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Avista Utilities Named One of Best Companies to Work for in Oregon
Company 3rd on annual top 100 list compiled by Oregon Business magazine

Spokane, Wash., March 16// -- Avista Utilities, an operating division of Avista Corp. (NYSE:AVA), has been named the third best large company to work for in Oregon according to an annual list compiled by Oregon Business magazine in its March issue.

This marks the fifth time in eight years that Avista Utilities has been named by the magazine to its top 100 list, and it is Avista Utilities' highest ranking to date, up 16 positions from 2004.

According to Oregon Business magazine, a record number of 255 companies participated in the 11th annual study of best practices in the workplace. Using employee and management surveys, the magazine ranks companies in the areas of recruiting and hiring, organizational communication, performance standards, benefits, compensation and career development.

Avista Utilities received its highest ranking in work environment where the company was ranked number three overall in the large company category.

"Avista Utilities is honored to again be recognized as one of the best companies to work for in Oregon," said Deborah Martin, Avista Utilities' Oregon operations director. "This recognition is a tribute to the dedication and focus of our employees, and it reinforces the approach the company has always taken to fully involve our employees in the business."

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 330,000 electric and 305,000 natural gas customers in four 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 www.avistautilities.com

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CONTACTS:

Debbie Simock

509-495-4174

debbie.simock@avistacorp.com

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