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UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 6:28 p.m.

Extreme heat sizzles across the U.S. Southwest

Extreme heat sizzled across the U.S. Southwest again on Wednesday after ramping up electricity use so much in the Phoenix area that a major utility broke a record.


Utility bills will pay for Howard Street bridge construction in Riverfront Park

The city had originally intended to use utility dollars to replace the so-called “Blue Bridge” in Riverfront Park, but that replacement was determined not to be needed. Instead, green bond …


Avista’s Idaho customers could get slight break on winter heating bills

Avista’s Idaho customers could see about $6 in monthly savings on their heating bills this winter. The utility is proposing rate decreases, effective this fall.


Avista’s Idaho customers to get rate credits from tax reform

Avista’s Idaho customers could see about $7 in savings on their utility bills from federal tax reform. The utility has asked Idaho regulators to approve decreases in electric and natural …


Utility commission OKs new rate class for solar power users

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has signed off on a plan to move Idaho Power customers who generate their own solar electricity to a new rate class.


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 6:46 p.m.

Avista’s three-year rate plan denied by Washington regulators; small electric increase approved

Washington regulators shot down Avista’s request for three years of rate increases on Thursday. Instead, they approved a 2.7 percent increase in residential electric rates starting May 1. Natural gas …


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 3:54 p.m.

Deal approves $216 million for Idaho utility’s expenses

Idaho officials have approved an agreement allowing a utility company’s $216.5 million in relicensing expenses for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border.


Avista customers expected to reap savings on rates from federal tax reform

Avista customers could see a $50 million to $60 million benefit annually from federal tax reform, utility officials said Wednesday. Savings on individual customers’ bills won’t be known until later …


Utility regulators dismiss complaint over electric meters

State utility regulators are dismissing a complaint from a northern Idaho woman who claimed smart electric meters can be used for surveillance.


Utility customers could get breaks on electric, gas bills from federal tax reform

State regulators in Washington and Idaho are requiring investor-owned utilities to report anticipated savings from changes in the corporate tax rate. Any savings should be reflected in lower bills for …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 9:25 p.m.

Montana regulators ask utilities to account for tax cuts

Montana regulators want to make sure utility customers benefit from the recently passed tax overhaul that reduces corporate tax rates starting next year.


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.


Grant PUD update will take about a year

The process to determine the Grant County PUD’s response to a substantial increase in requests for new electrical service will take about a year, starting with six months to study …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 4:56 p.m.

Avista shareholders approve utility’s sale to Canadian utility Hydro One

With little fanfare, Avista Corp.’s shareholders approved the sale of the 128-year-old company to Hydro One Ltd. on Tuesday. The sale is expected to be final in August.


Meet Mayo Schmidt, the former Miami Dolphin who leads Hydro One, the Canadian utility that’s buying Avista

Avista Corp.’s shareholders vote next week on Hydro One’s proposed $5.3 billion purchase of the Spokane utility. Scott Morris, Avista’s chairman and CEO, said the company has found the right …


Who owns Avista? Home-grown utility owned by large, institutional investors

On Nov. 21, Avista shareholders will vote on whether to approve the company’s sale to Hydro One, an Ontario utility. Most of the ballots will be cast by large, institutional …


10 answers to pressing questions about the sale of Avista Corp. to Hydro One

The proposed sale of Avista Corp. to Hydro One for $5.3 billion would chart new territory for customers of the Spokane-based utility. Next week’s shareholder vote is a major milestone …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 4:41 p.m.

Avista rate credits proposed as part of Hydro One deal

If Avista Corp. is purchased by Canadian company Hydro One, customers of the Spokane-based utility will receive rate credits worth $31 million over the next decade.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 1:43 p.m.

Avista reports lower 3Q earnings, cites Hydro One merger costs

Acquisition costs related to Avista Corp.’s proposed purchase by Hydro One of Ontario led to lower third-quarter earnings for the Spokane-based utility.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 5:16 p.m.

Avista should get smaller rate increase, staff for Washington regulators say

Avista Utilities should be allowed to raise customers’ rates over the next three years, but by much smaller amounts than company officials proposed, Washington regulators’s staff members said Friday.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Utilities delayed effort to map power line risk to wildfires

Two days before the deadliest outbreak of wildfires in California history, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and other utilities won the latest in a long series of delays to map …


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.


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Utility rate increases of 2.9 percent through 2020 approved by unanimous City Council

The rate increases, which are tied to the city’s estimated 25-year average of inflation, will be used to continue funding improvements to Spokane’s water treatment facilities. They take effect Jan. …


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 …


City of Missoula takes ownership of water utility

The city of Missoula has taken ownership of the water utility that serves its residents after a three-year court battle.


Idaho officials approve utility’s plan to close coal plant

State officials have approved an Idaho utility company’s plan to close a coal-fired power plant in Nevada about 10 years sooner than planned and raise monthly bills for customers.


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.


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 …


Kootenai Electric gets $6 million grant to bury power lines

Kootenai Electric Cooperative will receive a $6 million federal grant to bury power lines in an effort to reduce power outages from powerful storms.