Iberdrola has announced plans to invest €32 billion over the next four years, it has announced.
The Spanish energy giant says that the investment will underpin its plans for growth over the next decade and that it will allocate around €15 billion to networks and over €11 billion in renewables.
Chairman Ignacio Galán said that the investment plan was in line with the company’s strategy of seizing opportunities in the new digital environment while maintaining growth in regulated, stable businesses. Some 75 per cent of the planned investments are already committed or practically secured, he said.
Iberdrola expects the investments to expand its renewable energy capacity to expand by 24 per cent from the end-2017 level; its energy storage capacity will also increase from the current level of 80 GWh to 100 GWh.
In networks, the company’s regulated asset base will increase to €40 billion mainly in Brazil and US, a 38 per cent growth from year-end 2017.
In addition, contracted generation capacity will grow to 10 600 MW, over 82 per cent above current figures. In retail, the number of customer services will expand by 9 million to 32 million in 2022 (+40%).
In its year-end figures, Iberdrola announced that its 2017 net profits reached €2.804 billion, an increase over 2016 figures of 3.7 per cent. The increase was driven largely by its US networks business, which offset poor performance in its Spanish generation fleet.
The company is forecasting net profits in 2022 to be between €3.5 billion and €3.7 billion.