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Clark: Answers at the Reddy on latest from Avista

Hello and welcome to another installment of Ask Reddy Kilowatt. The iconic former power company mascot, with his red lightning-bolt body and light bulb nose, has agreed to come back and answer more of your burning questions about Avista’s latest attempt to put all of us in the poorhouse.

Avista absorbs hit as generator fails

A generator failure at a Montana coal plant will force Avista Corp. to buy about $12 million worth of replacement electricity this year. The Spokane-based utility owns a 15 percent interest in two units at the Colstrip generating plant located east of Billings. One of the units’ generators broke down July 1, and repairs could take six months to complete, said Thomas Dempsey, Avista’s manager of generation and joint projects.

Avista eyes small electric rate increase

Avista’s Washington customers could see a small hike in their electric rates on Aug. 1, as a result of a proposed change in a surcharge that funds energy efficiency rebates for customers.

Idaho PUC staff supports Avista’s proposal to hike rates

Avista Corp. would raise electricity and natural gas rates this year in Idaho under a new agreement under consideration by utility regulators. The company utility has 123,000 electricity and 75,000 natural gas customers in North Idaho.

Avista rates to rise next week

Avista Corp. will raise electric and gas rates in Washington in the new year and again in 2014 under an agreement with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. Following months of negotiations between the Spokane-based utility and state regulators, Avista customers will pay 2 percent more for electricity and 3.7 percent more for natural gas beginning next Tuesday, New Year’s Day.

Update of power grid in Inland Northwest has begun

With the push of a button on their smartphones, Inland Northwest residents will soon have a way to adjust their thermostats and their electric bills. In Pullman, a $38 million demonstration project will upgrade the aging power grid, saving energy and providing Avista customers with several new features intended to increase communication between customers and the power company.

State staff, Avista reach rate hike settlement

State regulators recommend that Avista be allowed to raise electric and natural gas rates in Washington. If the Washington Utilites and Transportation Commission this winter adopts a settlement reached by its staff and Avista, the Spokane utility will collect 2 percent more – or $9.25 million – in 2013 for electricity, and then another 2 percent – or $9.44 million – in 2014.

Idaho’s 1st big solar plant to be built soon

BOISE — Idaho’s first big solar electricity plant will likely soon begin construction, a rare bright spot for renewables in a state littered with canceled wind farms, regulatory uncertainty and low natural gas prices that have soured alternative power’s financial appeal.

600 million without power in India

NEW DELHI — A massive blackout hit northern and eastern India on Tuesday afternoon, leaving 600 million people without electricity in one of the world’s most widespread power failures.

Avista seeking increase in rates

Avista Corp. is seeking to charge its Washington customers more next year to offset the higher cost of delivering power and natural gas in Eastern Washington. It’s a trend that has upset many ratepayers in recent years, but the Spokane utility said it will continue to seek higher rates in the future.

Wind energy innovations use new shapes, places for turbines

LOS ANGELES – Wind turbines are getting really big – some with blades as long as a football field – and more powerful, often generating 50 times more electricity than the first generation of wind power machines built in the 1980s. But scientists are also studying how to harness the wind in different ways that could help allay concerns that today’s turbines are unattractive, noisy and sometimes even dangerous.

Avista seeks Idaho rate hikes

Avista Corp. is asking Idaho regulators for permission to raise rates for electricity and natural gas. The Spokane-based utility says it would use the additional revenue to replace aging electrical equipment and to pay for higher operating costs for its natural gas service.

Avista requests gas, electrical rate hikes in Washington

Avista Corp. is requesting rate increases for its electricity and natural gas customers in Washington, the company announced today. Avista is asking regulators to approve a 9.3 percent rate increase for electrical service and a 5.1 percent increase for natural gas.

Caldwell: Bonneville power plan creates buzz in industry

Moan as we might, and do, about the windy, wet spring weather, our troubles are small compared with those facing the Bonneville Power Administration. Last June, an unexpected confluence of high winds and high water almost forced Bonneville to pay for power.

Do Your Part: Use electricity wisely, lessen unsafe waste

Spring is almost in the air – but that’s not all, unfortunately. Mercury and a whole host of other hazardous pollutants are present, too. One of the best ways to lower the amount of air, land and water pollution you create is to use electricity wisely. This means using only what you need and only when you need it.