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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 …


Update of power grid in Inland Northwest has begun

With the push of a button on their smartphones, Inland Northwest residents will soon have a way to adjust their thermostats and their electric bills. In Pullman, a $38 million …


Avista seeking increase in rates

Avista Corp. is seeking to charge its Washington customers more next year to offset the higher cost of delivering power and natural gas in Eastern Washington. It’s a trend that …


Hanford N Reactor guard tower pulled down

RICHLAND — The historic Hanford guard tower that stood above the Columbia River for a half-century has been pulled to the ground.


Avista wants to decrease Idaho electric rates

Avista Utilities has asked Idaho regulators to lower the bills of electric customers in that state as part of an annual “power cost adjustment” process.


Wind energy innovations use new shapes, places for turbines

LOS ANGELES – Wind turbines are getting really big – some with blades as long as a football field – and more powerful, often generating 50 times more electricity than …


Clark: A jovial spin on Avista’s request for rate hikes

Hi everybody. It’s me – Dougie Kilowatt. Avista Utilities has hired me to be its new power company mascot.


Avista requests gas, electrical rate hikes in Washington

Avista Corp. is requesting rate increases for its electricity and natural gas customers in Washington, the company announced today. Avista is asking regulators to approve a 9.3 percent rate increase …


Caldwell: Bonneville power plan creates buzz in industry

Moan as we might, and do, about the windy, wet spring weather, our troubles are small compared with those facing the Bonneville Power Administration. Last June, an unexpected confluence of …


Do Your Part: Use electricity wisely, lessen unsafe waste

Spring is almost in the air – but that’s not all, unfortunately. Mercury and a whole host of other hazardous pollutants are present, too. One of the best ways to …


BPA shrinks hike request

The Bonneville Power Administration is tempering its request for higher electric rates next year. BPA officials had considered asking for a 12 to 20 percent rate hike, but opted instead …


Apartment dwellers can be eco-friendly too

So you’re a renter and you want to green your space, but your landlord won’t splurge on solar panels. Don’t fret. There are plenty of low-cost ways for apartment dwellers …


Biofuel project in Spokane County wins $90,000 grant

A Spokane County company has been awarded a $90,000 grant to continue developing a process that converts bluegrass straw into biofuels. Farm Power, based in Rockford, will use the U.S. …


Dust on power line leaves 15,000 in dark

Dust collecting on a major transmission line combined with light rain Tuesday night to trigger a power outage affecting 15,000 Avista customers.


Avista rates could increase in Idaho by Oct. 1

Avista’s Idaho customers could see a 6.6 percent hike in their electric bills by Oct. 1, along with a corresponding 1.9 percent hike in natural gas rates.


Biomass challenge

KETTLE FALLS, Wash. – Roaring furnaces unleash the energy of wood at Avista Corp.’s Kettle Falls generating station. Chips and bark become white-hot ash as temperatures soar to 2,500 degrees …


Avista requests increase in gas, electricity rates, cites needed upgrades

Avista Utilities is seeking to raise the price of electricity and natural gas for its customers in both Washington and Idaho. The requested rate hike would add $10.62 to the …


System upgrades behind rate-hike requests, Avista says

Avista is seeking to raise the price of electricity and natural gas through a series of rate filings. For the average Avista ratepayer in Eastern Washington, the request amounts to …


Avista to lead Pullman power grid project

Avista Corp. will lead a $38 million “smart-grid” demonstration project in Pullman that will upgrade the electric distribution system to the city of 27,600 people.


Editorial: Smart grid offers leap forward on power usage

Once, when an appliance store ran low on waffle irons, the manager would order several more to avoid running out. Sooner or later, however, consumer preferences would change and the …


Electricity restored in north Spokane

About 1,400 homes in north Spokane were without power for about an hour this morning, according to Avista Utilities.


‘Smart grid’ to get test

PORTLAND – Researchers across the Northwest have demonstrated that new technology can help manage electricity use. Now they’re betting they’ll get the same results with new experiments and show the …


Northwest power panel calls for conservation

A panel that sets policy for the Bonneville Power Administration says the Pacific Northwest can rely on conservation to meet most of the new demand for electricity over the next …


Broken transmission tower causes outage

A broken electrical transmission tower was blamed for a loss of power this morning to 6,600 Avista Utilities customers in north central Spokane.


Our View: Electricity grid needs smart-technology upgrades

Though it gets scant attention, one part of the infrastructure is perhaps the most important. Those plugged into the future know its power and potential, which they discussed at a …


Avista rate cut was cold comfort

The last few months have been a roller-coaster ride for most Avista customers, but watching our heating bills reach new heights has been anything but fun. Although Avista teased us …


Big Power Surge Damages Appliances In Six Valley Homes

A power surge late Friday blew out lights, sent sparks flying and caused several thousand dollars worth of damage inside six south Spokane Valley homes. Damage at the houses in …


Interest Generated In Electric Vehicles Homemade Contraptions Participate In Two-Day Fair

For a dizzying hour, a handful of racers here hummed around a makeshift track in electric go-carts. The drivers of the homemade contraptions were not competing for speed, but to …