Stories tagged: Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 7:14 p.m.
Proposed Avista sale to Hydro One prompts tough questions from regulators after Canadian utility’s management shakeup.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 11:50 a.m.
Avista sale includes protections against Canadian government influence and rate hikes, consultant says
Avista Corp.’s proposed sale to Hydro One Ltd. has safeguards to protect local customers from Canadian government interference and rate hikes if Toronto-based utility runs into future financial troubles, says …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:27 p.m.
Rob Chase doesn’t want Avista Corp. to sell to a Canadian utility, and the Spokane County commissioner candidate says he’s deploying a little-known part of federal laws to try to …
Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 5:38 p.m.
Avista’s Washington customers could see about $10 in savings each month on their combined electric and natural gas bills under a proposed rate reduction.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 2:31 p.m.
Hydro One Ltd. has installed a new board of directors in the aftermath of a political shake-up that jolted the utility’s efforts to acquire Avista Corp. The Canadian utility wants …
Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 4:55 p.m.
Avista Corp.’s 2016 rates for electricity and natural gas may need to be recalculated, following a successful court challenge.
UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 6:16 p.m.
Washington regulators have extended a deadline to Dec. 14 for deciding whether Avista’s sale to Hydro One Ltd. would benefit customers.
UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 7:04 a.m.
Deliberations over the sale of Avista are heading into the final stretches, prompting utility customers who are opposed to speak up. Concerns about foreign ownership and future rates figure prominently …
UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 5:45 p.m.
Washington’s electric and gas utilities must provide an opt out for customers who don’t want “smart meters” installed at their homes.
UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 2:31 p.m.
Washington regulators seek answers on foreign ownership, influence of Ontario politics on Avista’s future
Questions about foreign ownership and political influence were aired Tuesday during a regulatory hearing in Olympia on Avista’s proposed sale to the Canadian utility.
UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 5:22 p.m.
Avista Corp. and Washington’s other investor-owned utilities should reconsider their reliance on coal-fired electricity, state regulators say.
UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 6:46 p.m.
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: Mon., April 23, 2018, 7:41 p.m.
Avista customers told the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission on Monday they’re happy with their local electric and natural gas utility, and see little benefit from the company’s $5.3 billion …
Sun., April 22, 2018, 7 a.m.
A public hearing on Avista Corp.’s $5.3 billion sale to Hydro One Ltd. takes place Monday afternoon in the Spokane Valley City Council chambers.
UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 11:32 a.m.
The sale of Avista Corp. to a Canadian utility cleared a major hurdle Tuesday, when the parties outlined conditions in a proposed agreement with Washington regulators.
Sat., Feb. 3, 2018
Before the Avista sale to Hydro One, a Canadian company, is approved, several questions should be answered for us, the ratepayers, and the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 4:11 p.m.
Avista customers will pay less for natural gas this winter as a result of lower wholesale prices.
Fri., Jan. 19, 2018
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: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 4:41 p.m.
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: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 11:48 a.m.
State regulators have turned down Avista Corp.’s request to collect $15 million in additional electric revenue from Washington customers.
Sun., July 23, 2017
Avista’s rates, charitable contributions and low-income assistance won’t change – at least not right away
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 4:51 p.m.
Avista has lost another round in its latest attempt to raise electric and natural gas rates. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, which previously rejected the utility’s proposed increases, on …
Thu., Jan. 5, 2017, 11:40 a.m.
Spokane native Phil Jones will not seek a third term on Washington’s Utilities and Transportation Commission, which oversees the state’s regulated utilities, including Avista Corp.
Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 3:19 p.m.
Avista customers won’t pay more for electricity or natural gas in 2017. The Washington Utilities Commission rejected the Spokane-based utility’s request for higher rates, saying the company failed to show …
Fri., May 13, 2016, 7:09 p.m.
If an oil train derailed in Washington and dumped most of its cargo, cleanup costs could exceed $775 million, according to documents BNSF Railway Co. provided to the state.
Mon., March 28, 2016, 4:24 p.m.
When energy customers have been undercharged because of company errors, utilities can only collect six months of retroactive payments. The new rules were adopted Monday by the state Utilities and …
Fri., March 18, 2016, 5:45 p.m.
Avista Utilities’ latest rate case is being challenged by the Washington Attorney General’s Office, which says electric customers are paying too much and the utility’s shareholders are reaping “a windfall.”
Fri., March 4, 2016, 5:44 p.m.
Avista Utilities is proposing to eliminate a $3.50 transaction charge on debit and credit card payments, which cumulatively cost residential customers hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
Mon., Feb. 22, 2016, 3:43 p.m.
State regulators have fined CenturyLink $2.85 million for a statewide 911 outage in April 2014.
Fri., Feb. 19, 2016, 5:15 p.m.
Railroads that ship crude oil through Washington will soon begin reporting information about their financial ability to pay for cleanup costs in the event of a spill or derailment.