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Avista Crews Worked Throughout the Weekend to Restore Power to Customers
Utility crews met the challenge to clean up from regional wind storm

SPOKANE, Wash. – Dec. 18, 2006: Working around the clock, utility crews and support personnel restored power and responded to storm damage throughout eastern Washington and North Idaho. Avista appreciates the patience and understanding of our customers during the restoration which at times was slowed by continued high winds and potentially dangerous work conditions.

By Monday morning, nearly 99 percent of all storm-related outages have been restored. Due to the extensive storm damage there are a small number of customers who are still experiencing trouble. These customers, primarily in the Deer Park and Coeur d’Alene areas, have suffered significant damage due to the wind and are in the more remote areas of our community.

“Avista crews and support staff have done a tremendous job responding to this wind storm. The damage to our system was extensive. Fortunately, we were able to restore power to the majority of our customers very quickly. The only thing more important than the prompt restoration of service, is the safety of our employees and the public,” said Don Kopczynski, vice president of transmission and distribution operations for Avista Utilities.

If you’re still without power, please call Avista at (800) 227-9187 to let us know. Please stay on the line and follow the prompts to complete your outage report. The integrated voice response (IVR) system provides the latest outage information to customers and quickly captures thousands of calls to expedite the restoration process.

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 341,000 electric and 298,000 natural gas customers in three western states. Avista’s non-regulated subsidiaries include Advantage IQ 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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