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History Timeline

The years of 1971 - 1980

year:  1980

Fire in the Old AJ Office

Fire in old AJ office attic results in $60,000 damage

year:  1978

Haines Light & Power Co. Purchased

AEL&P purchases Haines Light & Power Company

year:  1977-1978

Automation of Annex Creek

Annex Creek is automated, supplies about 10% of Juneau’s energy needs

year:  1976

AEL&P Sells Franklin Street Office & Moves

AEL&P sells office building on Franklin Street to Southeast Newspapers Corp. (Juneau Empire).

AEL&P business office moves into 612 West Willoughby office

year:  1974

Voters approve Capital Move Initiative

Voters approve initiative to move capital from Juneau


At that moment, the oldest regulated electric utility in Alaska joined with an established and major company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy for eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon.

As we look forward to an exciting future with  Avista, we do not forget our century of service that began earnestly enough in 1893 with a simple water wheel. Below you'll find some of the major events that took place in our more than 100 years of service. 

A new history began July 1, 2014, when AEL&P -- as part of Alaska Energy and Resources Company -- was acquired by Avista Corp., of Spokane, Wash.