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Avangrid Renewables Klamath Energy Honored for High Health and Safety Standard

Avangrid Renewables Klamath Energy Honored for High Health and Safety Standard

Plant is one of only 21 in Oregon with “VPP Star” status from OSHA

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July 25, 2018

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Avangrid Renewables’ Klamath Energy plant celebrated a new safety culture milestone with a ceremony today. The plant received a recertification by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHA) for maintaining the highest designation for safety and health excellence in the U.S.

As one of only a handful of Oregon sites to achieve the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star status, originally obtained in 2011, the prestigious certification makes the plant part of an elite group of worksites to be recognized for safety excellence. VPP is a government-operated audit and certification program that promotes and recognizes facilities with outstanding occupational safety and health management systems. Klamath Energy was the first company to be awarded VPP Star status in Klamath County, and is one of just over 2,200 worksites nationwide to have achieved this level of worker protection.

Administrator Michael Wood of Oregon OSHA was on hand for the ceremony.

“Oregon OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program calls on employers to go far above and beyond mere compliance with the rules,” Wood said. “The Klamath Energy plant has done exactly that, and its focus on continuous improvement exemplifies what VPP is all about.”

“Obtaining and maintaining VPP Star status is not easy, so this achievement is a credit to the entire crew here at Klamath Energy,” said Laura Beane, the president and CEO of Avangrid Renewables. “This effort is a reflection of the diligence by each employee to take ownership of the safety program and make it effective.”

The award-winning plant consists of the 536-megawatt Klamath Cogeneration Plant and the adjacent 100-megawatt Klamath Peakers Plant which supply power as part of Avangrid Renewables’ integrated portfolio helping ensure reliability to its customers across the West, as well as process steam to a nearby lumber products manufacturer.

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.osha.oregon.gov. For more information about becoming a VPP company, visit https://osha.oregon.gov/consult/sharp-vpp/Pages/VPP.aspx.


About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a leading, sustainable energy company with $31 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states. AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates 7.1 gigawatts of electricity capacity, primarily through wind power, with a presence in 22 states across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,500 people. AVANGRID supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, received a Climate Development Project climate score of “A-,” the top score received in the utilities sector, and has been recognized for two consecutive years by Ethical Boardroom as the North American utility with the “best corporate governance practices.” For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.

About Avangrid Renewables:: Avangrid Renewables, LLC is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. and part of the IBERDROLA Group. It is a leading renewable energy company in the United States, owning and operating a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities primarily using wind power. IBERDROLA, S.A., is an energy pioneer with the largest renewable asset base of any company in the world. Avangrid Renewables is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit www.avangridren.com.


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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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