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Utility agreement would allow Microsoft to buy own power

Microsoft has struck a deal with Washington state’s largest energy utility allowing the software giant to buy its own power on the open market.


Flying drones that generate power from wind get backing from EON

Technology that uses flying drones to generate electricity from the wind is getting a boost from the Germany utility EON SE, which is backing a test project that may show …


Knowledge gained as power conserved

A volunteer group of Pullman Avista customers saw their power consumption decline by 9.3 percent after they were given high-tech thermostats.


BLM approves final routes for Gateway West transmission line

The Bureau of Land Management has authorized the final routes connecting the high-voltage Gateway West transmission line project between southwestern Idaho and central Wyoming.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017

Global firm buys Liberty Lake energy storage company

A Liberty Lake company that makes energy storage systems for office buildings and other large electricity consumers has been acquired by Enel, a global energy giant based in Rome.


U.S. electricity grid faces a changing threat environment, report warns

At a time of heightened focus on U.S. cybersecurity risks, the Energy Department released a comprehensive report on the nation’s rapidly changing electrical grid Friday that calls for new action …


For cheapest power on Earth, look skyward as coal falls to solar

Solar power is now cheaper than coal in some parts of the world. In less than a decade, it’s likely to be the lowest-cost option almost everywhere.


Richland nuclear plant reconnects to the grid

Energy Northwest reconnected its 1,190-megawatt Columbia Generating Station to the Northwest Power grid late Saturday night, five days after an equipment malfunction caused an unplanned shutdown.


Canada to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030

Canada is announcing a plan to phase out the use of coal-fired electricity by 2030.


Montana power storage project gets positive review from feds

A central Montana power storage project that would act as a giant battery to supplement electricity from wind turbines and other sources has received a favorable review from federal regulators.


100 years ago in Spokane: Newspaper predicts Spokane will be center of the great electrified railroad system

From our archive, 100 years ago The Spokane Daily Chronicle was dreaming of a new, powerful future for Spokane as the center of a great electrified railroad system.


100 years ago in Spokane: Californian convention attendees frown on Washington’s booze ban

From our archives, 100 years ago The Pacific Coast Advertising Men’s Association was holding its convention in Spokane, and some ad men from California showed exactly how they felt about …


Avista seeks Idaho electric rate increase

Avista Utilities wants to raise electric rates for Idaho customers, citing ongoing costs for upgrades to its system.


100 years ago in Spokane: Former Harrington mayor died from tick bite

From our archives, 100 years ago


Montana snowstorm cuts power to tens of thousands

A spring storm swept through Montana, dumping up to 20 inches of snow in the mountains and knocking out power to tens of thousands of people across the state, officials …


Fire kills 3 Gaza kids, sparks accusations over power crisis

Three Palestinian children have died in a Gaza house fire started by a candle, sparking internal finger-pointing over the coastal territory’s lingering power crisis.


100 years ago in Spokane: Crowds line Monroe Street Bridge to see illuminated falls

From our archives, 100 years ago Crowds lined both rails of the Monroe Street Bridge to see a new and exciting spectacle: The electrical illumination of the Spokane River waterfalls.


Avista seeking rate hikes for Washington customers in 2017 and 2018

Avista is asking for permission to raise electric and natural gas rates for its Washington customers beginning in 2017, citing rising capital costs, which include a portion of the repairs …


Massive generators kept hospitals going during last year’s windstorm

Massive generators kept the region’s largest hospital operating for nearly 17 hours after last year’s windstorm.


Power outages, road issues plague some in Inland Northwest on Christmas

Thousands of customers remain without power Friday morning as utilities work through the holiday to restore electricity in areas with heavy snow on lines. State Route 206 to Mount Spokane …


Power restored to about 2,200 Avista customers

About 2,200 Avista Utilities customers are without power this afternoon in southeast Spokane.


Families struggle without power heading into third night

With around 100,000 people powerless for the third straight night, the struggle to stay warm intensified as temperatures plummeted.


Michael Senske: Energy investment will keep region attractive to business

Access to affordable energy drives many business decisions. Whether you operate an advanced manufacturing plant, a health care facility, a large office complex or a biotech company, energy represents a …


Notice of power shutoffs no longer a job for utility staff in Idaho

Idaho residents who are about to get their power shut off for delinquent payments no longer have to be notified by a utility employee knocking on their door. The state’s …


Homeowners ‘back-billed’ $3K due to utility’s faulty equipment

“You may have noticed that your Vera bill has been lower recently or over the past several years,” read a letter sent to Jeff and Diane Kipp last month from …


Avista requests slight rate changes

Avista Utilities is asking for a slight decrease in electric rates and a slight increase in natural gas rates for its Washington customers, citing changing power costs. The Spokane-based utility …


Avista proposes rate increase and decrease

Avista Utilities is asking for a slight decrease in electric rates and a slight increase in natural gas rates for its Washington customers, citing changing power costs.


Avista progress slowed by fallen trees, broken poles

Avista Utilities is struggling to return power to the last of the 1,700 customers without electricity in north Spokane and Deer Park.


Avista reaches deal on Idaho rates

Avista Utilities has reached a settlement to keep its base rates for Idaho customers unchanged through the end of 2015. The settlement, which still requires approval by the Idaho Public …


The Rock Doc: Kitchen stoves offer a lesson in carbon control

My elderly aunt recently came into some money. She decided – very generously – to send part of it to each of her nieces and nephews. This gave me the …