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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 Monday denied a request by Avista Utilities to reconsider.

Avista proposes Idaho rate hikes

Avista Utilities is proposing a staggered rate increase for its Idaho customers, which would raise a typical household’s electric bill by $12 per month over a two-year period and natural gas bill by nearly $6. The Spokane-based utility submitted the request to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission on Monday. The commission has up to nine months to review Avista’s request, take public comments and make a decision.

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 inflated future power costs by $7.1 million, said Casey Fielder, an Avista spokeswoman. When the Spokane-based utility caught the error in early April, it alerted the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and other parties in the rate case.

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 are like hers – working, but struggling to make ends meet, Dunlap told an Avista executive at a recent neighborhood meeting.