Jan 20 , 2012
Events are free and provide ideas and demos to keep warm air in and cold air out
 

Energy fair
energy fair
Each year our customers ask for help in managing their energy use and costs during the winter. Well, there’s an easy – and free – answer to your request. For the second year Avista is hosting Energy Fairs in select communities in our service area. The next fairs are planned for Coeur d’Alene on Jan. 28 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Lake City Center, 1916 N. Lakewood Drive and in Spokane on Feb. 8, from 3 - 6 p.m. at the Northeast Community Center, 4001 Cook St.

The energy fairs offer a broad range of ideas and demonstrations that will help residents keep the warm air inside and the cold air outside their homes. They’re also a great way for customers to conveniently access Avista’s many services, as well as valuable community resources. Information about payment options, energy assistance and energy efficiency will be especially helpful to those struggling to pay their bills.

Fair attendees can speak with Avista staff and learn first-hand about low-cost and no-cost energy efficiency tips. They’ll see how to install such things as rope caulk, window plastic and door sweeps. And following each demonstration, Avista employees will answer questions and provide free samples of each item used in the demonstration. And we’ll have community agencies there, as well, that will provide helpful information about weatherization programs, budgeting and free tax preparation services, safety and independence resources for seniors, job search programs and more.

For the kids, and the kids at heart, Wattson, Avista’s Energy Watchdog, will guide attendees through fun, energy-focused crafts and presentations of his musical message of energy efficiency and safety. Free admission to the event includes all demonstrations, free samples of energy efficiency materials, complimentary food and beverages, and door prizes. Read more about the upcoming energy fair.
 
Published: 1/20/2012  4:00 PM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

Jan 17 , 2012
Avista employees at MLK Day Unity March in Spokane

Photo by Brandi Smith
 
A few dozen employees turned out for the Unity March in downtown Spokane on Monday, Jan. 16 in honor of diversity and to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event was well attended with thousands of people from diverse backgrounds gathering to show their support. Avista contributed to the community event by not only showing our support in numbers, but by sponsoring the keynote speaker, Rev. Stephen J. Thurston, president of the National Baptist Convention of America.
Published: 1/17/2012  8:55 AM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

Nov 29 , 2011
Powering Our Future Video
 
Post by Brandi Smith, Video by Dan Kolbet

 
Powering Our Future
The Powering Our Future event featured an interactive
game in resource planning. Participants worked in
small groups to build upon an existing resource mix
portfolio in order to meet the energy needs of their
customers over the next 20 years.
Powering Our Future
The purpose of the game was to educate our
customers about the complexities of the power
planning process and to help them understand how
Avista plans for our energy future while meeting
renewable portfolio standards in a cost-effective
way.
Avista hosted another successful Powering Our Future event, the third in a series, on Thursday, Nov. 17 at CenterPlace in Spokane Valley. The evening was filled with thoughtful insight, conversation and even a game that put guests in the shoes of a power supply planner for a northwest utility company.  The event required reservations, but was open to the public and free to attend.

Dick Storro, Avista’s Vice-President of energy resources, kicked off the event before keynote speaker, Jim Yost, from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council spoke about the importance of balancing the environmental and energy needs of the Northwest. Bob Lafferty, Avista’s Director of Power Supply, teed up the rest of the evening with an engaging discussion about how Avista plans to meet customers’ needs reliably and responsibly while integrating renewable resources.

The evening then shifted gears with an interactive game in power planning. Participants worked in small groups to build upon an existing portfolio of resources in order to meet energy needs of customers over the next 20 years. They were able to choose from a mix of resources such as solar, wind, coal, nuclear power, natural gas, conservation, biomass and hydroelectric power.

Once the groups decided on their preferred resource strategy, they were able to see the impact of their decisions on a computer module. The module displayed how their choices impacted carbon emissions, energy costs, the ability to meet peak demand and whether or not their preferred mix satisfied Washington State renewable energy credits.

“The interactive element of the program helped our guests understand the complexities of the power planning process,” Lafferty said. “By giving them a game to play, they were able to see the cost and environmental tradeoffs of their decisions as well as whether their choices met peak demand.”

The event was capped off with a lively question and answer session followed by a social hour where attendees were given the opportunity to mingle with speakers and Avista employees. The purpose of the event was to educate customers about how Avista plans for the future of energy while also meeting renewable portfolio standards in a cost-effective way. 
Published: 11/29/2011  12:22 PM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

Nov 22 , 2011
 
Tom's Turkey Drive donation
KREM-2's Tom Sherry, accepts a check from Avista employees and the Avista Foundation for
Tom's Turkey Drive. Presenting the check are Avista's Scott Morris and Dennis Vermillion.

Post by Laurine Jue
 
Tom Sherry
Tom Sherry
Many of us are planning a last-minute run to the grocery store to pick up a few remaining ingredients for your favorite stuffing or grandma’s pumpkin pie. Yet for many families in our region, a Thanksgiving feast is simply not in the budget.

During these difficult times, the generosity of Avista’s employees never ceases to amaze me. This month’s focus of their giving was KREM-2’s Tom’s Turkey Drive. In a few short days, employees donated $7,820 and the Avista Foundation matched the amount for a grand total of $15,640. It’s a new record for Avista employees who have supported Tom’s Turkey Drive for several years. We presented the check to KREM-2’s Tom Sherry last week. Thanks to Avista employees, 1,042 families will sit down to a turkey dinner this Thanksgiving.

While Thanksgiving traditionally marks the beginning of the season of giving, Avista’s employees contribute their time, talent and treasure all year long – in so many ways. In 2010, Avista employees donated more than 44,000 community volunteer hours to over 600 organizations in the three states we serve. Every year, we contribute financially to United Way, March of Dimes, Project Share and many others. They donate backpacks and school supplies to students in Spokane’s schools, thousands of pounds of food to the Women and Children’s Free Restaurant and clothes to My Sister’s Closet. The list of opportunities to “give back” goes on and on.

So as we give thanks this holiday, I’d like to say, “Thank you” to Avista’s employees, whose big hearts are making a difference for the people in the communities where we live, work and play.
Published: 11/22/2011  3:59 PM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

Nov 11 , 2011
Memorial slide show
 
Local Avista crews helped erect the flag pole, bring power to site
 
Post, audio and photos by Dan Kolbet
 
Over the past several years the Deer Park Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3067, with the assistance of Avista and several other groups has worked to build a memorial for Armed Forces personnel. The colorful new memorial, called the Veterans of Foreign Wars / Deer Park Memorial was unveiled today at Bluebird Park in Deer Park in front of a crowd of honored veterans, families and even young children with the day off from school.

Avista assisted the project by helping erect the flag pole and bringing overhead power to the location for lighting and other needs. Avista Utilities and Frank Binder, Deer Park District Manager, were thanked by Deer Park and VFW officials for their dedication to the project.

As today is Veterans Day, it’s certainly fitting to unveil this wonderful memorial.

On behalf of all Avista employees, we salute our United States Armed Forces. Thank you for your service.
 
Listen to VFW Commander Thomas Tradewell’s speech at the memorial dedication. A bugle-player performs Taps, as the audio ends. (The audio begins just a few sentences into Commander Tradewell's speech).
 
Audio player
Published: 11/11/2011  4:15 PM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

Nov 10 , 2011
Post by Brandi Smith
Powering Our Future activity
Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a
hands-on exercise in energy resource planning with
real-time feedback on the impact of their decisions.
 
Hydroelectric. Wind. Biomass. Natural gas. Coal. Conservation. What mix of power resources will best meet customers’ need for energy throughout each day, each year and into the future? Find out this and more at the next installment of Avista’s Powering Our Future event series that has been taking place since 2010.

At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on exercise in energy resource planning with real-time feedback on how your decisions could impact customer costs, carbon emissions and Avista’s ability to meet customers’ need for reliable energy supply.

Avista planning experts will shed some light on the process of balancing energy resources with customer needs, cost, and federal and state mandates and regulations.

Don’t miss out on this one of a kind event scheduled for Thursday, November 17 from 4-7 p.m. with an optional social hour following the event from 7- 8 p.m.

There is no admission charge to attend, but seating is limited. If you would like to attend reservations can be made online at: www.poweringourfuture.eventbrite.com.

 
Published: 11/10/2011  4:01 PM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

Nov 04 , 2011
slideshow
 
Post by Dan Kolbet
 
Last evening more than 350 individuals stopped by Avista’s Energy Fair at the West Central Community Center in Spokane. Fairgoers were treated to energy efficiency demonstrations and provided free samples to get their home projects underway this heating season. It’s time to keep the warm air in and the cold air out.
 
Community agencies: SNAP, Second Harvest Food Bank, Money Management Int. and WorkSource were on hand to provide information.
 
Avista customer service representatives met with customers on site and discussed any account or billing questions.
Kids of all ages learned about energy, energy efficiency and safety from Wattson, Avista’s Energy Watchdog, who sang and danced his way into their hearts.
 
A hearty meal was also provided through Christ Kitchen. 
 
Events like this are free to the community, but often are invaluable for our customers.  Similar events, which are staffed by Avista employees, have been held previously in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Clarkston. Stay tuned to the blog for the next event in early 2012.
 
If you attended the event last night, let us know what you thought about it here.
 
Published: 11/4/2011  1:33 PM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

Nov 01 , 2011

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Post by Dan Kolbet
 
If you're a customer in Eastern Washington (like me), you may have recieved the following invitation to the Avista Energy Fair at the West Central Community Center. Just in case, I thought I'd re-post the invite here.
 
Dear Avista Customer,
 
We would like to invite you to the Avista Energy Fair at the West Central Community Center located at 1603 N. Belt, Spokane, WA on Thursday, November 3, 2011, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
 
Wattson
Avista employees and community service providers will be on hand to answer questions about the following: 
• Bill Assistance – Avista customer service representatives can answer billing questions, provide information about payment options and refer to energy assistance programs. You can also learn how to use Avista’s free online Bill Analyzer.
• Energy Efficiency – See low-cost and no-cost efficiency demonstrations to help keep your home warm like rope caulking, door sweeps and window plastic. Free samples will be handed out.
• Community Assistance – Avista and community service providers will be on hand to answer questions about energy assistance, weatherization and other topics.
• Kids Meet Wattson – Stop by and see Wattson the Energy Watchdog! Kids' activities include crafts, dancing and interactive games
 
Parking is free and there will be complimentary food and beverages, door prizes and activities for the kids.
 
Avista will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations requested for individuals with disabilities.  Please contact Lisa at Avista, (509) 495-8024 or email lisa.lee@avistacorp.com if accommodations are needed.
 
Sincerely,
 
Avista Utilities
Published: 11/1/2011  3:01 PM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

Oct 18 , 2011
Hockey Night in Spokane is also energy efficiency night
 
Post by Dan Kolbet

Chiefs
Avista is hosting an energy efficiency night with the Spokane Chiefs on Friday, Oct. 21. The event will help raise awareness of energy efficiency and Avista’s programs. Employees from Demand Side Management will staff an informational table at the Spokane Arena to share information and answer customers questions.

Throughout the night the Chiefs will announce energy efficiency tips and feature performances by Wattson, Avista’s energy watchdog.

The first 5,000 attendees will receive a souvenir flashing glow light – perfect for trick or treating safety. Attendees will also be able to enter to win an energy efficient washer and dryer. Sorry, employees aren’t eligible.

Avista employees are encouraged to stop by the informational table to show your support and say hello to your co-workers who will be sharing the message of energy efficiency with our customers.
 
Published: 10/18/2011  3:28 PM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

Oct 18 , 2011
 
Cold weather is on the way – there’s no getting around it. So, before it hits with all its fury, it’s a good time to reach out and provide information about bill assistance and energy efficiency. Two Avista Energy Fairs are scheduled this fall to do just that – Lewiston/Clarkston on October 22 and Spokane on November 3.

“We’ve done two fairs in Spokane and one in Coeur d’Alene over the past year and they have been well attended. We’re pleased that people are finding value in the energy efficiency demonstrations and weatherization materials they receive,” said Anne Marie Axworthy, Avista’s director of consumer affairs. “It’s great to take customer service opportunities like the Energy Fair out to where it’s convenient for our customers. Our hope is that the information about billing options, energy assistance and energy efficiency is helpful to those struggling to pay their bills and also of benefit for anyone who wants to better manage their energy use.”

Avista employees and community service providers will be on hand to answer questions about the following:
 
• Bill Assistance – Avista customer service representatives will answer billing questions, provide information about payment options and refer customers to energy assistance programs. And they will demonstrate how to use Avista’s free online Bill Analyzer to get more information about managing your energy bill.
• Energy Efficiency – See low-cost and no-cost efficiency demonstrations to help keep your home warm like rope caulking, door sweeps and window plastic. Free samples will be handed out.
• Community Assistance – Avista and community service providers will be on hand to answer questions about energy assistance, weatherization, and other topics.

For the kids, and the kids at heart, Wattson, Avista’s energy watchdog, will guide attendees through his musical message of energy efficiency and safety. Employee volunteers will have craft projects and interactive activities available to keep little hands busy while taking a break from the information tables. Food and beverages, door prizes and a grand prize basket that includes a Housewarming Certificate will also be available to all participants.

What you need to know
Saturday, October 22: Walla Walla Community College, 1470 Bridge St., Clarkston, Wash. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
 
Thursday, November 3: West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt St., Spokane, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Published: 10/18/2011  3:21 PM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

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