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Avista Provides Efficiency Rebates to School Districts for Energy Saving Upgrades
Avista will present a 2007 rebate check for over $248,000 to the Board of Directors of Spokane Public Schools tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Spokane, Wash. – Feb. 13, 2008:  Schools throughout Avista’s eastern Washington and northern Idaho service area, as well as across the nation, are wrestling with declining budgets and many are looking at every opportunity to reduce expenses. That’s where Avista comes in.


In 2007, 20 school districts and private schools that are Avista customers took advantage of Avista’s energy efficiency rebate and incentive programs and received almost $763,000 in total rebates for a savings of 3.7 million kilowatt hours and more than 69,000 therms of natural gas. Just in electric savings alone, that’s enough energy to power about 300 homes for one year.


The rebates and incentives are provided to schools that upgrade dated facilities equipment to more energy efficient models. The amount of the rebate is calculated on the annual energy savings of each project.


Bruce Folsom, Avista’s senior manager of demand side management, said the programs are a win-win for schools and for Avista.


“The rebates offered by Avista can sometimes make a difference in whether or not a school or district can implement certain energy efficiency measures. Replacing aging HVAC systems, boilers, lighting and other operating equipment can be a costly up-front investment, even though the upgraded equipment will immediately begin saving energy and costs for the schools,” Folsom said. “Avista provides incentives for customers because reduced energy usage is more cost-effective than building or purchasing more energy. Plus, it’s a way for customers to better manage their energy use and resulting costs while having a positive environmental impact. ”


Spokane Public Schools has taken advantage of Avista’s energy efficiency rebates for new construction and upgrades to its facilities, including Lincoln Heights Elementary School which has received LEED certification, and Lidgerwood and Ridgeview Elementary schools, which meet the new Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol.  Avista will be presenting the Board of Directors for Spokane Public Schools with a 2007 energy efficiency rebate check for $248,499 at the Board’s Feb. 13 meeting at 7:00 p.m., 200 N. Bernard.


“The incentives that Avista provides are critical to our ability to provide cost effective, efficient, sustainable public schools,” said John Mannix, executive director of Facilities and Planning for Spokane Public Schools. “These incentives help defray the sometimes higher initial cost of building systems and allow us to install components that are the most cost effective over the life of the building, and thus a benefit to the school district as well as the general public.”


Avista offers energy efficiency rebate and incentive programs for residential and industrial customers, in addition to programs for commercial customers, such as schools. In total, Avista customers saved 53.7 million kilowatt hours in 2007 – enough energy to power over 4,500 homes – and more than 1.5 million therms of natural gas.


For information on the programs and for other energy saving information, visit www.avistautilities.com/everylittlebit.


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 352,000 electric and 311,000 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.


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