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Avista changes may lead to power outages

Company: Have emergency supplies ready

SPOKANE — Ratepayers who purchase electricity from Avista may have their power turned off on windy, hot summer days when utility officials deem fire danger high.

According to company officials, Avista’s so-called “Public Safety Power Shutoff” plan is in response to summer conditions in Eastern Washington.

When high winds are forecast, company employees may increase sensitivity on power lines, officials said. The increased sensitivity could lead to more and prolonged power outages.

Officials said ratepayers will be notified if the sensitivity of the power line monitoring system is increased.



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