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Avista’s Energy Saving Programs Help North Idaho College Be Green and Save Green
Energy efficiency incentives check for over $88,000 to be presented by Avista on Friday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Feb. 24, 2010: North Idaho College (NIC) has made a number of major energy efficiency improvements to campus facilities that have qualified the college for more than $88,000 in energy efficiency incentives from Avista.


By upgrading the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) equipment and adding controls to five campus buildings, NIC will reduce its annual energy costs by $30,000 and save enough electricity to power 15 homes for one year and serve 23 homes with natural gas. Campus buildings receiving the upgrades are Winston/Post, Hedlund Auto Body Shop, Molstead Library, Lee-Kildow Hall and River Building. 


“Avista has been an exceptional partner throughout this project. We plan to re-invest the rebate check into future energy-saving projects on campus, so we can continue to reap the rewards of being energy efficient,” said Bill McElver, North Idaho College physical plant supervisor. “NIC looks forward to continuing our partnership with Avista and to being both green and saving green in the future.”


McElver will receive Avista’s energy efficiency incentive check on Friday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m., at the Fort Sherman Officer’s Quarters, West 917 Garden Avenue on the NIC campus.  Presenting the check will be Sharmon Schmitt, an Avista commercial-industrial customer account executive.


“North Idaho College is a great example of how businesses can take advantage of Avista’s energy efficiency programs to help manage their energy costs,” said Bruce Folsom, Avista’s director of energy efficiency. “We are excited for NIC to enjoy the long-lasting benefits and savings of implementing energy efficient systems.”


Avista offers a variety of energy efficiency rebates, incentives and other energy management tools for residential, commercial and industrial customers. For over three decades Avista has offered the tariff-based programs because generally it costs less to help customers reduce their usage through energy efficiency programs than to acquire additional, more costly energy resources. Information on Avista’s range of energy efficiency programs is available at www.everylittlebit.com.


Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides electric service to 356,000 homes and businesses and natural gas to 316,000 homes and businesses in three Western states, serving more than 485,000 customers.  Avista’s primary, non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ.  Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.”  For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.


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