Iberdrola Renewables’ Stu Webster Earns Environmental Excellence Award

  Iberdrola Renewables’ Stu Webster Earns Environmental Excellence Award

National Advocacy Group Recognizes Webster’s Contribution to Wildlife

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- November 14, 2012

The American Wind Energy Association today honored Iberdrola Renewables’ Stu
Webster, director of permitting and environmental affairs, with the Andrew
Linehan Award for Environmental Excellence. Webster received the award at the
national advocacy group’s fall conference in Chandler, Ariz.

“This award is truly a professional and personal honor,” said Webster. “I’m
extremely proud of not only my Iberdrola Renewables team but also countless
others in this industry who work tirelessly to reduce wind’s impact on
wildlife. It is critically important that we demonstrate to the world that
wind is truly the greenest energy source available and I’m pleased we are
making great strides in that direction.”

Webster has led Iberdrola Renewables’ wildlife protection efforts since
mid-2010, including full implementation of the company’s fleet-wide,
one-of-a-kind Avian and Bat Protection Policy in 2010; completion of a
three-year radar monitoring study of migratory bird and bat use at the
Peñascal wind facility in Texas; and continuation of a nine-year study of
increasing the presence of prairie chickens at the operating Elk River wind
facility in Kansas. Webster has overseen numerous public and private research
initiatives on raptor populations. He has also worked to improve techniques of
monitoring for bats and birds – and, in collaboration with Bat Conservation
International, has refined cut-in speed curtailment techniques.

Webster’s initial career as an air quality scientist led him to wind energy,
an industry that held great promise to address air and water quality
challenges facing the energy sector – including its alarming impact on the
earth’s climate. His first wind energy position was permitting director for
Clipper Windpower Development.

As vice president of the American Wind Wildlife Institute – a partnership of
wind industry and environmental non-governmental organizations whose mission
is to effectively address the interactions of wind energy development on
wildlife and habitats – Webster led such initiatives as development of the
Landscape Assessment Tool (LAT) and advocating for the creation of an
accessible database of wind industry wildlife studies. The Research
Information System (RIS) is currently under development by AWWI. He has served
on AWWI’s board of directors since 2010.

AWEA established the Award for Environmental Excellence in honor of Iberdrola
Renewables’ Andrew Linehan in 2010, after Linehan succumbed to a long battle
with cancer. The award recognizes individuals in the wind industry "who
contribute to the responsible siting and permitting of individual projects,
who tackle wildlife issues proactively and who work to establish and advance,
as Andy did, the highest environmental standards for the industry."

“This is a very proud and poignant day for us,” said Martin Mugica, president
and CEO of Iberdrola Renewables. “Stu Webster has done a phenomenal job of
continuing Andy Linehan’s legacy and we’re very happy to see this award come
full circle. Stu continues to raise the bar on environmental stewardship at
Iberdrola Renewables and across the wind industry.”

Iberdrola Renewables LLC has a long history of responsible development,
particularly when it comes to safeguarding the natural environment. The
company works closely with state and federal agencies, and environmental
groups, to site wind farms responsibly—and regularly participate in studies
seeking to reduce wind power's impact on wildlife and other aspects of the
environment. In 2008, Iberdrola Renewables adopted the U.S. wind industry's
first voluntary Avian and Bat Protection Policy, which was approved by the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“Stu Webster’s work has been very important to an industry committed to
improving the health of our planet,” said Denise Bode, AWEA CEO. “We’ve worked
alongside Stu for many years through his leadership positions on AWEA
committees and involvement in important industry research, and we are pleased
to honor his efforts.”

Webster holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) as well as a master's degree in
Environmental Science and Business Management from the Bren School at UCSB.

Iberdrola Renewables, LLC is the U.S. renewable energy division of parent
company IBERDROLA, S.A., an energy pioneer with the largest renewable asset
base of any company in the world. Iberdrola Renewables, LLC is headquartered
in Portland, Oregon, and has over $9 billion of operating assets totaling more
than 5,000 MW of wind and solar generation.


Stu Webster Career Background

Stu Webster on Avian and Bat Protection

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