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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Bigger, longer blackouts could lie ahead in California

A wildfire in California wine country that may have been caused by a high-voltage transmission line called into question Pacific Gas & Electric’s strategy of selectively cutting off power in …

UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019

Scott Morris, Avista chairman and CEO, announces retirement

Avista Corp. Chairman and CEO Scott Morris has informed the Spokane-based utility’s board of directors that he will retire from the company effective March 1.

PG&E: Judge’s proposals for fire risk could cost up to $150B

Proposals by a U.S. judge to prevent Pacific Gas & Electric Co. equipment from causing more wildfires would endanger lives, could cost as much as $150 billion and would interfere …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

Macron caves in to French protesters – too late, they say

The French government’s decision to suspend fuel tax and utility price hikes Tuesday did little to appease protesters, who called the move a “first step” and vowed to fight on …

Tentative deal approves $216 million for Idaho utility

Idaho officials have reached a tentative agreement approving a utility company’s $216.5 million in relicensing expenses for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border.

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 1, 2017

Utility seeks $220 million from Idaho, Oregon ratepayers

Officials are considering a utility company’s request to pass on to ratepayers $220 million in re-licensing expenses for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Idaho-Oregon border.

UPDATED: Sun., July 30, 2017

Utility rate increase of 2.9 percent through 2020 gets hearing before Spokane City Council on Monday

The increase would cost the average Spokane household an extra $3.47 per month in service charges for water, sewer and garbage collection. It would continue an annual rate increase tied …

UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017

Avista selling to Canadian firm Hydro One for $5.3 billion

Avista is being sold for $5.3 billion to a Canadian company called Hydro One, the companies announced Wednesday.

UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017

Avista CEO Scott Morris earns $4.5 million in 2016

Avista Corp. paid its top executive about $4.5 million in total compensation last year.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017

Three Florida utility workers die in manhole; firefighter critical

Three men have died in a manhole in Key Largo, Florida, overcome by poisonous fumes underground.

Avista’s Idaho customers could get break on natural gas bills

Avista’s Idaho customers could get a break on their natural gas bills, beginning Nov. 1.

Prosecutor: Pacific Gas ignored regulations to cut costs

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. ignored pipeline safety regulations to cut costs and tried to cover up its illegal practices by misleading federal officials investigating a deadly explosion of one …

Power restored in downtown Seattle after large outage

A Seattle utility spokesman says an equipment failure at a substation has darkened much of Seattle’s downtown core.

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. …


Following his retirement in the mid-1990s, Tom Simons moved to the Heyburn State Park vacation cabin he’d acquired some 30 years prior. The small cabin is in a wooded section …

Deal Escalates Utility Turf War Agreement Would Allow Wwp To Match Prices Offered By Inland Power In Two Areas

A turf war between two utilities serving Spokane escalated Thursday with the disclosure of a proposed electricity rate settlement. Terms, if approved by Washington regulators, will allow Washington Water Power …

Coalition Seeks Delay Of Power Deregulation Group Says Action Would Threaten Strong Economic Asset

A new coalition that combines labor, environmental and farm interests has asked Washington Gov. Gary Locke to delay action on electricity deregulation, which they say could sacrifice one of the …

Bpa Brass Misjudged On Plant Unfinished Facility Near Tacoma Has $115 Million Tab So Far

Documents obtained by The Oregonian show a long chain of misjudgments by the Bonneville Power Administration has cost its ratepayers at least $115 million for an abandoned power plant. The …

Minidoka Power Plant Up, Running Smoothly

The new $62 million power plant at Minidoka Dam on the Snake River is running so smoothly that a nickel balances atop a 30-ton generator bearing. It is an old …

Craig’s Summit On Power To Open Hearing On Deregulation Stacked, Opponents Claim

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig convenes The Power Summit today. The daylong gathering of experts is extensively underwritten by substantial contributors to Craig’s 1996 re-election that have a vested interest in …

Doubletree Takes Leap Into Future Fuel Cell Helps To Power Hotel

WWP project manager Harold Wilkinson prepares to open the doors on the fuel cell installed at the downtown Doubletree Hotel. It is the first commercial fuel cell sited anywhere in …

Wwp Enters Into Transmission Pact

Washington Water Power Co. has signed an agreement with Portland General Electric that will lock in some of the transmission capacity needed to sell power in California. The pact signed …

Wwp Hires Bpa Official For Key Post

Washington Water Power Co. has hired a Bonneville Power Administration vice president as western regional manager. Judi Johansen will assume her new duties Nov. 1, said WWP Vice President Gary …

Kootenai Electric Board May Grant 10 Percent Rate Cut

Residential customers of Kootenai Electric Cooperative will get a 10 percent rate cut if the utility’s board of directors approved the proposal Oct. 29. An average homeowner using 1,200 kilowatts …

Tenneco Strikes Deal With El Paso Energy

El Paso Energy Corp. said Wednesday it will acquire Tenneco Inc.’s energy division in a $4 billion deal that will effectively put Tenneco out of the energy business. The move …

Power Council Schedules Hearing Tuesday Meeting Will Focus On Fish, Wildlife Management

Spokane-area residents will get their best chance to testify on proposed changes to Northwest Power Planning Council fish and wildlife management efforts Tuesday. The options that emerged from a council …

Creston Backers Plan Second Project

Backers of a proposed natural gas-fired power plant at Creston, Wash., have optioned a site for a second, smaller plant in Columbia County, officials said Monday. Steve Strasser, president of …

Montana Smelter Shuns Bpa, Buys Power From New Suppliers

Another Northwest smelter has decided to bypass the Bonneville Power Administration and shift a significant share of its electricity load to other suppliers. Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. announced Tuesday it …

Power Outrage Aging Underground Power Lines Are Causing Repeated Blackouts For Hundreds Of Vera Customers

1. Vera employees Dan Simpson and Rod Doyle connect a new power line to a transformer on East 17th Avenue. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Dan Simpson and Rod …

Vote Asked So City Gets State Grant Bond Part Of Athol’s $667,000 Water Project

Athol voters will head to the polls today to decide whether to approve a $70,000 bond to improve the Idaho city’s feeble water pressure. Mayor Jean Hill said Monday night, …