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Avista Offers Incentive for Washington Customers Who Generate Renewable Energy
Program Can Help Customers Offset High Costs of Installing Renewable Energy System

SPOKANE, Wash., Sept. 15 // -- Avista Utilities' residential and small business customers in Washington who produce electricity with qualifying renewable energy systems are eligible to receive an annual bill credit under a new Avista program.

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The Renewable Generation Incentive (RGI) program provides incentives to participating Avista Utilities customers who generate their own electricity using wind, solar or an anaerobic digester. The incentive level varies based upon the type of renewable energy system used and if the system components are manufactured in Washington.

"Avista's Renewable Generation Incentive is a long-term approach to help our customers recover their substantial investment in small-scale renewable energy systems," said Patrick Lynch, energy solutions director for Avista Utilities. "The RGI program incentive will help offset the typically high upfront cost of a renewable energy system."

Avista's new RGI program is an outgrowth from the recently implemented Washington State law to provide incentives for the manufacture and installation of renewable energy systems.

"Avista has a long-standing commitment to renewable energy with about 57 percent of our electric generation capacity coming from renewable hydropower, wood waste and wind power. We are also committed to conservation through a number of energy efficiency programs. The Washington State law provides Avista with a new way to help our customers," Lynch said.

In order to qualify for the RGI program, a customer must have an interconnection agreement in place with Avista. Customers should contact Avista before purchasing a system so that interconnection and metering arrangements may be made. For information on receiving the incentive or obtaining an interconnection agreement, visit http://www.avistautilities.com/ or call (800) 227-9187.

Avista (NYSE: AVA) 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 339,000 electric and 298,000 natural gas customers in three western states. Avista's non-regulated subsidiaries include Avista Advantage and Avista Energy. Avista Corp.'s stock is traded under the ticker symbol "AVA." For more information about Avista, please visit http://www.avistacorp.com/.

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