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Avista Utilities Presents Check to Glendale, Ore., Resident for Participating in Company Survey
Survey part of research to determine possibility of converting Avista Utilities customers in Glendale to natural gas from propane

Spokane, Wash., July 26// -- Taking a minute to respond to a letter from Avista Utilities asking its Glendale, Ore., customers to schedule an inspection of their propane-fired appliances and/or equipment during the week of July 11-15 has earned Melanie Caruth a $250 shopping trip to a store of her choice, compliments of Avista. Caruth's name was randomly drawn from customers responding to the letter.

Avista Utilities is completing inspection surveys of its 162 Glendale customers to determine the compatibility of their propane equipment and/or appliances with natural gas operations. Avista is exploring the possibility of converting Glendale from the company's only propane distribution system to a natural gas distribution system. Avista expects to make a decision on the project by the end of 2005.

Randy Bareither, Avista Utilities manager for the Glendale project, said response to the company's request for customers to schedule an inspection survey appointment was exceptional.

"The great response to our request allowed our employees to easily gather this important information with minimal impact on our customers. We greatly appreciate everyone's help," Bareither said.

Avista Local Representative Don Bellum will complete a few additional inspections by the end of July for customers who were not available July 11-15.

For information on natural gas and energy conservation tips, visit Avista Utilities as www.avistautilities.com.

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 285,000 natural gas customers in three western states. Avista's non-regulated subsidiaries include Avista Advantage (www.avistaadvantage.com) and Avista Energy (www.avistaenergy.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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Debbie Simock

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debbie.simock@avistacorp.com

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