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UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 6:11 p.m.

Itron acquires Georgia-based energy services company in $100 million cash deal

Liberty Lake-based Itron Inc. has acquired a privately held company that provides software, hardware and services to electric utilities implementing demand response and energy efficiency programs. The cash transaction is …


Avista spent $10 million on Idaho energy efficiency programs

Avista Utilities spent nearly $10 million on energy efficiency programs in Idaho during 2014 and 2015, spending that reduced overall demand for electricity and ultimately saved customers money by delaying …


How energy-efficient upgrades can increase your home’s value

Energy-efficient upgrades can not only shrink your utility bill; they can increase the value of your home. Homebuyers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of energy-efficient homes. In fact, …


Solar-powered pilots’ globe-circling flight arrives in NYC

The pilots of a solar-powered airplane on a globe-circling voyage that began more than a year ago said their flight over the Statue of Liberty inspired them on their mission …


Avista asks to restart conservation upgrade rebates in Idaho

Avista Utilities wants to resurrect a program that gives Idaho customers rebates for upgrading to high-efficiency natural gas furnaces and other energy conservation projects.


Avista’s aging headquarters gets energy-efficiency update

Even Avista watches its power bills. When the heating-and-cooling system at the Spokane utility’s corporate headquarters passed the half-century mark a few years ago, officials decided it was time for …


If Christmas brings new devices to plug in, here are tips to save energy

Many of the gifts unwrapped this Christmas will be electronics. Laptops, cellphones, tablets and game consoles have transformed how we work and play, and they’ve changed our electrical use, too, …


Avista’s light-bulb mailing going ‘seamlessly’

In a West Plains warehouse, Danny Megow attaches labels to Priority Mail packages headed to Davenport, Clarkston and Orofino. He’s part of the work crew at Mailstream USA, a contract …


Do Your Part: Be cool this summer; don’t waste energy

Depending on where you live, cooling your home accounts for as much as 50 percent of the money you spend each month on utilities. There are many ways to keep …


Avista gas bills in Washington decreasing

Avista’s natural gas customers in Washington will see a slight decrease in their natural gas bills starting today as a result of changes to energy efficiency rebate and conservation funding. …


Do Your Part: New, greener machine, but not one I expected

These ever-rising gas prices got me to really take a cold, hard look at the car I’ve been driving for years. It’s an SUV, and it gets 15 mpg in …


Phase-out of incandescents means plenty of decisions

All the buzz lately is about the looming phase-out of the incandescent light bulb that was invented more than 100 years ago. It’s a bulb so inefficient that most of …


Murray feels conservation efforts could work across country

Energy conservation efforts by local governments and businesses could be an example for cities across the United States, Sen. Patty Murray said after a Wednesday briefing. Officials convened by Spokane …


Do Your Part: Don’t let money fly out the window

With all that we spent over the holidays on presents, parties and everything else, who really can afford to let money fly right out the window this time of year? …


Avista engineer says flat-screen TVs can affect electric bill

At 55, Tom Lienhard is old enough to remember his family’s first color-picture TV. New technology in TV screens is as revolutionary as the switch from black-and-white to color, says …


Avista gears audits toward plugged-in college students

The dresser in Kelsie Marick’s dorm room is crowded with gadgets. It holds two electric hair straighteners, a blow dryer, a flat-screen TV and an iPod dock. Marick, a Gonzaga …


New Washington building energy standards delayed

Washington state’s new energy efficiency building standards were set to begin July 1 but have been delayed by three months, possibly longer.


Alaska Airlines testing ‘optimized’ landings

SEATAC– Long after dark one night last week when few planes were in the air, an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 descended toward Seattle-Tacoma International Airport its engines at idle power. …


Avista promoting natural gas

Beulah Townsend keeps her apartment at a comfortable 71 degrees, and still pays less than $34 per month for utilities. “I like the double-pane windows,” said Townsend, a retired travel …