Avista planning more outages in N. Spokane, Lewiston on Wednesday

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Avista is planning more outages in North Spokane and Lewiston on Wednesday.

The power company says strain on their electrical system has lessened since Monday, thanks to grid modifications, shifting electric load and people conserving power.

Despite this, Avista is planning ‘protective outages’ for roughly 5,800 customers.

Outages will take place between 1–8 p.m. Wednesday and are planned to only last around an hour, and will affect homes in the Whitworth area, Five Mile, Northeast Spokane and Lewiston Orchards.


Avista says customers will get a message ahead of time warning of the incoming outage, and some households may have their power shut off more than once.

Avista is also monitoring several areas—including Manito, Southgate, Finch Arboretum, Government Way, Eagle Ridge, east of Greenacres and downtown Lewiston—but do not have outages planned there yet.

“We understand the significant challenges our customers have experienced this week, and we realize that our actions have created frustration for many of them,” said Dennis Vermillion, Avista president and CEO. “We remain focused on fulfilling our commitment to keeping outages as close to one hour as possible and managing our system to reduce the burden on our customers. We take our role as energy provider seriously, and we appreciate the patience and ongoing partnership of our customers as we continue to move through the heat wave.”

In the meantime, Avista customers are urged to continue saving power.