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NY Times covers Iberdrola / Avangrid Vote-Buying Scandal

October 12th, 2016|

Katharine Q. Seelye's October 12, 2016 New York Times article covers the Iberdrola / Avangrid vote-buying scandal in Grafton and Windham. "Many residents called the offer an attempt at undue influence," writes Seelye "if not an outright bribe."

Windham and Grafton Residents Outraged by Iberdrola’s Latest Actions

October 7th, 2016|

Windham and Grafton residents expressed outrage at Iberdrola / Avangrid’s latest offer of direct annual payments to registered voters. The company has offered direct annual payments to registered voters who choose to "opt in." The taxable payment is contingent on communities’ voting for the project, and has wide-ranging potential to skew the local vote, possibly including the vote for Vermont's governor which many see as a referendum on the future of industrial wind for Vermont's communities.

California finds Iberdrola guilty of overcharging state $371 million

April 15th, 2016|

The Los Angeles Times reports that a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Judge has found Iberdrola (aka Avangrid) guilty of overcharging California consumers during the state's energy crisis of 2000-2001, that "the public was clearly, palpably, seriously harmed by the energy crisis," and that Iberdrola "misled state officials" to the tune of $371 million.

Iberdrola, fined $27M for market manipulation, lodges appeal

January 23rd, 2016|

With five recent cases of fraud and corruption around the world, millions of dollars in fines, tens of millions in proposed fines, and a worldwide ban on World Bank financing, multinational Iberdrola is appealing its $27-million fine from Spain's National Markets and Competition Commission. Only time will tell if Vermont lawmakers will decide that they want nothing to do with the corrupt company, or with New-Hampshire-based Meadowsend Timberlands, who together have proposed to install 28 unneeded turbines on Vermont land, at Stiles Brook Forest.

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