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Avista Names New Othello Construction Manager
18-year company veteran has broad electric operations experience

Spokane, Wash., Aug. 7 // -- Avista has named Andy Vickers construction manager for Othello, Wash., effective Aug. 7. In his new role, Vickers will oversee all aspects of Avista's electric and natural gas operations for customers in Adams County and the towns of Connell and Kahlotus in northern Franklin County.

A native of Parma, Idaho, Vickers has held a number of engineering positions during his 18-year career with Avista, most recently working as a distribution engineer in the company's Spokane headquarters. He has been a long-time volunteer with the Spokane Ronald McDonald House Charities where he served on the board of directors and as the director of house operations.

"Andy brings a broad background in electric operations, coupled with a strong desire for community involvement," said Don Kopczynski, vice president of transmission and distribution operations for Avista Utilities. "He will be a great addition to Avista's operations and to the Othello community."

Vickers graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He is relocating to Othello from Spokane.

"I am excited to become part of the professional team that represents Avista in an important Washington community. I am looking forward to meeting and working with community leaders and customers in the Othello area, and in becoming involved in the community" Vickers said.

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 338,000 electric and 297,000 natural gas customers in three western states. Avista's non-regulated subsidiaries include Avista Advantage (www.avistaadvantage.com) and Avista Energy (www.avistaenergy.com). 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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Debbie Simock

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debbie.simock@avistacorp.com

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