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Avista Takes Precautionary Measures for Dry Weather Conditions

September 13, 2011: Avista is undertaking temporary changes to power line operations due to high fire danger in our region.
 
At this time, affected areas include all of Avista’s service territory in eastern Washington and northern Idaho from approximately Othello, Wash., on the west to the Idaho/Montana border on the east; the Canadian border on the north to the Washington/Oregon border and Grangeville, Idaho, on the south.
 
These temporary changes are being made to decrease potential for fires that could occur by re-energizing a downed power line in an unknown condition. These lines, typically those located in rural and/or forested areas, are normally re-energized automatically. Instead, line personnel may have to physically patrol the outage area before the line is placed back into service.
 
These changes cannot be guaranteed to eliminate a fire. The changes to Avista’s rural/forested lines may result in some additional outages and if an outage does occur it could take longer to reenergize the line and restore power.
 
Avista will return the distribution system to normal as soon as weather permits. We appreciate the patience of its customers during this time.
 
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 electric service to 357,000 customers and natural gas to 317,000 customers. Our service territory covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million. 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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