pole.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 5:50 p.m.

Coeur d’Alene workshop scheduled on proposed Avista rate increase

Avista’s Idaho customers will have a chance to weigh in on proposed rate increases during an Aug. 31 workshop in Coeur d’Alene.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Salvation Army hands out thousands of back-to-school kits for its eighth year

For its eighth year, the Salvation Army has distributed backpacks and school supplies to Spokane families in need.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 11:48 a.m.

Regulators say ‘no’ to Avista’s request for higher electric rates in Washington

State regulators have turned down Avista Corp.’s request to collect $15 million in additional electric revenue from Washington customers.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 11:26 a.m.

Burden of decision: A native son climbs to Avista’s top job, then arranges the sale of the company

Avista’s sale is a weighty decision, CEO Scott Morris said in a recent interview, but one he thinks history will look favorably on.