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EPA Names Avista Advantage ENERGY STAR ® 2005 PARTNER OF THE YEAR
Avista Advantage earns award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency

Spokane, Wash., February 21// -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Avista Advantage, a subsidiary of Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA), with the Excellence in Promoting Superior Energy Performance 2005 Award for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Avista Advantage's accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2005.

Avista Advantage, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2004, is being honored for providing services to help businesses adopt smart energy practices and investments throughout their operations. The EPA's national performance rating system has been used to evaluate almost 21,000 buildings and almost 2,000 buildings have earned the ENERGY STAR. Avista Advantage assists clients in automating the ENERGY STAR rating process. In 2004, Avista Advantage handled more than 85 percent of all automated building ratings the EPA processed during the year.

According to the EPA, top companies and organizations across the U.S. are discovering the value of strategic energy management through participation in ENERGY STAR. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved about $10 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 20 million cars.

"At Avista Advantage, we recognize the importance of protecting the environment through sound energy management," said Stu Stiles, Avista Advantage president and chief executive officer. "As an ENERGY STAR partner, we strive to help other organizations achieve superior energy performance. We have found that participating in the ENERGY STAR program just makes good business sense."

The ENERGY STAR partnership has added increased value to Avista Advantage's client base. "Accessing better management tools creates more savings opportunities for our clients," said Ed Schlect, Avista Advantage vice president, product development. "Our clients already have the most advanced system for managing facility costs. By applying their facility data collected by our service to the ENERGY STAR tools, our clients have an even greater advantage for effectively managing their energy usage."

The Excellence in Promoting Superior Energy Performance Award recognizes efforts to provide services enabling organizations to successfully integrate energy efficiency into operations. These award winners are selected from thousands of organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

"As an ENERGY STAR partner Avista Advantage has successfully brought the right tools to the marketplace that help other organizations be as energy efficient as they can," said Kathleen Hogan, director of EPA's Climate Protection Partnerships Division. "Through ENERGY STAR, these organizations are leading a nationwide effort to protect our environment through improved energy efficiency."

About Avista Advantage
Avista Advantage is a leading provider of comprehensive facility intelligence and utility and telecom cost management services. Their patented technology and services provide multi-site companies with critical, yet easy-to-access information that enables them to proactively manage and reduce facility-related expenses. Avista Advantage's patented Facility IQ™ System provides online access to consolidated costs as well as powerful analytical consulting services and real-time reporting tools. For more information about Avista Advantage, visit www.avistaadvantage.com or call toll-free 1-800-767-4197.

About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce air pollution through increased energy efficiency. The program offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 7,000 organizations have become ENERGY STAR partners and are committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

CONTACTS:

Kelly Conley

509-329-7319

kconley@avistaadvantage.com

Maria Vargas

202-343-9451

vargas.maria@epa.gov

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