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The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission issued a 2-1 ruling Friday that prevents the utility from charging its customers $3.2 million in additional power costs after a coal plant in Montana failed emissions testing in summer 2018.
Avista Corp. has reached a partial settlement in its request to increase electric and natural gas rates, an agreement that would help fund costs associated with the eventual closure of the Colstrip power plant in Montana.
The money was part of $1.5 million in rail safety grant funds awarded Monday by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.
Some rural homes and business Spokane and Stevens counties will get high-speed broadband in the future with the help of federal funding.
Washington regulators erred when they blocked Avista Corp.’s sale to Hydro One Ltd. by exaggerating the political risks to Avista’s customers from the province of Ontario’s ownership in Hydro One, the two companies argued Monday.
Setting up a public entity to buy Avista may be unprecedented and definitely faces obstacles.
Avista Corp. and Hydro One Ltd. will ask Washington regulators to reconsider their Dec. 5 decision denying the $5.3 billion sale of Avista to the Toronto utility.
A hearing in Olympia last May offered hints that Avista Corp.’s sale to Hydro One Ltd. was headed for trouble.
Washington regulators denied Hydro One Ltd.’s proposed purchase of Avista Corp., finding the merger does not serve the public interest.
Proposed Avista sale to Hydro One prompts tough questions from regulators after Canadian utility’s management shakeup.
Avista Corp.’s proposed sale to Hydro One Ltd. has safeguards to protect local customers from Canadian government interference and rate hikes if Toronto-based utility runs into future financial troubles, says a consultant hired by the two companies to scrutinize the proposed agreement.
Rob Chase doesn’t want Avista Corp. to sell to a Canadian utility, and the Spokane County commissioner candidate says he’s deploying a little-known part of federal laws to try to block it. Washington regulators, however, said the laws Chase cites don’t apply to the sale.
Avista’s Washington customers could see about $10 in savings each month on their combined electric and natural gas bills under a proposed rate reduction.
Hydro One Ltd. has installed a new board of directors in the aftermath of a political shake-up that jolted the utility’s efforts to acquire Avista Corp. The Canadian utility wants Idaho regulators’ review of the proposed sale to resume.
Avista Corp.’s 2016 rates for electricity and natural gas may need to be recalculated, following a successful court challenge.
Washington regulators have extended a deadline to Dec. 14 for deciding whether Avista’s sale to Hydro One Ltd. would benefit customers.
Deliberations over the sale of Avista are heading into the final stretches, prompting utility customers who are opposed to speak up. Concerns about foreign ownership and future rates figure prominently in their remarks.
Washington’s electric and gas utilities must provide an opt out for customers who don’t want “smart meters” installed at their homes.
Questions about foreign ownership and political influence were aired Tuesday during a regulatory hearing in Olympia on Avista’s proposed sale to the Canadian utility.
Avista Corp. and Washington’s other investor-owned utilities should reconsider their reliance on coal-fired electricity, state regulators say.