Stories tagged: utilities
UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 8:38 A.M.
Avista seeks proposals for a second solar energy project
Avista Corp. is considering a second solar project to meet customer demand for renewable energy.
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2017, 7:27 P.M.
Itron reports 2016 performance, announces stock buyback
Liberty Lake-based Itron, Inc. made a profit of nearly $32 million in 2016, the company said Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 12:43 P.M.
Environmental group appeals SW Idaho power line approval
An environmental group has filed an appeal seeking to stop the construction of two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho. Western Watersheds Project filed the appeal late last week with …
SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2016, 3:45 P.M.
U.S. states, leery of Russia malware, re-examine cybersecurity
Several states around the country on Saturday asked cybersecurity experts to re-examine state and utility networks after a Vermont utility’s laptop was found to contain malware that U.S. officials say …
MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2016, 1:08 P.M.
Avista ready to appeal rejection of higher rates for electricity and natural gas
Avista Utilities will ask state regulators to reconsider last week’s decision to deny the company’s request for higher rates in 2017, and will take its appeal to court, if necessary, …
SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2016
Congress can still craft carbon plan
Congress still could pass a simple carbon tax, which would offer the cheapest route to greening the economy
MONDAY, SEPT. 19, 2016, 5:30 A.M.
Mayor David Condon’s 2017 budget calls for 16 percent increase in spending and shift of police resources to property crimes
Spokane has the highest property-crime rate among Washington’s largest cities, a problem Mayor David Condon wants to address by moving police from patrol and traffic to investigations.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2016, 5 A.M.
Nine Mile upgrade part of Avista’s plan to keep dams humming
Avista just spent $77 million on new generating units for Nine Mile Dam. Big capital projects are driving the utility’s request for higher rates next year, Avista officials said.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2016, 5:31 P.M.
Avista seeking rate changes for Washington customers, effective Nov. 1
Avista’s Washington customers could see changes in their gas and electric bills starting Nov. 1, based partly on fluctuations in wholesale power costs.
THURSDAY, AUG. 18, 2016, 10:29 A.M.
Avista should ask for smaller rate increases in 2017, commission staff says
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2016, 7:49 A.M.
Colder winter, higher gas rates help boost Avista 2016 earnings
A colder winter and higher natural gas rates have helped boost Avista Corp.’s earnings this year, the utility reported today.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016, 12:19 P.M.
Cool winter boosts Avista’s earnings
A cooler winter helped boost Avista Corp.’s first quarter earnings, company officials said Wednesday.
SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015
Avista explains need for another rate increase
Wendi Dunlap lives in a house in Hillyard with an old furnace. Last winter, the social worker qualified for energy assistance to help pay her Avista bill. Many Spokane families …
SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2015
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 …
THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2015
Avista’s 2014 earnings up 73 percent
Last year was a busy one for Avista Corp. The Spokane-based utility celebrated its 125th anniversary, bought an electric utility in Alaska and sold off a subsidiary.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2015, 9:07 A.M.
Avista reports higher 2014 earnings
Last year was a busy one for Avista Corp. The Spokane-based utility celebrated its 125th anniversary, bought an electric utility in Alaska and sold off a subsidiary. Those transactions are …
SATURDAY, OCT. 25, 2014
Spokane County drafting solid waste disposal ordinance
A 25-year contract between the city and county for disposal of solid waste will end next month, and Spokane County will take the reins operating two disposal sites in Spokane …
SATURDAY, OCT. 18, 2014
Avista sees range of job openings over next five to 10 years
When Josh Burnside got laid off from a sawmill job, he used retraining money to attend electrical lineworker school. Now, the 30-year-old is a journeyman lineworker, teaching others the trade …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014
Attorney general’s office urges lower Avista electric rates
Avista Utilities should lower base rates for its Washington electric customers instead of trying to collect more money, the state attorney general’s office said this month. The office, which described …
THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014, 9:31 A.M.
Harley-Davidson introduces electric motorcycle
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson will unveil its first electric motorcycle next week, and President Matt Levatich said he expects the company known for its big touring bikes and iconic brand …
SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014
Proposal would ease downtown utility bill disparity
Developer Ron Wells has a waiting list of nearly 200 people wanting affordable apartments in downtown Spokane. “There’s another 50 to 60 that couldn’t wait around and had to find …
SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014, 3:11 A.M.
Obama makes public health pitch for carbon rules
WASHINGTON (AP) — As governors, businesses and environmentalists brace for new limits on power plant pollution, President Barack Obama is casting his unprecedented effort to curb greenhouse gases as essential …
FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014
Avista finds buyer for Ecova energy management subsidiary
Avista Corp. has found a buyer for its subsidiary Ecova, which provides management services for energy use, expenses and data to Fortune 500 companies and other firms. The Spokane-based utility …
FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014, 10:37 A.M.
At Wal-Mart, Obama touts steps on solar power
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Calling it the right thing to do for America’s bottom line, President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday by companies, local governments and his own administration …
SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2014, 3:31 A.M.
Toilet tech fair tackles global sanitation woes
NEW DELHI (AP) — Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone or create charcoal to combat climate change? These are lofty ambitions beyond …
SUNDAY, FEB. 23, 2014
Coal quandary: Avista uses cheap power, but Inslee wary
COLSTRIP, Mont. – On Montana’s eastern plains, there’s a town that was built to burn coal and produce electricity for the Northwest’s largest cities. Smokestacks loom over Colstrip, a company …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5, 2014
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 …
SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2013
Avista to spend $5 million to replace gas pipes
Avista Utilities will spend $5 million this year to replace about 60 miles of natural gas line in Spokane and Lincoln counties that’s vulnerable to cracking. The older, polyethylene pipe …
TUESDAY, NOV. 5, 2013
Avista strikes deal to acquire electric utility in Alaska
Avista Corp. is moving into the Alaska market through the planned purchase of an electric utility serving the Juneau area. In a deal announced Monday, Avista will acquire Alaska Electric …
TUESDAY, OCT. 29, 2013
U.S. utilities say Columbia River Treaty payments to Canada are excessive
Under terms of a treaty negotiated 50 years ago, the United States sends $250 million to $350 million worth of electricity from Columbia River dams to British Columbia each year. …