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.