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Matt Nykiel: Do Avista customers face Colstrip risk?

Avista owes it to its customers to recognize the reality of the Western energy markets and start a real conversation about how to transition off coal and to cheaper, cleaner …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 7:30 a.m.

Avista. Telect. Now Red Lion. What gives?

The loss of a home-grown business can always be a shock, but the true effects can vary.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 6:24 p.m.

Avista reports lower 2Q income; will reveal details of Hydro One deal in September

Avista Corp. will reveal more details next month about how the utility’s proposed $5.3 billion sale to Hydro One came about.


Avista credits would buffer request for Idaho surcharge

A couple of credits will help buffer Avista’s request for a surcharge on electric bills for Idaho customers.


Avista’s ownership in a Montana coal plant is under scrutiny in Ontario, which has banned coal-fired electricity

With Avista Corp. poised to be acquired by Hydro One of Ontario in a $5.3 billion sale next year, the Spokane-based utility’s partial ownership in a Montana coal plant has …


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 9:03 p.m.

Avista asks for $4 surcharge on Idaho customers’ bills to address drop in sales from mild weather in 2016

Avista Utilities wants to add a $4 monthly surcharge to its Idaho customers bills, saying the mild winter of 2016 reduced the company’s power sales and revenues.


Editorial: Before Avista pulls up its roots, regulators and customers will have a say

Remember the Washington Water Power Co.? It’s still here, but as Avista after a 1999 rebranding that confused and irked a community that had grown up side-by-side with its utility …


Doug Clark: A friendly hello from your new Canadian overlords

Greetings, Yankee ratepayers! Welcome to our first installment of Ask Hydro One, formerly known as Ask Avista.


Avista deal largely defined by 2008 Puget Sound decision

Avista’s rates, charitable contributions and low-income assistance won’t change – at least not right away


UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Sale of Avista would require ‘net benefits’ to ratepayers, Washington regulators say

Things to know about the proposed Avista sale: Scott Morris’ stock is worth about $10 million under this deal. Avista’s sales price has caused a stir in Canada, where Hydro …


UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017, 9:01 a.m.

Avista sale latest in trend of Canadian utility acquisitions

Large Canadian power companies have been snapping up smaller American ones for several years, paying tens of billions of dollars to expand their geographic footprint in a country that offers …


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Local leaders offer optimism following Avista’s announced sale to Hydro One

City, county and state elected officials said Wednesday they were heartened by the utility’s public message following the announced sale that it would maintain its commitment to partnerships in and …


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 1:02 p.m.

Avista selling to Canadian firm Hydro One for $5.3 billion

Avista is being sold for $5.3 billion to a Canadian company called Hydro One, the companies announced Wednesday.


Portion of South Hill bluff trails to be closed during Avista powerline reconstruction

Portions of Spokane’s South Hill bluff trails will be temporarily closed this month as well as this fall during two Avista projects related to rebuilding the 70-year-old transmission line that …


UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017, 7:01 p.m.

Avista files request for two-year rate hike in North Idaho

Avista Utilities wants to raise rates for Idaho customers over the next two years. If approved by state regulators, household electric bills would rise by about $11 per month over …


Lake Spokane carp removal project wraps up gillnets for season

A total of 1,119 carp were removed from Lake Spokane during two weeks of gillnetting to hone techniques for reducing numbers of the bottom-feeding fish and improve water quality in …


UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017, 8:01 p.m.

Avista files 3-year plan for raising electric and natural gas rates

Avista is asking state regulators for permission to raise electric and natural gas rates for Washington customers over a three-year period, with the earliest rate hike beginning in September.


Removing carp from Lake Spokane mixes science, grunt work

Reducing the number of carp in Lake Spokane to improve water quality is not only rife with complications, it’s also ripe.


UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017, 4:54 p.m.

Spokane’s Steam Plant slated for $1.5 million in renovations this summer

The historic Steam Plant in downtown Spokane will undergo a $1.5 million renovation that will close Stack restaurant and the Steam Plant Brew Pub for part of the summer.


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 2:26 p.m.

Avista reports higher first quarter earnings on robust snowpack

The winter’s heavy snowpack gave a boost to Avista Corp.’s first quarter earnings, filling reservoirs with water for hydroelectric generation.


Private landowner sues bulldozer owner for scraping road into South Hill bluff

The owner of about 50 acres of forested land along High Drive Bluff is suing a contractor blamed for digging out dozens of trees and scraping a milelong road into …


Restore High Drive bluff, seek answers

Despite some calls to leave the road there, mitigation and restoration are the right moves. A beloved natural area was illegally mutilated. Use of the road could cause further damage.


UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 8:56 p.m.

Spokane City Council members call for restoration of damaged conservation land

The two Spokane City Council members who represent the South Side of Spokane are calling for a rapid restoration of logged and bulldozed park land near the Creek at Qualchan …


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Contractor mum on who approved illegal road bulldozed into South Hill bluff

The contractor who illegally bulldozed a road through the middle of forested park land on High Drive Bluff told Spokane city officials he was working for Avista Utilities but instead …


UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017, 11:09 p.m.

City, Avista, and golf organization apologize for misunderstanding that led to bulldozed mile-long road on South Hill bluff

A mistake has led to the bulldozing of dozens of trees and the scraping of a mile-long road into the South Hill bluff below Bernard Street this week.


Knowledge gained as power conserved

A volunteer group of Pullman Avista customers saw their power consumption decline by 9.3 percent after they were given high-tech thermostats.


UPDATED: Fri., April 7, 2017, 9:14 p.m.

High winds buffet Pacific Northwest, throwing thousands into the dark

Gusting winds buffeting the Pacific Northwest have led to one death in Oregon and downed trees and power lines from the Oregon Coast to Moscow, Idaho Friday afternoon.


The Dirt: Washington Trust Bank will build a new Manito branch

Washington Trust Bank will build a new Manito branch along Grand Boulevard on land scheduled this spring to be cleared of older structures. A restaurant also is planned on the …


Doug Clark: Avista profits can buy lots of Reddy Kilowatt accessories

Hello and welcome to another installment of Ask Avista, the only forum that lets Spokane area ratepayers get straight answers regarding their power company concerns. OK. So let’s get energized.


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 11:11 p.m.

Flooding emergency declared as Spokane River reaches near-record highs

As the Spokane River continues to rise until its eventual cresting sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning, residents in flood-prone areas are preparing for the worst.