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UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018, 4:55 p.m.

Avista cut power to much of downtown Spokane for 10 minutes due to trespasser

Spokane police announced on social media late Monday morning that most of downtown would lose power for about 10 minutes.


California aims to get all electricity from clean sources

California has set a goal of phasing out fossil fuels from the state’s electricity sector by 2045 under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.


Bitcoin backlash as ‘miners’ suck up electricity, stress power grids in Central Washington

Bargain electric rates are attracting digital currency entrepreneurs, but three public utilities districts are reassessing how they deal with the surging demand, and whether they should even try to keep …


Ask The Builder: Replacing three-way switch easy as 1, 2, 3

Water on brick, cement can result in salt and mineral discoloration.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

6,000 without power as winter storm hits Northeastern Washington and North Idaho

More than 6,000 electricity customers woke up Wednesday morning to no power as a winter stormed blanketed much of the Inland Northwest.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 25, 2017, 8:20 p.m.

Dark, desperate life without power in Puerto Rico

MOROVIS, Puerto Rico – Three days before Christmas, Doris Martinez and daughter Miriam Narvaez joined their neighbors in a line outside city hall in Morovis, a town of 30,000 people …


Kalispel Tribe launches electric utility to serve Northern Quest complex in Airway Heights

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians has created its own electric utility to serve its expanding casino-hotel complex in Airway Heights.


Idaho National Laboratory upgrades power grid testing area

Idaho National Laboratory’s electric grid testing area underwent recent upgrades to its infrastructure, allowing researchers to conduct full-scale experiments with new technology aimed at modernizing power systems.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

Two months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico struggles to regain electricity and thousands flee the island

The lights remain off in bustling cities and in small rural villages. Gas generators, the only alternative to the downed power lines that seem to be everywhere, continuously hum outside …


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 …


Puerto Rico still stumbles in the dark a month after ‘Maria’

This is life one month after Hurricane Maria slammed into the U.S. territory on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm that killed at least 48 people, destroyed tens of …


Could cyberattacks knock out lights in the U.S.? Not so easily

Hackers likely linked to the North Korean government targeted a U.S. electricity company last month, according to a security firm that says it detected and stopped the attacks.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 2:05 p.m.

23,000 Avista customers lose power in Spokane Tuesday morning

Avista Utilities said equipment problems led to about 23,000 customers losing power just before 9 a.m. Tuesday on the South Hill and in the East Central neighborhood in Spokane. The …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 2:58 p.m.

Dam failing as scope of Puerto Rico disaster becomes clear

Puerto Rican officials rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam and said they could not reach more than half the towns in the U.S. …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 9:54 p.m.

Powerless: Puerto Rico faces weeks without electricity

A day after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, flooding towns, crushing homes and killing at least two people, millions of people on the island faced the dispiriting prospect of weeks …


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.


Big effort underway to restore North Carolina islands’ power

Crews are taking two approaches to restore power to two North Carolina Outer Banks islands.


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 9:01 p.m.

Congress unnerved by energy grid cyberattacks

For months, Sen. Maria Cantwell has been warning in letters to the Trump administration and colleagues that Congress needs to do more to keep the nation’s energy supply safe from …


Renewable sources of electricity outpace nuclear plants

For the first time in decades, the United States got more electricity from renewable sources than nuclear power in March and April.


Egypt raises electricity prices by more than 40 percent

Egypt on Thursday raised electricity prices by more than 40 percent, its latest move on the road to lifting all subsidies and complying with demands by the International Monetary Fund …


Democratic senators urge President Trump to study Russia’s capability to hack power grid

On Thursday, 19 Democratic senators sent President Donald Trump a letter urging him to direct the Energy Department to conduct an analysis of Russia’s capability to hack into and disrupt …


UPDATED: Mon., June 12, 2017, 10:39 a.m.

Researchers: We’ve discovered power-grid-wrecking software

Researchers have discovered a troubling breed of power grid-wrecking software, saying in a report published Monday that the program was very likely responsible for a brief blackout in Ukraine late …


Portland utility suspends effort on new natural gas plants

Portland General Electric has suspended its effort to get permits for two new natural gas-fired power plants in eastern Oregon.


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.


Utility agreement would allow Microsoft to buy own power

Microsoft has struck a deal with Washington state’s largest energy utility allowing the software giant to buy its own power on the open market.


Flying drones that generate power from wind get backing from EON

Technology that uses flying drones to generate electricity from the wind is getting a boost from the Germany utility EON SE, which is backing a test project that may show …


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.


BLM approves final routes for Gateway West transmission line

The Bureau of Land Management has authorized the final routes connecting the high-voltage Gateway West transmission line project between southwestern Idaho and central Wyoming.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 8:14 p.m.

Global firm buys Liberty Lake energy storage company

A Liberty Lake company that makes energy storage systems for office buildings and other large electricity consumers has been acquired by Enel, a global energy giant based in Rome.


U.S. electricity grid faces a changing threat environment, report warns

At a time of heightened focus on U.S. cybersecurity risks, the Energy Department released a comprehensive report on the nation’s rapidly changing electrical grid Friday that calls for new action …