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Applications Now Available for Iberdrola USA Foundation 2015/2016 Energy and Environment Scholarships

Applications Now Available for Iberdrola USA Foundation 2015/2016 Energy and Environment Scholarships

Last year’s recipients conducting sustainable energy research in Europe and the U.S.

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November 20, 2014

New Gloucester, Maine — The Iberdrola USA Foundation, in conjunction with Fundación Iberdrola, is now accepting scholarship applications for master’s studies in energy and/or the environment at the University of Rochester and the University of Maine for the 2015/2016 academic year.

The Iberdrola Scholarship Program is open to graduate students who wish to pursue master’s level work in renewable energy, environmental protection, climate change and energy efficiency. Global energy leader, Iberdrola S.A., established the scholarship program in 2010. The grants cover full tuition, health and accident insurance, and a $25,200 annual stipend for other expenses.

To obtain more information or to apply, please visit the Foundation scholarship website. Candidates should submit an application to one of the two universities before applying for the scholarship. The scholarship application deadline is 8:00 a.m. EST, February 13, 2015.

“Iberdrola and Iberdrola USA are very proud to support this next generation of renewable energy leaders,” said Bob Kump, chief corporate officer for Iberdrola USA. “These Iberdrola scholarships are another example of our global commitment to advancing sustainable energy solutions through investments, research, education and technology.”

The following Energy and Environment Postgraduate Studies scholarship recipients will receive a total of nearly $350,000 to conduct research in Scotland, Maine and New York for the 2014/2015 academic year:

University of Edinburgh — Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Samuel John Kuhlin — Kalispell, Montana
    Master’s of Science in Sustainable Energy Systems; funded by Iberdrola USA Foundation

University of Maine — Orono, ME

  • Luis Badesa Bernardo — Calatayud, Spain
    Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering; funded by Fundacíon Iberdrola
  • Danielle MacDonald — Caribou, Maine
    Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering; funded by Iberdrola USA Foundation
  • Javier Moreno de Salas — Aravaca, Madrid, Spain
    Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering; funded by Fundacíon Iberdrola

University of Rochester — Rochester, NY

  • Chantel Gaudet — Bedford, New Hampshire
    Master’s of Science in Chemical Engineering; funded by Iberdrola USA Foundation
  • Nuria Cortés Moradell — Zaragoza, Spain
    Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering; funded by Fundacíon Iberdrola
  • Hector de la Torre Casado — Burgos, Spain
    Master’s of Science in Alternative Energy; funded by Fundacíon Iberdrola

“I view this award as an opportunity to pursue my passion for sustainable energy engineering at one of the world’s leading institutes,” said Samuel Kuhlin. “I could not be more grateful toward the Iberdrola USA Foundation; for they have truly granted me a life-altering opportunity.”

“The Iberdrola scholarship has permitted me to really immerse myself in my research,” said Chantel Gaudet. “Their gracious support has given me confidence that I now will have an impactful career and can truly make a difference.“

“The Iberdrola Fellowship will enable me to broaden my knowledge of power and smart grid technologies — which have untapped potential for creating a major transformation in the energy distribution industry,” said Nuria Cortes Moradell.

“Global energy consumption will grow exponentially in the near future, and the political implications will be enormous. This scholarship is allowing me to work on one of my dreams — to design and develop the energy of the future: clean, efficient, sustainable, universal and affordable,” said Hector de la Torre Casado.

About the Iberdrola Fundación Scholarship Program

Since the program’s inception in 2010, Iberdrola has extended its scope from Spain to the United Kingdom, United States, Mexico as well as Brazil, and has tripled the number of scholarships awarded — to 100 in 2014. This program is currently funding master’s level research in renewable energy, energy efficiency, biodiversity, clean technologies, gas emission management, energy storage, electric vehicles and intelligent networks at Spanish, Scottish and American universities.

About The Iberdrola USA Foundation

In collaboration with Iberdrola USA and Fundación Iberdrola, The Iberdrola USA Foundation puts energy into what really matters and supports initiatives that enhance the quality of life where Iberdrola USA and its subsidiaries operate. For more information, please visit our website:

About Iberdrola USA

The U.S. subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A. — with three main business units in the United States:

  • Iberdrola USA Networks, Inc. operates from New York to New Hampshire to Maine, safely delivering natural gas and/or electricity to nearly three million customers through its five operating companies: Central Maine Power, Maine Natural Gas, New Hampshire Gas, New York State Electric & Gas and Rochester Gas and Electric.
  • Iberdrola Renewables is leading the transformation to a competitive, clean energy future. With nearly 5,500 MW of owned wind and solar generation operating from coast to coast, Iberdrola Renewables is an energy pioneer with the second-largest renewable fleet in America and part of a global fleet that has the largest renewable asset base of any company in the world.
  • Iberdrola Energy Holdings is one of the top independent gas storage operators and gas traders in the country with more than 130 billion cubic feet of gas storage and an energy services trading floor in Houston and Salt Lake City.

The Iberdrola USA companies employ about 5,000 people with operations in 24 states from New England to the West Coast. For more information, please visit our website:
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Media Contact:

Dan Hucko, Iberdrola USA, 585-724-8825

About Avangrid

About Avangrid: Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $44 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, Avangrid has two primary lines of business: networks and renewables. Through its networks business, Avangrid owns and operates eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Through its renewables business, Avangrid owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. Avangrid employs approximately 8,000 people and has been recognized by JUST Capital in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 as one of the JUST 100 companies – a ranking of America’s best corporate citizens. In 2024, Avangrid ranked first among utilities and 12 overall. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2024 for the sixth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. Avangrid is a member of the group of companies controlled by Iberdrola, S.A. For more information, visit


About Iberdrola: Iberdrola is one of the world's biggest energy companies and a leader in renewables, spearheading the energy transition to a low carbon economy. The group supplies energy to almost 100 million people in dozens of countries. With a focus on renewable energy, smart networks and smart solutions for customers, Iberdrola’s main markets include Europe (Spain, the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy and Greece), the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. The company is also present in growth markets such as Japan, Taiwan, Ireland, Sweden and Poland, among others.

With a workforce of nearly 40,000 and assets in excess of €141.7 billion, across the world, Iberdrola helps to support 400,000 jobs across its supply chain, with annual procurement of €12.2 billion. A benchmark in the fight against climate change, Iberdrola has invested more than €130 billion over the past two decades to help build a sustainable energy model, based on sound environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles.

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