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Washington Water Power Co. has hired a Bonneville Power Administration vice president as western regional manager. Judi Johansen will assume her new duties Nov. 1, said WWP Vice President Gary Ely.
Residential customers of Kootenai Electric Cooperative will get a 10 percent rate cut if the utility's board of directors approved the proposal Oct. 29. An average homeowner using 1,200 kilowatts of energy would save $11.30 per month. But the adjustment could drop bills in some months by as much as 36 percent or, for a few customers, raise them in some months.
El Paso Energy Corp. said Wednesday it will acquire Tenneco Inc.'s energy division in a $4 billion deal that will effectively put Tenneco out of the energy business. The move is part of an ongoing reorganization at Tenneco intended to emphasize the company's auto parts and packaging business. It marks the third time in the past 15 months that the Greenwich, Conn.-based company has sold or spun off a major division.
Spokane-area residents will get their best chance to testify on proposed changes to Northwest Power Planning Council fish and wildlife management efforts Tuesday. The options that emerged from a council workshop last month in Portland range from more cooperation among competing interests working within existing legislation, to a major restructuring that could involve changes in the Endangered Species Act. The council review was authorized by Congress last fall, when members established a cap on fish-recovery expenditures that are costing the region almost $500 million per year.
Backers of a proposed natural gas-fired power plant at Creston, Wash., have optioned a site for a second, smaller plant in Columbia County, officials said Monday. Steve Strasser, president of Bellevue, Wash.-based KVA Resources Inc., said the facility at Starbuck, Wash., would generate up to 240 megawatts of electricity during periods of peak demand, such as cold snaps. In comparison, the Creston plant would operate continuously, producing 838 megawatts, he said.
Another Northwest smelter has decided to bypass the Bonneville Power Administration and shift a significant share of its electricity load to other suppliers. Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. announced Tuesday it would buy 245 megawatts of power from two new sources, Portland-based PacifiCorp and Houston-based Enron Corp., beginning April 1, 1996. The plant near Kalispell, Mont., consumes 345 megawatts at full production.
1. Vera employees Dan Simpson and Rod Doyle connect a new power line to a transformer on East 17th Avenue. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Dan Simpson and Rod Doyle of Vera Water and Power. Replacing all the underground lines and installing conduits would take between $3 million and $5 million, according to a Vera estimate. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review
Athol voters will head to the polls today to decide whether to approve a $70,000 bond to improve the Idaho city's feeble water pressure. Mayor Jean Hill said Monday night, the bond won't cost citizens any extra money.
CORRECTION: Thursday, May 11, 1995 The name of Kathy Miotke, the Five Mile Prairie woman who wants to donate land to the city Parks Department, was misspelled in the May 4 North Side Voice. Kathy Moitke wants to donate three lots next to her home as a natural area. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review
Jon Shelby was promoted from assistant manager to general manager at the utility cooperative Northern Lights Inc. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review
Recurring debate over crossing the Spokane River with sewer and water lines is, to some, a red herring. Recent proposals to stretch such services to the bays, fields, rolling hills and tree-lined subdivisions south of the river near Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls are being battled by residents. And not merely because of the immediate impacts of such construction.
With the Federal Reserve hiking interest rates six times (from 3 percent to 5.5 percent), utilities got hammered in 1994. But the Fed's most recent hike seems to be taking the pressure off. Mutual funds that specialize in utilities have been rebounding as many perceive the increases are nearly over.
Stronger fourth-quarter earnings were not enough to keep Washington Water Power Co. results for 1994 from slipping below 1993 levels. Chairman Paul Redmond said warm temperatures and low streamflows sapped 1994 earnings.
The price Spokane County charges new sewer customers may double as county commissioners search for ways to speed up sewer work. City residents probably will face higher sewer rates as well. That's because the regional sewage treatment plant needs expensive improvements.
A slightly better deal for Washington Water Power Co. and a much better deal for departing Pacific Power & Light mean a less than happy new year for Sandpoint power customers. Bonner County customers won't receive a credit from PP&L;, which would have averaged about $80, previously ordered by the state utilities commission. They'll also pay slightly higher rates than the rest of WWP's Idaho customers for an extra year beyond the three the commission allowed in October.