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Avista Names New Othello Operations Manager
33-year company veteran brings broad operations experience

SPOKANE, Wash. – Oct. 29, 2008:  Avista has named Bill Pickett operations manager for Adams County where he will be responsible for managing all aspects of Avista’s electric operations. Pickett assumed his new responsibilities on Sept. 29.

A native of Spokane, Wash., Pickett most recently served as a general foreman in Spokane. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and a lifetime member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) and has been active in community theatre. Pickett will be relocating to Othello from Spokane.

Don Kopczynski, vice president of transmission and distribution operations for Avista, said Pickett brings a wealth of experience to his new position.

“Bill has been with Avista for 33-years, and during that time he has served in a number of technical and customer-focused positions. He will be a great addition to Avista’s operations and to the community,” said Kopczynski.

“I’m looking forward to working with our customers in Adams County and to becoming actively involved in the community. I’m joining a great team here, and we’ll continue working to provide the highest quality and most efficient service for our over 6,000 customers in this area,” Pickett 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 our operating division that provides service to 351,000 electric and 310,000 natural gas customers in three Western states. 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. Avista Corp. and the Avista Corp. logo are trademarks of Avista Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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