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Iberdrola Renewables Seeks Applicants for Wildlife Grants

Iberdrola Renewables Seeks Applicants for Wildlife Grants

Wildlife Protection Program Grants Benefit Avian Research and Rehabilitation Efforts

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March 27, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — Iberdrola Renewables today announced it is seeking applicants for its 2015 Wildlife Protection Program (WPP) grants. The company’s ongoing “Legacy of Caring” campaign for wildlife and habitat awards WPP grants to avian rehabilitation groups. These partners play an important role in rehabilitation, community education and scientific understanding of birds of prey.

Recipients in 2014 included the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, Liberty Wildlife in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Tehachapi Wildlife and Rehabilitation Center in Kern County, California, Blue Mountain Wildlife in Pendleton, Oregon, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, New Hampshire, and the California Raptor Center, a branch of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

“Iberdrola Renewables’ grant supports both wildlife rehabilitation and education programs and will primarily be used to purchase medical supplies and food, our single largest expense,” said Lynn Thompkins, the executive director of Blue Mountain Wildlife.

Iberdrola Renewables in October 2008 became the first U.S. wind power company to voluntarily adopt an Avian and Bat Protection Policy, now referred to as the WPP, which governs pre- and post-construction studies and research at the company's U.S. wind farms. The company has promoted critical research needed to understand and minimize the impacts on birds and bats specific to wind turbine operations.

“The WPP lays out the foundation and culture that guides the program,” said Stu S. Webster, permitting director for Iberdrola Renewables. “From pre-construction efforts, to estimating actual impacts post-construction, and, where we find necessity or opportunity to do so, the WPP implements a variety of approaches to reduce impacts. As evidenced by this program, the spirit of the WPP reaches beyond our core business and supports communities where we operate.”

The WPP has led to groundbreaking work in locations as diverse as a former Pennsylvania coal mine, the windswept Texas Gulf Coast, and the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. Interested rehab programs can apply at

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, Ore., and has more than $10 billion of operating assets totaling more than 6,000 MW of wind and solar generation.

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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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