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Saturday, October 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Regulators approve Jan. 1 Avista rate increases

Avista Corp. will be allowed to raise rates on January 1, but not as much as the company requested. Washington state regulators have agreed to let Avista collect an additional …


W. Washington wind farm canceled due to seabird

Energy Northwest and four southwest Washington utilities have canceled the Radar Ridge wind power project, which had been proposed as the first major wind farm in Western Washington.


The power of small energy-saving steps

I like saving energy. Especially my own. That’s why I love tips that don’t require a lot of effort but still help me trim my energy bills. They may not …


Do Your Part: When you reduce energy use, you’ll reduce costs

Looking for ways to lower your utility bills? Reducing the amount of energy you use to light your home is one place to start. About 20 percent of your monthly …


Do Your Part: Be cool this summer; don’t waste energy

Depending on where you live, cooling your home accounts for as much as 50 percent of the money you spend each month on utilities. There are many ways to keep …


Clark: A jovial spin on Avista’s request for rate hikes

Hi everybody. It’s me – Dougie Kilowatt. Avista Utilities has hired me to be its new power company mascot.


Green schools getting mixed grades

Lincoln Heights Elementary School has lights that turn off when rooms are empty, thermostats that automatically set temperatures back at night and carbon dioxide sensors in the gym to circulate …


Avista gears audits toward plugged-in college students

The dresser in Kelsie Marick’s dorm room is crowded with gadgets. It holds two electric hair straighteners, a blow dryer, a flat-screen TV and an iPod dock. Marick, a Gonzaga …


Green home projects on display Sunday

Homeowners on Sunday can learn about techniques for going green, such as a custom-built straw bale home, a green kitchen remodel or an urban chicken coop designed with reclaimed materials. …


Biomass challenge

KETTLE FALLS, Wash. – Roaring furnaces unleash the energy of wood at Avista Corp.’s Kettle Falls generating station. Chips and bark become white-hot ash as temperatures soar to 2,500 degrees …


SustainableWorks helps homeowners

Many a homeowner knows the feeling: there’s a cold draft sweeping over the floors, wrapping its icy fingers around warm feet under the dining room table. And during winter months …


Senate leaders ponder gas tax

WASHINGTON – Leading voices in the Senate are considering a new tax on gasoline as part of an effort to win Republican and oil industry support for the energy and …


Obama’s speech to tout plans to energize economy

President Barack Obama will try to pivot past rocky times for the nation and himself Wednesday night in his first State of the Union address, offering a skeptical public repackaged …


Stevens County company has state energy tie

Borgford BioEnergy LLC in Stevens County is one of four Washington companies that will work with the Department of Natural Resources on renewable energy projects using biomass from state lands. …


Odessa refinery helping meet demand for biodiesel

ODESSA, Wash. – It has been a rough go for Washington’s fledgling biodiesel industry, with only a handful of the announced projects actually coming into production and promised financial support …


Exxon Mobil deal places big bet on natural gas

Exxon Mobil’s purchase of a Texas natural gas producer for $29 billion could reshape the U.S. energy landscape, setting the stage for the fuel to challenge coal in the nation’s …


Obama announces ‘smart grid’ grants

ARCADIA, Fla. – President Barack Obama made a pitch for renewable energy Tuesday, announcing $3.4 billion in government support for 100 projects aimed at modernizing the nation’s power grid. Touring …


Final weekend of clunkers program draws crowds

From Vermont to California, exhausted but appreciative car dealers watched their lots grow empty as crowds rushed to trade in gas guzzlers during the final weekend of the popular Cash …


NW Power Council deadlocks over proposal

Members of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council have deadlocked over a plan that calls for 85 percent of the region’s new power needs over the next 20 years to …


Power council says conserving can meet needs

About 85 percent of the Northwest’s new power needs over the next 20 years can be achieved through conservation, according to a new plan being developed by the Northwest Power …


Pyrotek branch gets stimulus grant

An East Coast subsidiary of Spokane Valley manufacturing company Pyrotek has landed $11.3 million in federal stimulus money to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries. The money will continue development …


NW energy resources form the ‘Middle East of North America’

The Pacific Northwest, on both sides of the Canadian border, is the “Middle East of North America” when it comes to energy resources, experts say, and it will eventually supply …


Q-and-A: Energy prices could impede recovery

Energy prices are starting to soar again. Oil prices, for starters, have broken free of the fundamentals that usually rule the market, rising despite a glut in surplus crude oil. …


Delving again into nuclear generation

RICHLAND – A quarter century after its ambitious plan to build five nuclear plants crumbled into a punch line for government incompetence, a regional power consortium in the Pacific Northwest …


Our View: Electricity grid needs smart-technology upgrades

Though it gets scant attention, one part of the infrastructure is perhaps the most important. Those plugged into the future know its power and potential, which they discussed at a …


Proposal for school modernization in works

OLYMPIA – Citing Depression-era public works spending as his inspiration, a House lawmaker on Monday proposed borrowing $3 billion to modernize schools and university buildings across the state. “We’re going …


Interior blocks plan for oil shale development

WASHINGTON – The Interior Department on Wednesday blocked a Bush administration plan to open parts of the Mountain West for oil shale development, announcing that it would first study the …


EPA reconsiders coal emissions

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said it would reopen the possibility of regulating carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, tossing aside a December Bush administration memorandum …


Obama compares Canada’s oil to coal

OTTAWA – President Barack Obama on Tuesday compared Canada’s massive oil sands operations to the U.S. coal industry, saying he was concerned about the operations’ big carbon footprint. Obama heads …


Avista rate cut was cold comfort

The last few months have been a roller-coaster ride for most Avista customers, but watching our heating bills reach new heights has been anything but fun. Although Avista teased us …