Avangrid takes first step in Kitty Hawk offshore wind farm project

Where there's wind blowing, there's clean power to be had:

Avangrid Renewables won the bid Thursday to lease 122,405 acres off the Outer Banks coast for a wind farm. The company competed against three others before offering the winning amount of $9.1 million, according to a release from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Avangrid Renewables also built a land-based wind farm of about 22,000 acres near Elizabeth City.

Avangrid will have to set up testing towers and other equipment to assess the site before submitting a construction plan over the next approximately five years, including how many wind towers to build and how far apart to build them. The federal government will review the project and hold public hearings before construction can begin.

I am a little concerned that much of the permitting will be overseen by the Trump administration, and no doubt the puppets of the fossil fuel industry will be seeking creative ways to disrupt the process. But we'll be keeping an eye on that stuff, so they better pack more than just a lunch. Here's more about the company and its dedication to environmental stewardship:

The environment is a determining factor in all human activities and a competitiveness factor for companies. Aware of the importance of this factor in carrying out its corporate mission, Iberdrola undertakes to promote innovation in this field and eco-efficiency (reduction of the environmental impact per production unit), to gradually reduce the environmental impacts of its activities, facilities, products and services, as well as to use its best efforts to harmonize the conduct of its activities with the legitimate right of future generations to enjoy an adequate environment.

INTEGRATE fully the environmental dimension and respect for the natural environment into the Company’s strategy.

ENSURE at all times the compatibility of financial profit with environmental protection through innovation and ecoefficiency.

INCORPORATE the environmental dimension into investment decision processes and the planning and carrying out of activities, promoting the consideration thereof in cost-benefit analysis.

ESTABLISH appropriate management systems that help to reduce environmental risk and that include:

Strict compliance with the law, the various international commitments executed and internal regulations on environmental matters applicable to the activities, facilities, products and services of the Company, bearing in mind as well legislative trends and the latest international practices, and putting procedures in place that will allow the
Company to know and control compliance with such commitments.
On-going efforts to identify, asses and reduce the adverse environmental effects of the activities, facilities, products and services of the Company.
Provision of information to and training of employees on the effects of the development of the Company’s processes and products to minimize the detrimental effects of its activities on their health and on the environment.
Development of plans and programs setting objectives and goals, updating of emergency plans and performance of internal audits that will make it possible to reduce risks, minimize adverse environmental effects and regularly control the progress and effectiveness of the measures applied, fostering the on-going improvement of the Company’s processes and practices.

RESPECT nature, biodiversity and the historical and artistic heritage in the natural environment where the Company’s facilities are located.

FOSTER research and development of new technologies and processes that help to address climate change and other environmental challenges with a preventive approach, allow for a more efficient use of natural resources and permit progress towards a more sustainable energy model.

While some of that is energy-specific, most of it could be easily adapted to any corporate entity. I know many take such "guiding principles" with a grain of salt, but if you're going to have them, make them good.

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