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Colstrip power plants

SPOKANE, Wash. — Regulators in Washington state declined to reconsider their rejection of the proposed sale of Colstrip Power Plant co-owner Avista Corp. to a Canadian utility.

By taking no action on the companies' petition for reconsideration, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission on Tuesday denied the petition by Toronto-based Hydro One Limited and Avista. An agreement that committed $4.5 million to help Colstrip transition to a future without the four-unit power plant is at risk as a result of the decision.

The commission in early December rejected Hydro One's proposed $5.3 billion acquisition of Avista. The companies asked the commission for reconsideration on Dec. 17.

The commission found that the proposed merger did not adequately protect Avista or its customers from political and financial risk or provide a net benefit to customers.

Spokane-based Avista serves more than 240,000 electric and nearly 153,000 natural gas customers in eastern Washington. The company also operates in Idaho, Oregon and Montana.

Idaho regulators also denied the sale.

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