Iberdrola and the Provincial Council of Bizkaia launch the Global Smart Grids Innovation Hub in Larraskitu, Bilbao, the global technology centre that will define the electricity grids of the future
Ignacio S. Galán: “Iberdrola has been demonstrating its empathy, sensitivity and commitment to all citizens' wellbeing for decades”
- "We are aware of the opportunity we have before us and we want to continue contributing to social and economic progress in our surroundings".
- "All we need is trust and stability. We'll do the rest".
The chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio S. Galán, talked about the current situation in the electricity market at an event to officially open the company's global network technology centre: "We want to achieve the objectives of the Green Deal and encourage shared progress, and I hope that the situation we are experiencing in Spain can be redirected to help everyone. We need to address the energy price situation and the challenges of decarbonising the economy from a European perspective, with solutions in line with the Union's framework and based on rigorous analysis".
Galán added: "Iberdrola has been demonstrating its empathy, sensitivity and commitment to creating jobs and wellbeing for all citizens for decades. "We are aware of the opportunity we have before us and we want to continue contributing to social and economic progress in our surroundings".
Iberdrola is a firm supporter of Basque industry, where it employs 15,000 people and turns over €11 bn.
Regarding investment in grids, the Iberdrola chairman wants to eliminate the current legal barriers: "We were the first to understand that our commitment to decarbonisation would only succeed if we digitalised the electricity grids. We have the technology, the companies and the capacity, but we need to eliminate the existing barriers to investment in networks and to create a climate of trust for investors with the same stability that exists in other countries in our surroundings".
In this regard, Galán said that half of the €150 bn in the company's investment plan to 2030 is earmarked for networks to make the ecological transition, "a factor that stimulates our industrial sector and, with it, job creation".
Investments to tackle the challenges of the green economy
Iberdrola has spent two decades leading the energy transition and green recovery of the economy and jobs. The company has therefore launched a historic investment plan worth €150 bn over the next decade, €75 bn by 2025, to triple its renewable capacity and double network assets