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Richland nuclear plant reconnects to the grid

Energy Northwest reconnected its 1,190-megawatt Columbia Generating Station to the Northwest Power grid late Saturday night, five days after an equipment malfunction caused an unplanned shutdown.


Canada to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030

Canada is announcing a plan to phase out the use of coal-fired electricity by 2030.


Montana power storage project gets positive review from feds

A central Montana power storage project that would act as a giant battery to supplement electricity from wind turbines and other sources has received a favorable review from federal regulators.


100 years ago in Spokane: Newspaper predicts Spokane will be center of the great electrified railroad system

From our archive, 100 years ago The Spokane Daily Chronicle was dreaming of a new, powerful future for Spokane as the center of a great electrified railroad system.


100 years ago in Spokane: Californian convention attendees frown on Washington’s booze ban

From our archives, 100 years ago The Pacific Coast Advertising Men’s Association was holding its convention in Spokane, and some ad men from California showed exactly how they felt about …


Avista seeks Idaho electric rate increase

Avista Utilities wants to raise electric rates for Idaho customers, citing ongoing costs for upgrades to its system.


100 years ago in Spokane: Former Harrington mayor died from tick bite

From our archives, 100 years ago


Montana snowstorm cuts power to tens of thousands

A spring storm swept through Montana, dumping up to 20 inches of snow in the mountains and knocking out power to tens of thousands of people across the state, officials …


Fire kills 3 Gaza kids, sparks accusations over power crisis

Three Palestinian children have died in a Gaza house fire started by a candle, sparking internal finger-pointing over the coastal territory’s lingering power crisis.


100 years ago in Spokane: Crowds line Monroe Street Bridge to see illuminated falls

From our archives, 100 years ago Crowds lined both rails of the Monroe Street Bridge to see a new and exciting spectacle: The electrical illumination of the Spokane River waterfalls.


Avista seeking rate hikes for Washington customers in 2017 and 2018

Avista is asking for permission to raise electric and natural gas rates for its Washington customers beginning in 2017, citing rising capital costs, which include a portion of the repairs …


Massive generators kept hospitals going during last year’s windstorm

Massive generators kept the region’s largest hospital operating for nearly 17 hours after last year’s windstorm.


Power outages, road issues plague some in Inland Northwest on Christmas

Thousands of customers remain without power Friday morning as utilities work through the holiday to restore electricity in areas with heavy snow on lines. State Route 206 to Mount Spokane …


Power restored to about 2,200 Avista customers

About 2,200 Avista Utilities customers are without power this afternoon in southeast Spokane.


Families struggle without power heading into third night

With around 100,000 people powerless for the third straight night, the struggle to stay warm intensified as temperatures plummeted.


Michael Senske: Energy investment will keep region attractive to business

Access to affordable energy drives many business decisions. Whether you operate an advanced manufacturing plant, a health care facility, a large office complex or a biotech company, energy represents a …


Notice of power shutoffs no longer a job for utility staff in Idaho

Idaho residents who are about to get their power shut off for delinquent payments no longer have to be notified by a utility employee knocking on their door. The state’s …


Homeowners ‘back-billed’ $3K due to utility’s faulty equipment

“You may have noticed that your Vera bill has been lower recently or over the past several years,” read a letter sent to Jeff and Diane Kipp last month from …


Avista requests slight rate changes

Avista Utilities is asking for a slight decrease in electric rates and a slight increase in natural gas rates for its Washington customers, citing changing power costs. The Spokane-based utility …


Avista proposes rate increase and decrease

Avista Utilities is asking for a slight decrease in electric rates and a slight increase in natural gas rates for its Washington customers, citing changing power costs.


Avista progress slowed by fallen trees, broken poles

Avista Utilities is struggling to return power to the last of the 1,700 customers without electricity in north Spokane and Deer Park.


Avista reaches deal on Idaho rates

Avista Utilities has reached a settlement to keep its base rates for Idaho customers unchanged through the end of 2015. The settlement, which still requires approval by the Idaho Public …


The Rock Doc: Kitchen stoves offer a lesson in carbon control

My elderly aunt recently came into some money. She decided – very generously – to send part of it to each of her nieces and nephews. This gave me the …


Avista requests increase in power, gas rates

It’s not news utility customers ever like to hear, especially not on one of the coldest days of the year. Yet Avista Corp. said Tuesday it wants to raise power …


Clark: Answers at the Reddy on latest from Avista

Hello and welcome to another installment of Ask Reddy Kilowatt. The iconic former power company mascot, with his red lightning-bolt body and light bulb nose, has agreed to come back …


Avista absorbs hit as generator fails

A generator failure at a Montana coal plant will force Avista Corp. to buy about $12 million worth of replacement electricity this year. The Spokane-based utility owns a 15 percent …


Montana generator failure will send Avista shopping for electricity

A generator failure at a Montana coal plant will force Avista Corp. to buy about $12 million worth of replacement electricity this year.


Avista eyes small electric rate increase

Avista’s Washington customers could see a small hike in their electric rates on Aug. 1, as a result of a proposed change in a surcharge that funds energy efficiency rebates …


Idaho PUC staff supports Avista’s proposal to hike rates

Avista Corp. would raise electricity and natural gas rates this year in Idaho under a new agreement under consideration by utility regulators. The company utility has 123,000 electricity and 75,000 …


Avista rates to rise next week

Avista Corp. will raise electric and gas rates in Washington in the new year and again in 2014 under an agreement with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. Following months …