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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.

BPA shrinks hike request

The Bonneville Power Administration is tempering its request for higher electric rates next year. BPA officials had considered asking for a 12 to 20 percent rate hike, but opted instead for a 6 to 10 percent hike, given the ongoing weakness in the Northwest’s economy, said Steve Wright, BPA administrator.

Apartment dwellers can be eco-friendly too

So you’re a renter and you want to green your space, but your landlord won’t splurge on solar panels. Don’t fret. There are plenty of low-cost ways for apartment dwellers to be eco-friendly.

Biofuel project in Spokane County wins $90,000 grant

A Spokane County company has been awarded a $90,000 grant to continue developing a process that converts bluegrass straw into biofuels. Farm Power, based in Rockford, will use the U.S. Department of Agriculture money for automating controls and feedstock systems, project director Jack Zimmer said Wednesday.

Dust on power line leaves 15,000 in dark

Dust collecting on a major transmission line combined with light rain Tuesday night to trigger a power outage affecting 15,000 Avista customers.

Biomass challenge

KETTLE FALLS, Wash. – Roaring furnaces unleash the energy of wood at Avista Corp.’s Kettle Falls generating station. Chips and bark become white-hot ash as temperatures soar to 2,500 degrees inside the massive seven-story furnaces. The searing heat produces steam, which runs a turbine for electricity.

Avista requests increase in gas, electricity rates, cites needed upgrades

Avista Utilities is seeking to raise the price of electricity and natural gas for its customers in both Washington and Idaho. The requested rate hike would add $10.62 to the average Eastern Washington homeowner’s monthly electric bill and another $4 a month for natural gas, according to Avista.