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Avista Advantage adds Energy Manager to Consulting Services Team
Company increases focus on strategic energy management initiatives

Spokane, Wash., February 22// -- Avista Advantage, a subsidiary of Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA), continues to expand its energy conservation offerings by the addition of Mark Breuker, a Certified Energy Manager, to its consulting services team. This addition will allow Avista Advantage to strengthen its strategic energy management initiatives on behalf of clients.

Avista Advantage offers a suite of strategic energy management services that include advanced analysis and reporting, rate analysis and optimization, and supply side management. Over the past two years, the company has increased its focus and commitment to providing these and other consulting services to meet the needs of its growing client base.

"Lately it seems like the entire country is focused on energy consumption issues," said Ed Schlect, vice president of consulting services. "Avista Advantage has created a successful business model based on helping clients manage and reduce energy spending."

In his role as the director of energy consulting, Breuker will be responsible for leading and developing the company's energy management programs. Breuker joins Avista Advantage with more than 14 years of experience in the energy industry. For the last eight years, Breuker has been assisting retail, commercial, and industrial clients in establishing and implementing energy strategies that tie directly to corporate objectives and the realities of the ever-changing energy marketplace. As a Certified Energy Manager and registered Professional Engineer, Breuker has helped clients save millions of dollars through the implementation of supply-side and demand-side initiatives. He holds a masters degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

"Mark's talents and client focus will be a great asset to our continued growth in energy management services", said Schlect. "Advantage is committed to assisting our clients with the increasingly complex energy sector, and Mark's arrival allows us to increase this focus."

"I'm excited about joining the Avista Advantage team," said Breuker. "There is already an excellent team of professionals in place, providing top-notch consulting services to some of the most recognized brands in the country—and their 95 percent retention rate speaks volumes about the job they're doing. I look forward to being able to contribute to this effort."

Avista Advantage provides facility cost management services to more than 350 of the largest multi-site organizations in America, including invoice management, auditing, analysis and comprehensive reporting services. Advantage clients utilize the company's patented Facility IQ system to gain insight into utility, telecom and waste expenses, allowing them to effectively manage and understand their costs. Advantage continues to add to its customer base with an overall growth rate of 35 percent over the past year, including significant additions in the food service, entertainment and retail service sectors.

About Avista Advantage
Avista Advantage, founded in 1995, is the leading provider of expense management and facility intelligence tools designed to cut costs out of utility, telecom and waste services. Through process and pay, audit, reporting and consulting services, our patented technology and services provide multi-site companies with critical, yet easy-to-access information, enabling them to proactively manage and reduce facility-related expenses. Avista Advantage's patented Facility IQ™ System provides online access to consolidated costs as well as powerful analytical consulting services and real-time, flexible reporting tools. For more information about Avista Advantage, visit the company's website at www.avistaadvantage.com.

About Avista Corp.
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 a company operating division that provides service to 330,000 electric and 305,000 natural gas customers in three western states. Avista's non-regulated subsidiaries include Avista Advantage and Avista Energy. Avista Corp.'s stock is traded under the ticker symbol "AVA." For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.

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