Avista Corporation, an electric and natural gas utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity; and distributes natural gas in the United States and Canada. It operates in two segments, Avista Utilities and Alaska Electric Light and Power Company. The Avista Utilities segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity, as well as distributes natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and northeastern and southwestern Oregon. This segment also engages in the wholesale purchase and sale of electricity and natural gas. In addition, this segment supplies electricity to 370,000 customers and natural gas to 330,000 customers. The Alaska Electric Light and Power Company segment provides electric services in the city and Borough of Juneau, Alaska. The company is also engages in custom sheet metal fabrication of electronic enclosures, parts, and systems for the computer, telecom, renewable energy, and medical industries; real estate investments primarily in commercial and retail office space; and provision of investments in emerging technology venture capital funds and fuel cell business. Avista Corporation was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Spokane, Washington.