A Virtual Tour of Avista's Downtown (Steam Plant Alley) Power Substation


IEEE Spokane is pleased to announce our 2021 Fall Kickoff Event --- a virtual tour of the historic ‘Steam Plant Alley’ 115kV WWP/Avista power substation, which has served the critical functions of Spokane’s urban downtown core for nearly 50 years.  This rare opportunity is a great last chance for a complete insiders’ look: the substation’s replacement nearby is already underway!  


Although a pioneering plant, this facility is noted for its record of reliability, with customer outages in the area counted in merely “minutes per decade”.    The 16-minute virtual tour will take you through all aspects of the historic substation and its equipment, and will be followed by a question and answer  period,  hosted by Avista’s Sara Koeff.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 27 Oct 2021
  • Time: 05:30 PM to 06:15 PM
  • All times are US/Pacific
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You must register for this event to receive the link. The event link will be emailed out to those who registered the day of the event.

  • Virtual Event
  • Event LINK provided to REGISTRANTS
  • Spokane Metro Area, Washington
  • United States
  • Co-sponsored by Avista Utilities
  • Starts 05 October 2021 07:30 PM
  • Ends 27 October 2021 08:00 AM
  • All times are US/Pacific
  • No Admission Charge


Sara Koeff, Senior Engineer of Avista Utilities


Sara Koeff is a Senior Engineer with Avista Utilities and 17 years in the power utility industry. She has spent most of her career working in substations including roles in design and maintenance as well as her current role procuring large equipment within substations.