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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:27 p.m.

Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase trying to block Avista’s sale

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 …


Avista proposes lower electric and natural gas rates in Washington starting Nov. 1

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 appoints new board, wants review of Avista purchase to restart

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 …


Methodology for setting 2016 Avista rates was flawed, court finds

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 delay decision on Avista sale

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.

Opponents worry about Canadian influence on Avista as regulators consider sale

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 utilities must provide smart meter opt outs for residential customers

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 needs more detail on Colstrip, carbon costs in its energy plan, regulators say

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.

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: Mon., April 23, 2018, 7:41 p.m.

Washington regulators hear from skeptical crowd at hearing on Avista’s sale to Canadian utility

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 …


Avista’s proposed sale to Hydro One subject of Monday hearing in Spokane Valley

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.

Washington regulators receive proposed terms for Avista’s sale to Canadian utility

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.


Don Brockett: Proposed Avista sale raises important questions

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.

Rate reduction for Avista’s natural gas customers takes effect

Avista customers will pay less for natural gas this winter as a result of lower wholesale prices.


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: 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: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 11:48 a.m.

Regulators say ‘no’ to Avista’s request for higher electric rates in Washington

State regulators have turned down Avista Corp.’s request to collect $15 million in additional electric revenue from Washington customers.


Avista deal largely defined by 2008 Puget Sound decision

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 loses bid to have 2016 rate hikes reconsidered by state regulators

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 …


Spokane native Phil Jones will not seek third term on state utilities commission

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.


Avista denied Washington rate hike for 2017

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 …


Railroads say worst-case oil spill in Washington could cost $775 million

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.


State regulators set limits on retroactive billing by utilities

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 …


Avista’s electric rates too high, AG says

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.”


Avista could end $3.50 fee for paying bill using plastic

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.


Regulators fine CenturyLink $2.85 million for 911 outage

State regulators have fined CenturyLink $2.85 million for a statewide 911 outage in April 2014.


New state rule requires railroads to prove ability to pay for spills

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.


Avista electric rates too high, say two state agencies

Instead of asking for higher rates, Avista Corp. should give its Washington customers a slight break on their electric bills, say staff members at two state regulatory agencies. The Washington …


Avista trying new way to adjust for fixed costs

Mild winters used to put a dent in Avista Corp.’s profits. With customers using less power to heat their homes and businesses, the utility’s revenues lagged. New billing practices are …