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Avista Extending Natural Gas Service to Spirit Lake
Construction to begin in late July

Spokane, Wash.: SPOKANE, Wash. – July 18, 2007: Avista will begin a multi-year construction project in late July with construction scheduled for completion in 2010. The project will extend natural gas service to the approximately 750 residents and businesses in the city of Spirit Lake, Idaho.

A town hall meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the commons/lunch room at Timberlake High School, 5973 W. Highway 54, to help inform residents about the project.

The construction of a six-mile natural gas line extension along Highway 54 into Spirit Lake is expected to be completed by mid-October, and construction of distribution lines within the city is expected to be completed be the end of 2007. Avista anticipates that some customers could begin receiving natural gas service by mid-October.

“Spirit Lake is a rapidly growing community, and Avista is delighted to be offering residents the option of convenient, clean and dependable natural gas service,” said Mike Daniels, Avista gas construction manager. “At our upcoming town hall meeting, residents can learn more about the new natural gas service and about energy efficiency rebates and incentives that will help them enjoy the value of natural gas while better managing their energy use and costs.”

Spirit Lake residents can contact Avista at 1-877-GAS-TEAM (1-877-427-8326) for more information.

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 346,000 electric and 306,000 natural gas customers in three western states. Avista’s primary non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ. Avista Corp.’s stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com. Avista Corp. and the Avista Corp. logo are trademarks of Avista Corporation.

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