Rutland Herald slams “bribe offered by Iberdrola to the people of Windham and Grafton”

October 24th, 2016|

In an October 2016 editorial entitled "A Fatal Taint," the editors of the Rutland Herald slam Iberdrola / Avangrid's "corrupting attack on democracy." Writes the Herald: "The bribe offered by Iberdrola to the people of Windham and Grafton ought to be reason alone for them to reject the project."

American Bird Conservancy Denounces Iberdrola / Avangrid Wind Proposal in Grafton & Windham

October 23rd, 2016|

American Bird Conservancy has sent a letter to Grafton and Windham selectboards, expressing grave concern over high risk to bats and birds in Iberdrola Avangrid proposed industrial wind site at Meadowsend Timberlands' Stiles Brook Forest.

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."

Times Argus: Iberdrola / Avangrid “buying votes” in Grafton and Windham

October 9th, 2016|

"Sensing that the wind was blowing against them, Iberdrola has decided to pay off the voters. That is an astonishing corruption of the democratic process." An October 9th Editorial at the Times Argus pulls no punches in addressing the latest scheme of Iberdrola / Avangrid to influence Vermont voters.

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.

Windham Foundation comes out against Iberdrola / Avangrid industrial wind project

October 1st, 2016|

The Windham Foundation of Grafton, Vermont, publishes a letter in the Grafton News affirming the Foundation's opposition to the proposed Iberdrola / Avangrid industrial wind project at Meadowsend Timberlands' Stiles Brook Forest.

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.