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Avista Files 2009 Natural Gas Resource Plan
Plan strives for price stability and adequate supplies

Spokane, Wash. Dec 31, 2009: Avista (NYSE: AVA) has filed its 2009 Natural Gas Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) with state regulators in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. The biennial plan forecasts natural gas demand and any new resources projected for the coming 20 years, which will help Avista continue to reliably provide natural gas to our customers.

The 2009 IRP forecasts sufficient natural gas supplies well into the future, indicating that additional resources will not be needed until 2018-2019 in Oregon and 2022-2023 in Washington and Idaho.

Avista has established aggressive energy efficiency goals to help reduce demand in the service area and thereby reduce the need for additional supplies. 

The IRP, submitted to the public utility commissions every two years, identifies and evaluates various resource options and establishes a plan of action for resource decisions. This planning is a significant component in meeting our obligation to provide reliable service to our customers.

The utility commissions will review the document and will provide an opportunity for comment. The IRP is available in electronic form on the Avista Utilities web site. http://www.avistautilities.com.

About Avista
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 355,000 homes and businesses and natural gas to 312,000 homes and businesses in three Western states, serving more than 492,000 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.

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding the company’s current expectations. Forward-looking statements are all statements other than historical facts. Such statements speak only as of the date of the news release and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations. These risks and uncertainties include, in addition to those discussed herein, all of the factors discussed in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2008, and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2009. 

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