Coal losses prompt Spain’s Endesa to speed renewable energy investments

first_imgCoal losses prompt Spain’s Endesa to speed renewable energy investments FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Endesa SA is going all out on wind and solar power to replace money-losing coal plants in Spain and Portugal, executives said, after write-offs on the legacy assets dragged down the utility’s net income by 80% in 2019.Endesa, one of Spain’s largest utilities, is planning to close most of its remaining coal plants by 2021 in light of deteriorating market conditions for the fossil fuel, resulting from low gas and high carbon prices. To make up for the lost capacity, CFO Luca Passa said the company will aim to ramp up its spending on renewables.“The plan is to accelerate as much as we can,” Passa told analysts on a Feb. 25 earnings call, noting that Endesa already plans to increase its capital expenditure from €1.9 billion in 2019 to €2.2 billion in 2022. “If we have the opportunity to spend more capex, even in 2020, we will do so,” Passa said.Endesa, which is owned by Italian renewables giant Enel SpA, recorded impairments of €1.47 billion on coal-fired units in Spain and Portugal, which helped drag down its net income by €1.41 billion to only €171 million for the full year.Endesa already spent 40% of its investment in 2019 on new renewables and said last fall that it expects to spend a total of €3.8 billion on green power between 2019 and 2022. CEO José Bogas previously announced that the utility will replace its 1.1-GW coal plant in Teruel with 1.7 GW of renewables.As it stands, the company said it has 5.4 GW of new solar and wind capacity ready to come online, the bulk of it between now and 2022. Prodiel, a Spanish solar developer, sold 10 projects worth a combined 1 GW to Endesa in December 2019 and Passa said that around 100 MW of capacity from the deal could already come online this year.[Yannic Rack]More ($): Endesa doubles down on renewables to replace money-losing coal plants in Spainlast_img

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