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although he could just be a bookseller, his platform could be
leveraged to do much more," Loew explains. "That is where
we see ourselves in this marketplace. We can be a platform
in our expertise in delivering energy and we can give customers various options in the future."
Innovative Tech
Avista currently has an internal pilot program, Electric
Vehicle Experience, which allows employees to rent an
electric vehicle from the company. The goal is to drive
electric vehicle demand by allowing customers to first find
out how such a vehicle can fit into their life. Last summer,
the company purchased three vehicles that were targeted
towards employees, with the long-term goal of being able to
take this program to customers.
"We launched this program in September 2016," Loew
recalls. "Within two days of announcing this program to
our employees, we were booked through April of this year
with appointments. We now have a Chevy Volt and a couple
of Nissans in our fleet to support this pilot and future program expansion. The electric vehicle is not only good for
the environment, but also good for utility companies and
consumers because they spend less on fueling and maintenance of their transportation on a monthly basis."
In addition to Avista's EV Experience, the company has
an award-winning Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment
(EVSE) program to expand electric vehicle charging in the
company's Washington service area.
"We believe that these two programs go hand-in-hand
in supporting the growth of the electric vehicle market,"
Loew says. "After identifying the initial customer interest
in electric vehicle charging we can go a step further by
allowing their employees to experience EV technology for
themselves. Allowing better utilization of the infrastructure while understanding customer charging behavior."
Avista's EVSE program was recognized by the Electric
Power Research Institute after winning the prestigious
Technology Transfer Award.
"It's a pilot program approved by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission that allows us to deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure to both private
individuals and commercial interests," Loew explains. "We
are in the process of installing that infrastructure, which
will include both residential chargers and chargers that you
may find in a public space or where you work."
Loew adds that Avista's fleet vehicles provide another great opportunity to deliver innovative technology to
drivers and operators. "Since 2009, Avista has supported

the deployment of alternative fuel technology," he says.
"We have in place two parallel programs to grow our fleet
of both CNG-powered vehicles and electrified vehicles that
feature the ability to plug in to the grid."
Avista's Fleet organization's No. 1 goal is to provide safe
and reliable equipment to its internal customers.
"Really, fleet services is capitalizing on technology for
not only today, but also for the future," Loew says. "How
much better is it for us to know from experience so we can
transfer that knowledge to customers as they navigate the
changes underway in the transportation sector.
"Plug In Electric Vehicles with Jobsite Energy Management Systems are powered from clean and reliable power
on the grid," he continues. "So they have a greener footprint
and are more sustainable. Additionally, pairing them with
connected vehicles and new work platforms will allow us to
more quickly dispatch the required resource that is closest
to the work. So you get a customer that's further satisfied
and happy regulators because they see we are leveraging
technology to improve responsiveness and by taking care of

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