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Oregon OSHA Honors Iberdrola Renewables Plant as One of Safest Businesses in the State

Oregon OSHA Honors Iberdrola Renewables Plant as One of Safest Businesses in the State

Klamath Plant Achieves Prestigious Health and Safety Status

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June 18, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — Iberdrola Renewables’ Klamath Cogeneration Plant in Klamath Falls, Oregon, earned a recertification award for continued participation in the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division’s (Oregon OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). In an awards ceremony held today at the plant, Oregon OSHA officials presented a VPP plaque and flag to Iberdrola Renewables’ employees. Klamath has maintained OSHA VPP Star status since February of 2011 and is one of approximately 30 businesses in Oregon that have achieved this elite status for their health and safety programs.

"VPP sites are good citizens and good neighbors,” said Michael Wood, the Oregon OSHA administrator at a ceremony today. “They are models for what employers and employees can achieve by working cooperatively with one another and with Oregon OSHA to achieve a level of worker protection that goes beyond compliance with government regulations. The people at this facility set the safety culture apart; they embody real and meaningful employee involvement, and truly drive the health and safety programs at this facility.”

VPP was initiated by the federal OSHA in 1982 as a way of encouraging companies to exceed minimum OSHA safety requirements. VPP partners with businesses and is designed to recognize and promote effective occupational safety and health management. Oregon OSHA’s VPP sites meet a rigorous set of health and safety benchmarks, and on average maintain injury and illness rates 66 percent below the average for similar employers within their industry.

“This recognition is incredibly rewarding, because it honors our most important goal of having everybody go home safely, every day. It means all of our employees are working as a team and dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace,” said Ray Martens, the plant manager at Klamath Cogeneration Project. “All of our employees had a role in the hard work it took to earn this award, as safety is part of the culture here.”

According to Oregon OSHA, 26 Oregon worksites and 2,334 worksites under federal jurisdiction share the honor of VPP designation.

Iberdrola Renewables, LLC is the U.S. renewable energy division of parent company IBERDROLA, S.A. Iberdrola Renewables, LLC is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and has more than $10 billion of operating assets totaling more than 6,400 MW of natural gas, wind, and solar generation.


Art Sasse, Iberdrola Renewables, 503-796-7740, 503-475-0330

Paul Copleman, Iberdrola Renewables, 207-641-2805, 215-416-9656

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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