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UPDATED: Sun., May 31, 2020

Thousands in Eastern Washington, North Idaho lose power in storm

Thousands of Inland Northwest residents lost power in a quick moving storm Saturday night.

100 years ago in Spokane: Airport now called Felts Field announces plan to install electric lights to allow nighttime landings

Developments in Spokane regarding two exciting modern technologies, aviation and radio, were in the news in May 1920.

Kurt Miller: In these times of crisis, know that the grid is in good hands

More than likely, we have yet to face the worst effects of the COVID-19 virus, but the region’s electric utilities have a plan to keep your electricity flowing and affordable, …

Ask the Builder: What do circuit breakers do?

Several weeks ago, I read your column about installing electrical wiring. I found that very interesting, but now I’m very curious about circuit breakers. What’s the primary purpose of circuit …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Avista customers bills in Idaho will fall by 1%

The region’s 133,000 customers of the public utility will see their monthly energy bills drop 1% this winter, according to a news release from the public utility commission.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

Power restored to approximately 3,000 homes in Hillyard area

Avista said the outage started shortly after 12:30 p.m.

100 years ago on the Palouse: 2 farmers electrocuted after power line falls onto telephone wire

A windstorm in the Palouse set in motion a series of events that resulted in tragedy for two farmers.

Avista’s installation of new meters continues in Spokane

Avista Corp. is continuing to install smart meters across its service area, with residents on Spokane’s South Hill the latest recipients of the advanced metering technology.

UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019

Storm brought 3,500 lightning strikes to Inland Northwest

The storm blew over trees and sparked numerous fires, most of which were quickly doused by firefighters or heavy rain.

UPDATED: Sat., May 18, 2019

No longer in the dark: Navajo Nation homes get electricity

Miranda Haskie sits amid the glow of candles at her kitchen table as the sun sinks into a deep blue horizon silhouetting juniper trees and a nearby mesa. Her husband, …

UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019

Man walks away unharmed after energized electrical wire falls on his hood near busy South Hill intersection

A man was briefly trapped in his car Friday morning on the South Hill as a charged electrical wire sat on his hood.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018

Avista cut power to much of downtown Spokane for 10 minutes due to trespasser

Spokane police announced on social media late Monday morning that most of downtown would lose power for about 10 minutes.

California aims to get all electricity from clean sources

California has set a goal of phasing out fossil fuels from the state’s electricity sector by 2045 under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Bitcoin backlash as ‘miners’ suck up electricity, stress power grids in Central Washington

Bargain electric rates are attracting digital currency entrepreneurs, but three public utilities districts are reassessing how they deal with the surging demand, and whether they should even try to keep …

Ask The Builder: Replacing three-way switch easy as 1, 2, 3

Water on brick, cement can result in salt and mineral discoloration.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018

6,000 without power as winter storm hits Northeastern Washington and North Idaho

More than 6,000 electricity customers woke up Wednesday morning to no power as a winter stormed blanketed much of the Inland Northwest.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 25, 2017

Dark, desperate life without power in Puerto Rico

MOROVIS, Puerto Rico – Three days before Christmas, Doris Martinez and daughter Miriam Narvaez joined their neighbors in a line outside city hall in Morovis, a town of 30,000 people …

Kalispel Tribe launches electric utility to serve Northern Quest complex in Airway Heights

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians has created its own electric utility to serve its expanding casino-hotel complex in Airway Heights.

Idaho National Laboratory upgrades power grid testing area

Idaho National Laboratory’s electric grid testing area underwent recent upgrades to its infrastructure, allowing researchers to conduct full-scale experiments with new technology aimed at modernizing power systems.

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

Two months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico struggles to regain electricity and thousands flee the island

The lights remain off in bustling cities and in small rural villages. Gas generators, the only alternative to the downed power lines that seem to be everywhere, continuously hum outside …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

Avista agrees to buy power from Spokane’s trash incinerator for 5 more years

The city has been selling the extra energy produced at its Waste-to-Energy plant on the West Plains since it opened in 1991. A change in state law requiring utilities to …

Puerto Rico still stumbles in the dark a month after ‘Maria’

This is life one month after Hurricane Maria slammed into the U.S. territory on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm that killed at least 48 people, destroyed tens of …

Could cyberattacks knock out lights in the U.S.? Not so easily

Hackers likely linked to the North Korean government targeted a U.S. electricity company last month, according to a security firm that says it detected and stopped the attacks.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017

23,000 Avista customers lose power in Spokane Tuesday morning

Avista Utilities said equipment problems led to about 23,000 customers losing power just before 9 a.m. Tuesday on the South Hill and in the East Central neighborhood in Spokane. The …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017

Dam failing as scope of Puerto Rico disaster becomes clear

Puerto Rican officials rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam and said they could not reach more than half the towns in the U.S. …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017

Powerless: Puerto Rico faces weeks without electricity

A day after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, flooding towns, crushing homes and killing at least two people, millions of people on the island faced the dispiriting prospect of weeks …

Public speaks up as Avista considers raising rates

Avista’s top five executives made in excess of $10.5 million in 2016, and the company reported net income of $83.9 million in the first half of 2017.

Big effort underway to restore North Carolina islands’ power

Crews are taking two approaches to restore power to two North Carolina Outer Banks islands.

UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Congress unnerved by energy grid cyberattacks

For months, Sen. Maria Cantwell has been warning in letters to the Trump administration and colleagues that Congress needs to do more to keep the nation’s energy supply safe from …

Renewable sources of electricity outpace nuclear plants

For the first time in decades, the United States got more electricity from renewable sources than nuclear power in March and April.