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  • 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 …


  • Avista rate hike request slashed

    A software coding error caused Avista Corp. to overestimate its power supply costs in the utility’s recent request to raise rates in Washington, company officials said Monday. The coding error …


  • Software error caused Avista to overestimate rate request

    A software coding error caused Avista Corp. to overestimate its power supply costs in the utility’s latest Washington rate case, company officials said today. The coding error inflated future power …


  • 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 …


  • Natural gas rates rising this winter

    More than 1.2 million natural gas customers in Washington will pay more for fuel beginning Saturday as a result of higher wholesale natural gas costs and colder than average temperatures …


  • Avista replacing brittle natural gas lines

    More than 350 miles of brittle, accident-prone natural gas lines run under the Inland Northwest. Shorter sections of the pipe made from the same material join the steel mainline of …


  • Avista requests slight rate changes

    Avista Utilities is asking for a slight decrease in electric rates and a slight increase in natural gas rates for its Washington customers, citing changing power costs. The Spokane-based utility …


  • Avista proposes rate increase and decrease

    Avista Utilities is asking for a slight decrease in electric rates and a slight increase in natural gas rates for its Washington customers, citing changing power costs.


  • No pot allowed on buses, state commission says

    The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission on Thursday issued a notice telling charter and excursion bus operators that it’s illegal to allow marijuana consumption on board.


  • CenturyLink to pay $30K in fines for billing errors

    CenturyLink will pay $31,300 after an investigation revealed it did not bill customers appropriately based on location and income dating back to 2010.


  • Lake Chelan ferry service appeal won’t be heard by Supreme Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court won’t get involved in a long-running dispute about adding ferry service on Lake Chelan. The court refused this week to hear the appeal of James and …


  • Avista natural gas customers’ bills to rise

    Avista’s natural gas customers will pay 9.4 percent more for heat this winter as a result of higher wholesale prices. The new rates take hold Friday for about 150,000 customers …


  • CenturyLink may set own landline rates

    OLYMPIA – If you want the surest sign that the telephone hanging on your wall or resting on your desk is on the way out, this may be it: Washington …


  • Washington rules phone books not necessary

    OLYMPIA – Someday soon, small children could have trouble reaching the dining room table. Doors will blow shut with the breeze. Well-muscled men will search in vain for something to …


  • Gas buying strategy scrutinized

    The Washington attorney general’s office is pushing for more regulatory review of natural gas purchases by Avista and other utilities, saying hedging strategies are costing ratepayers. The Public Counsel Division …


  • Avista CEO’s pay hits $3.5 million

    Avista Corp. CEO Scott Morris’ total compensation increased by $250,000 last year, to $3.5 million, due in large part to the company’s improved financial performance, Avista said in a detailed …


  • Settlement reduces Avista rate increase

    Avista Corp. announced a multiple-party settlement Friday that could cut the amount of its proposed electric and gas rate hikes for Washington customers. Meanwhile, the Spokane-based utility has reached an …


  • Avista customers feel shock over yearly rate-hike requests

    Shari Hicks recently sent a poignant email to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. “Why, at a time when everyone else is having to make do with what’s available, are …


  • As rates rise, so does workers’ pay

    Wages for Avista Corp.’s rank-and-file workers grew by an average of 2.5 to 3 percent this year. The workers also collected about $8.4 million in bonuses through a program that …


  • Avista gas bills in Washington decreasing

    Avista’s natural gas customers in Washington will see a slight decrease in their natural gas bills starting today as a result of changes to energy efficiency rebate and conservation funding. …


  • Avista seeks rate hikes

    Avista Utilities is again asking Washington regulators for permission to raise rates. The utility’s request, filed Monday, asks for a 9.3 percent jump in electrical service rates and a 5.1 …


  • Accord reached in Odessa explosion

    Avista Corp. filed a settlement agreement Friday with Washington state regulators that would, if approved, resolve all issues stemming from a December 2008 natural gas explosion and fire that injured …


  • Avista fined over energy assistance

    State regulators fined Avista Corp. more than $60,000 for improper handling of customer accounts. Most of the violations were related to errors in how energy-assistance dollars were credited to low-income …

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