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Spokane, Wash.: SPOKANE, Wash. – July 11, 2007: Avista is seeking 100 customers in select areas of Sandpoint and Moscow, Idaho, to participate in a two-year pilot program to test equipment that could help reduce the demand for electricity during peak times when energy prices are substantially higher than normal.
Under the pilot program, Avista will install for volunteer customers either radio-controlled programmable thermostats or demand switches that will allow the company to remotely adjust customer equipment during times of critical peak electric demand. Avista plans to make the equipment adjustments a minimum of four times a year, with each adjustment lasting from four to six hours. Customers in the pilot program will be alerted to an upcoming adjustment via a signal but will have the option to decline the adjustment.
Customers testing the controllable thermostat will receive a heating or HVAC system inspection, along with the thermostat which they can keep at the end of the pilot. Customers testing the demand response switch will receive an audit on all equipment controlled by the switch plus a $10 a month credit for the months of July, August, and December through February.
To participate in the program, customers must be homeowners or business owners occupying the premises for at least one year on a full-time basis and have electric heating, water heating or central air conditioning. The pilot will explore the effects of demand response on both winter and summer peak loads.
Bruce Folsom, senior manager of Avista’s demand side management programs, said the pilot program is a good way to engage customers as the company looks to the future.
“With the demand for energy continuing to rise along with prices, Avista is looking for cost-effective ways to meet demand while providing customers with the tools they need to make wise energy choices. This pilot program will help Avista determine if the technology works for us, if it has an impact on loads and if our customers are supportive of the program,” Folsom said. “At the end of the two-year pilot, we’ll look closely at the results to determine our next steps.”
Customers interested in participating in the pilot program should call Avista at
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 346,000 electric and 306,000 natural gas customers in three western states. Avista’s non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ (www.advantageIQ.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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