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Mar 18 , 2014
We are proud to be a part of powering your future.
On March 13, 1889, Avista, formerly known as Washington Water Power, was incorporated eight months before the Washington Territory became a state. Today, the company is one of only three companies remaining in the state that are classified as Territorial Corporations – incorporated before Washington’s statehood. (See a Video of the presentation.)
The company began on the banks of the Spokane River with the Monroe Street plant, using hydropower to generate electricity for the growing city of Spokane Falls. Today, clean, renewable resources remain a significant part of the company’s diversified mix for energy generation.


Over the generations of providing energy services, one thing has remained constant for our company: We are honored to provide the energy and resources that have helped families and commerce be successful, whether it is in the home, enjoying the outdoors or building successful businesses. We’re proud to call each community we serve “home,” and we’re proud to be your partner in bringing energy for life.
We invite you to visit our Avista Legacy website to get a wonderful overview of our company through our new video and to experience the rich history of our company through our Centennial Book, published in 1989 and our new 125th Anniversary Commemorative Book.

History by Region
Our service territory spans more than 30,000 miles throughout Washington, Northern Idaho, and Oregon. The communities we serve have a rich history that we’re proud to be part of. We’ve captured some of these highlights in our 125th Anniversary Tabloid. You can view it online or download and print. We hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane by region.
Huntington Park in Downtown Spokane to open in May
On May 2, 2014, Avista will celebrate the renovation of Huntington Park, property the company owns along the banks of the Spokane River, just west of Spokane’s City Hall. The renovation and enhancements include work on the walkways, grassy areas and structures to provide residents and visitors greater access to the river and views of the falls.
Huntington Park
A new plaza at City Hall will be dedicated that day as a gift to Spokane in celebration of the company’s 125 anniversary. The new plaza will create open-air space for gatherings and river viewing, and includes two water features and a fire feature.
For the first time in more than 100 years, the view of the spectacular lower falls of the Spokane River will be opened up for easy viewing from the park, the plaza or the streets of Spokane.
Learn more about Huntington Park.
Salmon Chief to oversee Huntington Park
Artist Virgil “Smoker” Marchand created an inspirational Native American sculpture – Salmon Chief - to oversee Huntington Park, which will be dedicated in May.
Marchand says the sculpture represents a Native American tradition of a man who was appointed to ensure all area tribes received enough Salmon to make it through the winter.
The Native American sitting atop his horse is raising the salmon like a blessing to the river. The horse and man statute is over 12-feet tall and took more than three weeks to make. Several other pieces will be added to the display in the spring.
Salmon Chief
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Mar 12 , 2014
Bangladesh visit Avista
Why would engineers from Bangladesh come all the way to Spokane? To see Avista’s smart grid upgrades up close and personal, of course.
Members of Bangladesh’s Rural Electrification Board are spending several weeks in Pullman learning about power engineering from Washington State University faculty. Their curriculum includes a field trip to Avista.
They learned about the investments Avista’s made to transform Pullman, Wash into the region’s first “smart city,” toured one of our state-of-the art substations and traveled to Spokane to meet with 3 Avista engineers who are leading our grid modernization projects. They saw first-hand how the switches, sensors and software we’ve installed are improving reliability for customers and enhancing the energy efficiency of our distribution system.
“We are working for the villagers,” said Abdul Aziz, an executive engineer with the Rural Electrification Board. “We are learning methods at WSU that will help us bring the villagers better service and an improved distribution system.”
Our friends from Bangladesh learned a lot from our engineers -- and they’ll bring those lessons home.
We can’t wait to share our knowledge with another group of Bangladesh visitors later this month. 

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Mar 11 , 2014
Post Falls Dam
On Thursday, March 13th Avista Utilities is hosting a public information meeting to update the community on details for the restoration and upgrade of the over 100-year-old South Channel Dam at the Post Falls Hydroelectric Development (HED). The meeting will take place from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers at the Post Falls City Administration Building, 408 N. Spokane Street.
The public is invited to attend the event, which will outline the project details and construction plans. The presentation will be followed by an open Q&A session where you can talk with project experts. Q’emiln Park, including the boat launch, swim area, trailhead and pavilion, and the Spokane River between the Spokane Street Bridge and the boaters safety cables are expected to be open as normal this summer with limited exceptions.
The construction methods that will be used in the project were chosen to minimize disruption in the area, while protecting the safety of the public, environment and wildlife. The project, designed to restore the dam located on the south channel of the Spokane River near Q’emiln Park, is expected to begin this spring with construction completed by December 2014 and final road work and landscaping to be completed in spring 2015.
It’s easy to stay up-to-date on project information and impacts. Just send us an email at and you will be added to the distribution list for our email alerts. Be sure to type "Post Falls Updates" in the subject line and include your name and email address in the body text. You can also get timely project information, including the project fact sheet on our website. Just type “Post Falls Dam” in the Ask a Question field.

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