As the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to impact communities across the country and the broader economy, America’s wind energy companies are making the health and well-being of their employees, customers and the communities they serve their top priority. AWEA members throughout the wind energy supply chain are also taking charitable steps to give back to their communities in their time of need, providing support to emergency relief organizations and initiatives while continuing to execute their own business continuity plans under challenging conditions.

Any member that wants to be added to this list can share its response initiatives with AWEA by emailing a summary to Greg Alvarez.

EDP Renewables
EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA) has announced a commitment of $300,000 to help communities around the company’s wind farms and solar parks cope with the coronavirus pandemic. The funds are being allocated to local nonprofit organizations focused on serving residents in more than 50 communities where EDPR NA has a project in operation, under construction, or in development throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Learn more.

NextEra Energy
NextEra Energy, the world leader in wind and solar energy, announced its family of companies has committed $1.5 million in COVID-19 emergency assistance. The emergency funds, provided by the NextEra Energy Foundation and Gulf Power Foundation, will be distributed to partner organizations working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis to provide critical support to the most vulnerable members of our communities. Learn more.

Avangrid Renewables

The Avangrid Foundation and AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) today announced a $2 million commitment to support national and local organizations that support vulnerable communities as they deal with the coronavirus pandemic. AVANGRID will commit $1 million in corporate funds which will be distributed across its service territories to support emergency needs in communities at the state and local level. The AVANGRID family of companies includes Avangrid Renewables and eight electric and natural gas companies in New York, Maine, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Avangrid Foundation, which partnered with over 300 organizations across more than 30 states last year, has designated an incremental $1 million for crisis response that will be directed to partners nationwide that are providing emergency response and community support during the pandemic. Learn more. UPDATE: Avangrid has since announced two additional $500,000 commitments.

Enel North America
The Enel Group’s US-based company, Enel North America, which operates through renewable energy company Enel Green Power North America and the advanced energy services company Enel X North America, announced today that it will provide 1.3 million USD to support more than 75 local organizations across 17 US states, Washington D.C., and Alberta, Canada, as they respond to COVID-19. Enel North America has over 100 plants, offices and projects in the US and Canada. This support will help organizations and frontline workers, primarily in rural communities where the business operates, who are experiencing a critical shortage of essential resources. Learn more.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
The impact of the crisis caused by the coronavirus has been felt across the world and is likely to continue for some time. In response, Siemens Gamesa has launched a social campaign to allow its teams to help in the global fightback against the pandemic. At the heart of the program will be an employee donation campaign to the ‘COVID 19 Emergency Appeal’ by the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC), which is leading a wide-ranging program to help combat the spread of coronavirus around the world. Additionally, Siemens Gamesa has pledged to fund the acquisition of $1,078,000 million worth of vital supplies to healthcare providers, including a total of $107,000 for donations made in the U.S. where the company has its largest employee populations (Florida, Iowa, Kansas). The donations consist of personal protection equipment such as masks, gloves and isolation gowns requested by the healthcare providers. Learn more.

Duke Energy
The Duke Energy Foundation has announced $1,700,000 in grants to support North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida K-12 programs, and energy, engineering and environmental educational initiatives. Given the COVID-19 crisis, the Foundation has also provided each organization with the option to use the funds to address unforeseen operational challenges. Learn more.

Hannon Armstrong
Hannon Armstrong announced a $150,000 donation to local Maryland charitable organizations working to relieve the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting gaps in community services. The funds will help address rising food insecurity by bolstering Maryland food banks dealing with increased demand for their services; aid the growing number of domestic violence victims in Anne Arundel County; and expand access to homeless support and prevention programs in Annapolis. Learn more.

Pattern Energy & Blattner Energy

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a new fund established by the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations to help New Mexico respond to and eventually recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The All Together NM Fund will be used to address immediate needs and offer long-term support for the recovery work that lies ahead. Pledges of more than $1.1 million from Ian and Sonnet McKinnon; Intel; Pattern Energy; Blattner Energy; and Tri State Generation and Transmission Association will seed the fund, which will be administered by the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Learn more.

GE Renewable Energy
Workers at GE Renewable Energy’s wind turbine manufacturing plant in Pensacola, FL saw a unique opportunity to use their 3-D printing knowledge to make N-95 face mask shields. Learn more about their efforts here.

DTE Energy

The DTE Energy Foundation delivered 100,000 KN95 respiratory masks to hospitals in southeast Michigan, the latest donation in an unprecedented campaign to protect Michiganders from the ravages of COVID-19. The DTE Foundation is fully activated during this crisis, having already donated more than 50,000 respiratory masks to the Detroit Police Department, the Highland Park Police Department and hospitals across metropolitan Detroit and greater Michigan. As part of its comprehensive COVID-19 relief campaign, the Foundation is also supporting more than 1,000 non-profits across the state, funding more than one million meals and helping 100,000 families with basic needs. The Foundation has also announced that it will match donations to the Michigan Association of United Ways and Michigan Action. Learn more.

Apex Clean Energy
In project communities across the nation, Apex Clean Energy is providing targeted support for those who need it the most in the midst of COVID-19. At one project, that means supporting the public transit system, which is providing grocery and pharmacy delivery to the highest-risk members of the community. Other project teams are paying for meals delivered by local restaurants to health care and nonprofit workers who are on the front lines providing essential services for the county. Still others have set up and pledged donation-matching funds for food banks and other organizations to enhance local “safety net” services. Together, the Apex workforce is continuing a tradition of volunteering and philanthropy that has supported community building—as well as disaster response—over the past 10 years. Learn more.

RWE Renewables

RWE Renewables announced a commitment to provide $250,000 to assist in response to the coronavirus pandemic to more than 45 U.S. organizations where the company is operating, constructing or developing assets. "Our commitment is to the health and safety of our employees and our partner company colleagues, their respective families as well as the communities in which they live," said Silvia Ortin, COO Onshore Wind and Solar PV Americas, RWE Renewables. "The support of our local communities is of vital importance for our projects to operate successfully, and we hope these donations will in turn help support those communities." Learn more.

BP will supply 3 million gallons of jet fuel to FedEx Express charter flights and Alaska Airlines at no cost to support the timely delivery of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essential goods to areas of the U.S. at greatest risk for COVID-19. BP will offset the carbon emissions of all donated fuel deliveries through its Target Neutral program. Learn more.