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Iberdrola Renewables Announces 30-MW PPA with Upper Midwest Municipal Power Agency

Iberdrola Renewables Announces 30-MW PPA with Upper Midwest Municipal Power Agency

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July 11, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. — Iberdrola Renewables today announced a 20-year contract to sell 30 MW from its Rugby Wind Power Project, an operating wind farm in Pierce County, North Dakota, to Upper Midwest Municipal Power Agency (UMMPA), a municipal joint action agency. UMMPA will provide the clean energy to 15 member communities in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.

The 30 MW of Rugby’s output will enable UMMPA members to meet their state renewable energy requirements and make an abundant supply of green power available to retail consumers and businesses.

“Purchasing wind power from Iberdrola Renewables is a smart economical decision for us and our members,” said Chuck Christensen, Chairperson of UMMPA. “We are purchasing a clean, renewable energy source, and locking in an affordable, long-term fixed rate for our members, which is so important in today’s energy markets.”

The Rugby Wind Power Project’s 71 wind turbines generate 149 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy. The project supports the local economy by contributing substantial revenue to the community through payments to Pierce County and to landowners, which together totals over $2 million annually. The project encompasses about 9,554 acres of land leased from 49 local landowners. The land continues to be used to grow corn, wheat, canola and sunflowers.

“Rugby is just one of our projects that can affordably deliver clean, renewable power to our customers,” said Barrett Stambler, vice president of Iberdrola Renewables. “This 30 MW power purchase agreement will strongly support UMMPA’s continued efforts to bring clean energy to their members.”

UMMPA also purchases renewable energy from a small wind farm located in Cashton, Wisconsin.

Iberdrola Renewables, LLC is the U.S. renewable energy division of parent company IBERDROLA, S.A., an energy pioneer with the largest renewable asset base of any company in the world. Iberdrola Renewables, LLC is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and has over $9 billion of operating assets totaling more than 5,000 MW of wind and solar generation.

Media Contact:

Art Sasse, Director, Communications & Brand, Iberdrola Renewables, 503-796-7740
Paul Copleman, Media Relations, Iberdrola Renewables, 207-641-2805
Chuck Christensen, UMMPA, 715-822-2595

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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


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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