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Avista Continues to Urge Voluntary Electric Conservation

Spokane, Wash., July 25// -- Avista is urging its residential and commercial electric costumers to continue their voluntarily energy conservation efforts. Electrical supplies throughout the regions have been stretched because of ongoing record high temperatures across the west.

Electric customers throughout the Inland Northwest are being asked to refrain from continuously using their air conditioning and other large electrical appliances, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Avista places the safety of the general public and its personnel above any other consideration. Customers with medical concerns and the elderly should first consider their health and safety before taking any curtailment steps.

Typically, Avista's electric average hourly load is 1,046 megawatts. Avista is normally a winter peaking utility. For example, peak load for 2005 was 1,660 MW on Dec. 8. Yesterday, Avista's peak load reached 1,642 MW. Without immediate energy conservation, officials forecasted demand for electricity could have hit an all time high for electric demand. However, temperatures continue to be well above normal, and customers are urged to conserve energy.

In addition to turning up thermostats and minimizing use of heat producing appliances between the hours of 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Avista also suggest the following energy conservation measures:

. Avoid using the clothes dryer or other heavy-duty appliances.
. Keep blinds and drapes closed during the hottest part of the day to block the sun's heat.
. On hot days, cook outside, use a microwave oven or prepare cold meats to avoid excess heat in the kitchen.
. Remember that room air conditioners are generally least efficient if they have to cool more than one room at a time.
. Replace air conditioning filters frequently and make sure central air conditioning units are clear of debris.
. For complete list of tips on staying cool during hot weather visit www.avistautilities.com.

Avista 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 338,000 electric and 297,000 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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Catherine Markson




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