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Nancy Holmes named Regional Business Manager for Spokane

Spokane, Wash.: SPOKANE, Wash. Jan. 14, 2008: Avista has named Nancy Holmes regional business manager for the Spokane and west area of its service territory. Holmes has worked for the company for 30 years. She has held a wide range of management positions within the company, most recently as materials management and logistics manager.

“Avista’s commitment to the communities and customers we serve is enhanced by the value that the regional business managers bring to the table,” said Avista chairman, president and chief executive officer Scott Morris. “We are fortunate to have someone like Nancy with a broad understanding of utility operations and inter-personal skills that will enhance our service and relationships with the customers and communities we serve.”

Holmes joined Washington Water Power/Avista in 1977 and has held leadership positions in customer service and utility operations, working closely with employees in performance improvement, developing capital budget management systems, and creating and implementing innovative solutions for enterprise advancement.

Holmes is past president and a current board member of the West Central Community Center and has been active in Spokane County United Way, as well as the American Gas Association and Edison Electric Institute. As a pilot, Holmes is vice president of the Spokane Airports Tenants Association. She is a graduate of Central Valley High school, attended Spokane Falls Community College and completed coursework through the University of Idaho.

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 service to 348,000 electric and 305,000 natural gas customers in three Western states. 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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