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Voluntary Electric Conservation Reduced Demand for Power by 30 Megawatts
Avista appreciates customers' energy conservation efforts

Spokane, Wash., July 26// -- The response by customers to Avista's call to action to voluntarily conserve energy during this week's heat wave resulted in an hourly savings of approximately 30 megawatts of energy over peak usage periods – enough to power over 19,500 homes.

"We saw a reduction in load shortly after the request for conservation was made, and we are very grateful to all of our customers for all their help," said Avista President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Morris. "It made a huge difference at a time when electrical supplies were stretched across the West because of the record high temperatures."

While Avista has ended its formal request for voluntary electric conservation, it continues to encourage the wise and efficient use of energy. During the summer, Avista recommends setting air conditioners at 78 degrees or higher, using fans to stay comfortable and to regularly change air conditioning filters. For customized energy savings information on your home visit Avista's home energy analyzer at www.avistautilites.com.

Avista 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 338,000 electric and 297,000 natural gas customers in three 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.avistacorp.com.

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CONTACTS:

Catherine Markson

509-495-2916

Catherine.Markson@avistacorp.com

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