Stories tagged: utilities
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 …
Thu., June 22, 2017, 2:33 p.m.
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.
Wed., June 7, 2017, 1:05 p.m.
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 …
Mon., May 1, 2017, 2:33 p.m.
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.
Sun., April 9, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Competing visions of Monroe Street cause ‘road diet’ division to linger
City Hall will soon have to push forward with its plans to reduce lanes on Monroe Street to take advantage of pedestrian safety grant dollars. A group of business owners, …
UPDATED: Tue., 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: Tue., 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.
Wed., 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 …
Sat., 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 …
Mon., 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, …
Sat., 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
Mon., 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.
Tue., 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.
Wed., 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.
Thu., Aug. 18, 2016, 10:29 a.m.
Avista should ask for smaller rate increases in 2017, commission staff says
Wed., 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.
Wed., 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.
Sun., 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 …
Sun., 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 …
Thu., 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.
Wed., 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 …
Sat., 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 …
Sat., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Thu., 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 …
Sun., 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 …