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State regulcators schedule public meeting for proposed Frontier Communications sale

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission is holding a meeting for Frontier Communications customers to share feedback about the company’s proposed sale to Wave Division Capital and Northwest Fiber LLC.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Average Avista customer to see nearly 15% gas rate increase after Washington state regulators’ action

Avista’s natural gas customers will see a nearly 15% rate increase, on average, following a rate adjustment approval by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018

Regulators to conduct hearing Tuesday on proposed Avista sale

Washington regulators have scheduled a Tuesday hearing on Avista Corp.’s proposed sale to Hydro One Ltd., of Toronto.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017

Avista should get smaller rate increase, staff for Washington regulators say

Avista Utilities should be allowed to raise customers’ rates over the next three years, but by much smaller amounts than company officials proposed, Washington regulators’s staff members said Friday.

UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017

Avista files 3-year plan for raising electric and natural gas rates

Avista is asking state regulators for permission to raise electric and natural gas rates for Washington customers over a three-year period, with the earliest rate hike beginning in September.

Avista ready to appeal rejection of higher rates for electricity and natural gas

Avista Utilities will ask state regulators to reconsider last week’s decision to deny the company’s request for higher rates in 2017, and will take its appeal to court, if necessary, …

Big companies push NW utilities to produce clean sources for electricity

Demand for carbon-free energy is starting to influence how electricity is produced in Washington state.

Avista should ask for smaller rate increases in 2017, commission staff says


Complaint filed against Cascade Natural Gas Corporation

OLYMPIA – State regulators say that Cascade Natural Gas Corporation is unable to provide required documentation for nearly 40 percent of its high-pressure pipelines in the state of Washington. The …

564 will be newest area code for Western Washington

Washington state is getting a new area code next year. The Utilities and Transportation Commission on Thursday approved a plan to implement 564 as the newest area code in Western …

Spokane excavator fined for not calling before digging

A Spokane excavator was fined $4,000 for violating Washington’s call before you dig law.

Guest Opinion: Avista too dependent on coal

Conservation and smart grid investment make more sense for forward-thinking utilities.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 29, 2015

Natural gas rates will drop for Avista’s Washington customers

Heating bills for Avista Utilities’s Washington customers will drop this winter as a result of lower wholesale prices for natural gas.

UPDATED: Tue., July 28, 2015

Avista should cut electric rates, state agencies say

Instead of asking for higher rates, Avista Corp. should be giving its Washington customers a slight break on their electric bills, staff members at two state agencies say.

Oil cars found leaking along rail route to West Side

A train hauling crude oil across Idaho and Washington last month had to have 14 leaking tank cars removed at three different stops before it reached its destination at an …

14 leaking oil cars removed from BNSF train

A train hauling crude oil across Idaho and Washington last month had to have 14 leaking tank cars removed at three different stops before it reached its destination at an …

Avista seeking Washington rate hikes in 2016

Avista Utilities has begun the process of asking Washington regulators to approve higher electric and natural gas rates, with an effective date of January 2016. In a filing Monday, the …

Avista planning rate hikes

Avista plans to raise rates again this winter, but not as much as the Spokane-based utility first proposed six months ago. A typical customer in Washington would pay $2.10 more …

Sale boosts Avista gains

Avista Corp.’s sale of its energy management subsidiary helped push the utility’s second-quarter earnings past the $100 million mark, officials said Wednesday. Avista reported earnings of $100.9 million, or $1.67 …

CenturyLink rolls out speedier Internet in some parts of Spokane

CenturyLink on Tuesday said it now offers 1-gigabit-per-second fiber-optic Internet service in parts of Spokane, looking to lure business customers away from cable or DSL. The expansion extends fiber service …

Attorney general’s office urges lower Avista electric rates

Avista Utilities should lower base rates for its Washington electric customers instead of trying to collect more money, the state attorney general’s office said this month. The office, which described …

Avista to spend $5 million to replace gas pipes

Avista Utilities will spend $5 million this year to replace about 60 miles of natural gas line in Spokane and Lincoln counties that’s vulnerable to cracking. The older, polyethylene pipe …

Avista proposal decried as too high

Avista Corp. is asking too much of its customers in its latest push to raise rates 6.3 percent for electricity and 6.9 percent for natural gas, the Washington Attorney General’s …