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Iberdrola Announces $45 Billion Investment Plan in US Power Grids

Spain’s leading power company Iberdrola has announced a staggering $45 billion investment in US power grids, bolstering energy infrastructure in the country for the next three years. Iberdrola’s main aim is to upgrade and expand US power grids.

The decision is a huge shift towards global energy investments. It signifies the company’s expansion efforts and commitment to renewable energy projects across the Atlantic.

Iberdrola’s Ambitious Investment Strategy for US Power Grids

The new investment plan is an extension of what Iberdrola had announced in 2022. The company said it would adopt a more meticulous approach to the renewable energy sector.

The company aims to divulge 15.5 billion euros to projects already under construction or about to begin construction. Consequently, it would expand its portfolio by ~ 9,000 MW. It would be a huge stride to achieve the target of 52 GW of renewable infrastructural capacity by the end of 2025.

Iberdrola has a market cap of approximately $77 billion, making it the largest European electricity company. It will render 34% of global net investments to the US and 24% to the UK by 2026. Most of the funds will be used in offshore wind projects in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

First Achievement: Launching Vineyard Wind 1 Project

Avangrid, Inc. a leading sustainable energy company and member of the Iberdrola Group, along with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), a global leader in green energy investment, has successfully installed the first GE Haliade-X Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) for the Vineyard Wind 1 project. This will be the first large-scale offshore wind farm in the United States with 13 MW capacity.

Avangrid CEO Pedro Azagra, supporting this move has said,

“This is a monumental achievement and a proud day for offshore wind in the United States that proves this industry is real and demonstrates Avangrid’s steadfast commitment to helping the Northeast region meet its clean energy and climate goals.”

This is Iberdrola’s first achievement on the commencement of a $45 billion investment plan in US power grids. As reported in a press release from Vineyard Wind, the key features of the completed GE Haliade-X Wind Turbine Generator will be:

Advancements in Grid Infrastructure Through Substantial Investments

Iberdrola’s commitment to net zero transcends Vineyard Wind, with significant investments directed toward grid infrastructure and the introduction of renewable energies. Ignacio Sanchez Galan, CEO of Iberdrola has confirmed that,

“The investments made in grids have also resulted in a new asset record: EUR 42,000 million spent on 1,300,000 km of lines and thousands of substations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Spain.”

The image demonstrates Iberdrola’s global presence sustainability report in 2023:

source: Iberdrola

Additionally, Iberdrola’s annual report elaborates on its significant achievements in the last year. They are:

  • Investments in 2023 propelled company assets beyond EUR 150,000 million, resulting in a net profit of EUR 4,803 million. This marked an 11% increase from the prior year.
  • The company achieved growth while fortifying its financial stability. It secured over EUR 13,300 million in green and sustainable financing, reaffirming its leadership in the energy sector.

Smart Microgrids: Empowering Small Communities with Sustainable Energy Solutions

Another interesting attribute of Iberdrola’s investment strategy is installing smart microgrids in specific areas outside the proximity of the main grid. In a solar-powered microgrid system, the panels harness electricity from sunlight during the day and simultaneously store excess energy in batteries for use during periods of low light. The battery storage integrated into microgrids ensures uninterrupted power supply during outages or maintenance, forming what is referred to as “electricity islands”.

It’s a sustainable and energy-efficient energy solution to fulfill the renewable energy demands of small, remote communities that have no access to the conventional electricity grid.

Here’s an infographic demonstrating smart microgrid technology:

Source: Iberdrola

Decoding Iberdrola’s Decision to Invest in Grid Expansion and Renewable Energy 

Why Iberdrola has majorly directed a huge investment to precisely expand grids and renewable sources? The reason the company strongly believes that investing in grids will bolster the electrification drive, pivotal for decarbonization efforts.

They also envision that the electrical sector is poised for exponential growth in the future. Therefore, upgrading the grid infrastructure is crucial for ensuring a more reliable, stable, and secure energy supply.

With a robust and integrated grid network, Iberdrola aims to diminish dependence on fossil fuels as they are highly volatile and leave behind a huge carbon footprint. Thus, the decision to invest in grids aligns with global climate goals.

Study the image below to understand Iberdrola’s Climate Action Plan:

source: Iberdrola

Noteworthy, The International Energy Agency (IEA) states that the world needs to add or replace approximately 80 million km of power lines by 2040 to meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of restricting temperature rise to 1.5°C.

After evaluating all these crucial factors, one can infer that Iberdrola’s $45 billion investment plan in US power grids is certainly going to be a game changer in the renewable energy sector.

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