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02/16/2021

AVANGRID Announces Open Solicitation from Qualified Developers for Excelsior Connect

AVANGRID Announces Open Solicitation from Qualified Developers for Excelsior Connect

Proposed project will power New York’s clean energy future by linking upstate and downstate via a clean energy superhighway

ORANGE, CT — Feb. 16, 2021 — AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), a leading sustainable energy company, announced today a notice of open solicitation for transmission service on the Excelsior Connect, the company’s proposal to build an underground clean energy superhighway linking the congested upstate and downstate regions. The proposed transmission line will span more than 260 miles, all within New York state. 


“The Excelsior Connect will increase New York City’s access to clean energy and reduce its dependence on fossil fuel energy generation,” said Dennis V. Arriola, CEO of AVANGRID. “This will be a New York project for New York customers - improving reliability and resiliency of the power grid, creating new jobs, generating tax revenues and supporting economic development, while building new access for future clean energy projects. At AVANGRID, we are committed to providing clean energy solutions and are excited about this project as a potential contender to help New York meet its clean energy goals.”


Using state-of-the-art High-Voltage Direct Current technology, the 1310 MW bidirectional line will enable the delivery of clean renewable energy into New York City (Zone J) and support New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act targets. 


Through the open solicitation process, AVANGRID intends to negotiate contracts with qualified developers for transmission service that will enable energy deliverability into Zone J to support New York’s clean energy goals, including Tier 4 within the Clean Energy Standard. AVANGRID seeks to partner with a developer or group of developers to submit a response to the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) Tier 4 Request for Proposals (RFP) due May 12, 2021. Energy developers wishing to participate in the open solicitation should complete and submit the Expression of Interest form by March 8, 2021.


Questions or request for information can be sent to excelsiorconnect@avangrid.com.


For updates and project information regarding the open solicitation process, please visit avangridnetworks.com/excelsiorconnect.

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About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a leading, sustainable energy company with approximately $36 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states. With headquarters in Orange, Connecticut, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,600 people. AVANGRID supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2019 and 2020 by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com

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 www.avangrid.com.

 

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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