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Avista Development invests in smart-grid startup company

Avista Development and Duke Energy have teamed up to invest in a startup company called Open Energy Solutions Inc.


UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018, 5 p.m.

Avista announces plan for $165 million smart meter rollout in Washington

Avista’s Washington customers will get smart meters over the next two years, enabling customers to track their energy use within a 24-hour period and helping the utility respond more quickly …


UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 6:11 p.m.

Itron acquires Georgia-based energy services company in $100 million cash deal

Liberty Lake-based Itron Inc. has acquired a privately held company that provides software, hardware and services to electric utilities implementing demand response and energy efficiency programs. The cash transaction is …


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.


Inland Power to upgrade meters

Monitoring electricity use will be faster and easier for Inland Power and Light and its members after the Spokane-based utility upgrades all 39,000 meters across its service area next year. …


Itron names new CEO

Starting Jan. 1, Philip Mezey will take over as CEO and president of Itron Inc., the Spokane area’s largest publicly traded company. Mezey, 52, will succeed LeRoy Nosbaum, who joined …


Update of power grid in Inland Northwest has begun

With the push of a button on their smartphones, Inland Northwest residents will soon have a way to adjust their thermostats and their electric bills. In Pullman, a $38 million …


Itron, Avista join in pilot test to demonstrate smart grid reliability

About 13,000 homes and businesses in Pullman are the guinea pigs in a smart grid project involving the Inland Northwest’s largest utility and the region’s largest energy technology manufacturer. The …


Largest in U.S., Pacific Northwest smart grid gets funding

RICHLAND, Wash. – The check has arrived to pay for the main work phase on the largest and most comprehensive project in the nation to demonstrate how the electric grid …


Utility chooses a wireless network

Spokane-based Avista Utilities will install Tropos Networks’ wireless network as one of the key parts of its “smart grid” system, the company announced Tuesday. Tropos, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., will …


Itron CEO talks about doing business globally

Malcolm Unsworth is the president and CEO of Itron Inc., the Inland Northwest’s largest publicly traded company, measured by market value. He took over the reins last year and has …


Avista plans to show off ‘smart grid’ in Pullman

Avista Corp. will lead a $38 million “smart grid” demonstration project in Pullman that will upgrade the electric distribution system to the city of 27,600 people. Smart grids make the …


Avista to lead Pullman power grid project

Avista Corp. will lead a $38 million “smart-grid” demonstration project in Pullman that will upgrade the electric distribution system to the city of 27,600 people.


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 …


Editorial: Smart grid offers leap forward on power usage

Once, when an appliance store ran low on waffle irons, the manager would order several more to avoid running out. Sooner or later, however, consumer preferences would change and the …


Tests include Itron meters

Liberty Lake meter technology company Itron Inc. is taking part in a lab test of “smart grid” technology conducted by the nation’s second-largest energy utility, National Grid. The New York-based …


‘Smart grid’ to get test

PORTLAND – Researchers across the Northwest have demonstrated that new technology can help manage electricity use. Now they’re betting they’ll get the same results with new experiments and show the …


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 …


Conference focuses on smart grid

The phrase of the moment, at least among utilities, energy companies and green technology advocates is “smart grid.” For two days next week a brain trust of Northwest energy experts …


Nosbaum promoting energy innovation

When LeRoy Nosbaum is asked if the Obama administration stimulus bill, with $4.5 billion for “smart” energy grid improvements, will modernize our frail power system, he wastes no time being …


Region a big player in push for smart grid

Spokane, we could be approaching gridlock. And that would be a good thing. How good depends on how strong a connection government and business leaders can make between Inland Northwest …