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History Timeline

The years of 1981 - 1990

year:  1990

2.4kV to 12.5kV • Broken Water Main • Crater Lake •...

Distribution completes conversion from 2.4kV to 12.5kV

Water main breaks under Willoughby business office.  Loss valued at $140,763

Crater Lake added to Snettisham Project

Gold Creek Flume grand opening

year:  1989

Glacier Highway Electric Association

AEL&P purchases Glacier Highway Electric Association

year:  1988

AEL&P Purchases Systems Northwest

AEL&P purchases information technology company Systems Northwest

year:  1984

New Hydroelectric at Salmon Creek

New hydroelectric generating plant constructed at Salmon Creek

year:  1982

Transmission Completed

Transmission completes conversion from 23kV to 69kV


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.