It is not enough to simply comply with today’s environmental laws, regulations and applicable standards. At AVANGRID, we are committed to anticipating new requirements and applying industry best practices in the preservation of our environment.
We know that preserving ecosystems and biological diversity is essential for sustainable development. As a leading energy company, AVANGRID is committed to taking actions that go beyond mitigation and damage containment strategies and integrate biodiversity into our day-to-day environmental management practices. By protecting wildlife and natural habitats, we can ensure that these precious resources are unharmed for future generations.
Avangrid Networks companies work with wildlife experts to study and enhance habitat along transmission corridors. Examples include:
- Songbirds: The company is collaborating with the University of New Hampshire on a two-year study of songbird populations along rights-of-way in southern Maine.
- The American Kestrel: This is the smallest North American falcon, and its population has been declining in the Northeastern U.S. AVANGRID is working with the Biodiversity Research Institute to install nesting boxes and study populations in open habitats along our transmission corridors.
- Ospreys: Also known as fish hawks, ospreys are increasing in the Northeastern United States. Ospreys seek nesting sites high above water, often favoring the tops of distribution poles and transmission structures. Recognizing the important role these magnificent raptors play in our ecosystem, AVANGRID works with federal and state wildlife agencies to carefully monitor osprey nesting activity and install platforms near structures where sticks from bulky nests may interfere with electrical equipment.
From the start of project development through construction and operation of plants, Avangrid Renewables works hard with state and federal agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations and environmental groups, to site, build and operate wind farms responsibly. The Wildlife Protection Program (WPP) was founded on the commitment to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner to avoid, minimize or reduce risk to birds, bats, other wildlife and their habitats on both a project-specific and national basis. The WPP continues to utilize Avangrid Renewables’ unique Wildlife Monitoring and Reporting System for both baseline and operational monitoring to document impacts on birds and bats during project operations. Some examples of AVANGRID’s work with wildlife protection agencies in 2017:
• Eagles: A joint Purdue University study of eagle physiology, with a focus on visual and acoustic perception.
• Birds: Avangrid Renewables wind farm in California is hosting a study of deterrent technology on avian species.
• Black Bears: Helping to fund efforts by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources to study and conserve a high-quality black bear habitat.