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UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Washington regulators deny Avista request for ratepayers to cover additional power costs after Montana coal plant closure

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission issued a 2-1 ruling Friday that prevents the utility from charging its customers $3.2 million in additional power costs after a coal plant in …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Partial settlement reached in Avista request for rate increases

Avista Corp. has reached a partial settlement in its request to increase electric and natural gas rates, an agreement that would help fund costs associated with the eventual closure of …

Millwood wins grant for warning devices at Marguerite Street rail crossing

The money was part of $1.5 million in rail safety grant funds awarded Monday by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.

High-speed broadband to increase in parts of Spokane and Stevens counties

Some rural homes and business Spokane and Stevens counties will get high-speed broadband in the future with the help of federal funding.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018

Avista, Hydro One say Washington regulators erred in blocking $5.3 billion sale

Washington regulators erred when they blocked Avista Corp.’s sale to Hydro One Ltd. by exaggerating the political risks to Avista’s customers from the province of Ontario’s ownership in Hydro One, …

Plan for public group to buy Avista has major obstacles

Setting up a public entity to buy Avista may be unprecedented and definitely faces obstacles.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018

Avista and Hydro One ask Washington regulators to reconsider denial of $5.3 billion sale

Avista Corp. and Hydro One Ltd. will ask Washington regulators to reconsider their Dec. 5 decision denying the $5.3 billion sale of Avista to the Toronto utility.

Avista deal began to unravel over the summer with Ontario elections

A hearing in Olympia last May offered hints that Avista Corp.’s sale to Hydro One Ltd. was headed for trouble.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018

Washington regulators shut down $5.3 billion Avista sale to Ontario’s Hydro One

Washington regulators denied Hydro One Ltd.’s proposed purchase of Avista Corp., finding the merger does not serve the public interest.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018

State regulators have tough questions regarding Avista sale to Canadian utility

Proposed Avista sale to Hydro One prompts tough questions from regulators after Canadian utility’s management shakeup.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018

Avista sale includes protections against Canadian government influence and rate hikes, consultant says

Avista Corp.’s proposed sale to Hydro One Ltd. has safeguards to protect local customers from Canadian government interference and rate hikes if Toronto-based utility runs into future financial troubles, says …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase trying to block Avista’s sale

Rob Chase doesn’t want Avista Corp. to sell to a Canadian utility, and the Spokane County commissioner candidate says he’s deploying a little-known part of federal laws to try to …

Avista proposes lower electric and natural gas rates in Washington starting Nov. 1

Avista’s Washington customers could see about $10 in savings each month on their combined electric and natural gas bills under a proposed rate reduction.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018

Hydro One appoints new board, wants review of Avista purchase to restart

Hydro One Ltd. has installed a new board of directors in the aftermath of a political shake-up that jolted the utility’s efforts to acquire Avista Corp. The Canadian utility wants …

Methodology for setting 2016 Avista rates was flawed, court finds

Avista Corp.’s 2016 rates for electricity and natural gas may need to be recalculated, following a successful court challenge.

UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018

Washington regulators delay decision on Avista sale

Washington regulators have extended a deadline to Dec. 14 for deciding whether Avista’s sale to Hydro One Ltd. would benefit customers.

UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018

Opponents worry about Canadian influence on Avista as regulators consider sale

Deliberations over the sale of Avista are heading into the final stretches, prompting utility customers who are opposed to speak up. Concerns about foreign ownership and future rates figure prominently …

UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018

Washington utilities must provide smart meter opt outs for residential customers

Washington’s electric and gas utilities must provide an opt out for customers who don’t want “smart meters” installed at their homes.

UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018

Washington regulators seek answers on foreign ownership, influence of Ontario politics on Avista’s future

Questions about foreign ownership and political influence were aired Tuesday during a regulatory hearing in Olympia on Avista’s proposed sale to the Canadian utility.

UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018

Avista needs more detail on Colstrip, carbon costs in its energy plan, regulators say

Avista Corp. and Washington’s other investor-owned utilities should reconsider their reliance on coal-fired electricity, state regulators say.

UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018

Avista’s three-year rate plan denied by Washington regulators; small electric increase approved

Washington regulators shot down Avista’s request for three years of rate increases on Thursday. Instead, they approved a 2.7 percent increase in residential electric rates starting May 1. Natural gas …

UPDATED: Mon., April 23, 2018

Washington regulators hear from skeptical crowd at hearing on Avista’s sale to Canadian utility

Avista customers told the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission on Monday they’re happy with their local electric and natural gas utility, and see little benefit from the company’s $5.3 billion …

Avista’s proposed sale to Hydro One subject of Monday hearing in Spokane Valley

A public hearing on Avista Corp.’s $5.3 billion sale to Hydro One Ltd. takes place Monday afternoon in the Spokane Valley City Council chambers.

UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018

Washington regulators receive proposed terms for Avista’s sale to Canadian utility

The sale of Avista Corp. to a Canadian utility cleared a major hurdle Tuesday, when the parties outlined conditions in a proposed agreement with Washington regulators.

Don Brockett: Proposed Avista sale raises important questions

Before the Avista sale to Hydro One, a Canadian company, is approved, several questions should be answered for us, the ratepayers, and the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018

Rate reduction for Avista’s natural gas customers takes effect

Avista customers will pay less for natural gas this winter as a result of lower wholesale prices.

Utility customers could get breaks on electric, gas bills from federal tax reform

State regulators in Washington and Idaho are requiring investor-owned utilities to report anticipated savings from changes in the corporate tax rate. Any savings should be reflected in lower bills for …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017

Avista rate credits proposed as part of Hydro One deal

If Avista Corp. is purchased by Canadian company Hydro One, customers of the Spokane-based utility will receive rate credits worth $31 million over the next decade.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

Regulators say ‘no’ to Avista’s request for higher electric rates in Washington

State regulators have turned down Avista Corp.’s request to collect $15 million in additional electric revenue from Washington customers.

Avista deal largely defined by 2008 Puget Sound decision

Avista’s rates, charitable contributions and low-income assistance won’t change – at least not right away