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Avista Puts Safety First While Restoring Power for Customers
Power has been restored to nearly 30,000 customers

SPOKANE, Wash. – Dec. 15, 2006, 11:00 a.m.:  All available Avista crews remain hard at work restoring power to the 22,701 customers who remain without power after high winds blew through the Pacific Northwest region early this morning. Uprooted trees and broken limbs have fallen across power lines, triggering numerous outages.


Thanks to the hard work of Avista crews and support personnel, power has already been restored to nearly 30,000 customers. That marks significant progress. At the height of the storm, 52,560 customers lost power. Currently, customers in the following areas remain without service:


Spokane area – 4,403

Coeur d’Alene area – 8,212

Colville/Davenport/Othello – 5,970

Palouse – 1,320


The remaining outages are scattered throughout our service territory.


Safety First

Due to the extensive number of downed power lines, remember to always put safety first.


Customer safety:

If you see a downed power line, stay away. Never touch or attempt to remove fallen limbs from downed or sagging power lines. Treat all power lines as if they are energized or are carrying electrical current. Also keep all children and pets away from the area. Remember to call Avista immediately at (800) 227-9187 to report the location of the downed power line.


Avista Crew Safety:  Safety is our top priority as Avista crews work to restore power to customers as quickly and safely as possible. Avista crews are concentrating on areas that when repaired, will restore service to the largest number of customers. Restoration work will then move to neighborhood services lines, to transformers that serve small blocks of customers, and then to individual customers.

Generator safety: Customers with portable generators are reminded that improperly installed generators can backfeed into electrical lines and endanger the lives of emergency workers and your neighbors. The only safe method of using a portable generator is to plug electrical appliances into the generator. The generator’s exhaust can be deadly, so it is essential that the unit’s exhaust be properly ventilated.

During a Power Outage
To aid customers and crews during outages, Avista suggests customers take the following steps:

  • Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment, especially sensitive electronic equipment, even if you have surge protectors.
  • Set heating thermostats at the lowest possible temperature.
  • Turn on a porch light so repair crews and you will know when power is restored to your home.
  • Do not cook indoors with charcoal or other fuels or cook on items not meant for indoor use, such as a grill. They can create deadly fumes if used indoors.
  • Keep your refrigerator closed as much as possible.

Avista will continue to provide regular updates in time for major media deadlines as restoration efforts continue. In the meantime, please allow our crews to work uninterrupted, so they can work safely and focus on restoring power for our customers.

Please remind customers about safety tips: stay away from downed power lines and what to do during a power outage.

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 341,000 electric and 298,000 natural gas customers in three western states. Avista’s non-regulated subsidiaries include Advantage IQ and Avista Energy. 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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