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Avista and WSU-ASL Establish Sustainable Energy Initiative
Million dollar grant funds to foster alternative energy research

Spokane, Wash.: SPOKANE, Wash. Oct. 17, 2007: Avista and the Washington State University Applied Sciences Lab (ASL) will partner to establish the ASL Sustainable Energy Initiative. One million dollars of grant funds will be available to help researchers improve the efficient delivery of energy and foster a sustainable energy future.

Avista and ASL have each pledged $500,000 in initial funding for the initiative to launch a research grant program named the Avista Grants for Energy Sustainability at WSU-ASL.

“The scientists at ASL can be instrumental in developing practical ways to make a real difference for our energy future,” said Roger Woodworth, Avista vice president for sustainable energy solutions. “By leveraging our resources, we can speed-up new solutions to real challenges that help us improve our service to customers.”

Yogendra Gupta, Director of the WSU Institute for Shock Physics and founder of ASL, said: “We are pleased to partner with Avista to find effective energy solutions beneficial to everyone in our region. These funds will be used for sustainable energy research projects undertaken by ASL researchers. Avista’s support and involvement will ensure that our energy research efforts address near and long-term needs.”

Beginning in November, ASL researchers will meet with Avista engineers to identify specific needs and opportunities. The process will refine a set of requirements for the selection of ASL research projects. Selection of projects may require one or more of the following:

Collaboration between an ASL researcher and Avista engineer;
Benefit to utility customers and immediacy of benefit;
Long-term value potential;
Leverage of other funding sources;
Cost efficiency of methods.

About Avista:
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 primary 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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About ASL
Washington State University’s Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL) is a Spokane based, contract research organization that undertakes a broad range of applied research projects for government agencies and private corporations, including the development of commercial applications. ASL, formed in 2004, is the applied research component of Washington State University’s Institute for Shock Physics but with a research emphasis well beyond shock physics. Through strategic investments in physical sciences and advanced technology, ASL will provide the intellectual and scientific foundation for fostering economic growth in the region. Visit www.asl.wsu.edu


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