Avista's Electric Vehicle pilot program has been recognized by Greentech Media and awarded a 2017 Grid Edge Award. The Grid Edge Awards represent the top twenty companies or projects that showcase innovative products, introduce new business models to the electric sector, or otherwise present alternative ways of managing the electric grid that are more efficient and reliable.
Recently, Avista collaborated with The Salvation Army of Spokane in preparation for the new school year. Backpacks for Kids – the largest backpack distribution event in the region – helps students start off the school year by providing them with backpacks filled with school supplies. This year, eighty Avista volunteers helped distribute 5,500 backpacks, and through employee donations, Avista gave $9,600 to the effort.
August 29, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Recently, Avista was awarded a grant from the Washington Department of Commerce and Governor Jay Inslee’s Clean Energy Fund 2 to demonstrate how a Shared Energy Economy can benefit Washington energy consumers. The grant is the latest example of Avista’s 127-year history of innovation and positions the utility for the energy future.
Avista Utilities, an energy company located in Spokane, WA, just made it easier to plan for fun on and around the water this summer with new digital river recreation maps for segments of the Spokane River and the Clark Fork River. In addition to generating clean, renewable power from these scenic waterways, Avista maintains picnic, boating, camping and other recreational areas for all generations to enjoy.
Recently, Avista participated in a local event called Pizza, Pop and Power Tools aimed at engaging young women in middle school and helping them explore different apprentice, technical and trade career paths. At the event, nearly 200 attendees experienced hands-on projects related to a particular trade. In addition to topics including carpentry, welding, equipment operation and more, Avista’s teams represented and introduced students to the Avista Line School, natural gas operations and meter operations.
December 24, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Avista Corp. and the Avista Foundation announced 2015 seasonal giving totaling $505,000 to non-profit organizations in the company’s service territories in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska. The funds will help support programs, including food banks, energy assistance, shelter and clothing, and holiday meals.
Avista teamed up with the City of Spokane on December 2 to bring #GivingTuesday to our headquarters city. Localized for impact, the event launched the “12 Days of Giving,” with each day focused on a need and a sample of organizations that individuals and businesses can support to positively impact our community.
Nearly half of today’s energy workforce will retire in the next decade, and Avista Utilities is no exception to this trend. In fact, the utility predicts more than 25 percent of its employees will retire in the next five years and 40 to 50 percent in the next ten years. This, in combination with a growing need for tech-savvy employees, has Avista is in-need of skilled individuals to fill roles across their organization.
In Spokane, more than 24,000 children are growing up hungry. Area schools have noted that children who are hungry are more likely to be aggressive, hyperactive and exhibit behavior problems that make learning difficult.
A lot of things can change in 125 years, but Avista’s commitment to innovation, collaboration and providing safe reliable power is as consistent today as it was in 1889. With the launch of our sixth annual report on our operations – 125 Years of Shared Value – our stakeholders can see how the work we do today and our legacy of delivering shared value remains a core component of our operations.