E.ON in Spain
We have 4.4 GW of conventional and renewables capacity at facilities across Spain. Our balanced, climate-friendly fuel mix in Spain is 28 percent coal, 46 percent natural gas, 16 percent hydro, and 10 percent solar and wind. It includes one of the most efficient gas-fired power plants in the country and, as part of a joint venture, two state-of-the-art 50 MW concentrated solar power plants. In 2012 we decommissioned a coal-fired power plant, further reducing the carbon intensity of our Spanish portfolio. We also operate distribution and retail businesses in Spain. The distribution business delivers electricity safely and reliably to more than 0.67 million customer accounts in northern Spain. It has already installed 469,000 smart meters – a key component of smart grids – and will complete the rollout to all of its customers by 2014. In 2012 the retail business served non-regulated residential and business customers nationwide as well as regulated customers.
Spain has been steadily deregulating its electricity market. By offering an attractive palette of products and services, we aim to retain our current customers and attract new customers from other suppliers.
|Installed capacity||4.4 GW|
|Installed capacity (renewables)||1.2 GW|
|Share of owned generation by renewables||12.4%|
|Power sales||12.9 TWh|
|Gas sales||3.5 TWh|
Our Sustainability Effort in Spain
Our sustainability effort in Spain is guided by our corporate strategy of cleaner & better energy. One way we make our energy better is by continually improving our service so that we provide our customers with a consistently better experience. In 2012 we launched the first toll-free customer helpline in Spain’s retail energy sector and a campaign called “You give us energy,” which invites our customers to tell us how they think we could do a better job of serving them.
In 2012 the environmental management systems at two of our power stations in Spain (Escatrón and Puente Nuevo) obtained certification under ISO 14001, a widely recognized international standard for such systems.
We continue to improve Spain’s energy infrastructure and invest in innovative and efficient technologies like smart meters and e-mobility. We also strive to make life a little better in the communities where we operate by supporting programs that promote safety and values like mutual respect and fair play, especially among children. One program, called "Family Football", reaches more than 5,000 children across Spain.
Our Reward Wins an Award
Actualidad Económica , a renowned Spanish business magazine, named our retail energy product “Triple Energía” one of the one hundred most innovative ideas in Spain and ranked it in the top five in the energy category. “Triple E” rewards customers with a free month of electricity if they reduce their energy consumption by 10 percent. As of early May 2013, we have about 30,000 “Triple E” customers. We monitor the progress of their conservation efforts and support them along the way with a wide range of energy-saving tips. We’ve launched similar products in Germany and Italy as part of our company-wide commitment to helping our customers to shrink their energy bills (and their carbon footprints) and to live more sustainably.
Charging Ahead: Promoting E-Mobility in Spain
Motor vehicles are responsible for one fourth of Europe’s man-made carbon emissions. So for Europe to tackle climate change – and reduce its dependence on imported oil – it needs to shrink its carbon tire print. Electric vehicles (EVs) will play an important role. In countries across Europe, including Spain, we’re helping to pave the way. Alongside our participation in several e-mobility taskforces in Spain, we’re partnering with the Santander, Lugo, and Torrelavega city councils to promote EVs in these cities. To lead by example, we’ve converted our fleet of maintenance vehicles in Santander and Lugo to electric and set up several charging stations for them. Public-private partnerships like ours with these three cities in northern Spain help raise the public’s awareness of EVs and accelerate the mass-market appeal of this climate-friendly means of transport.
Doing Good through Soccer
Soccer helps young people stay healthy and active, to learn important values like teamwork and mutual respect, and to have fun. To make it easier for more kids to play soccer, we run a program called "Family Football" España. The program consists of partnerships with 17 soccer clubs in several regions where we operate. We provide the clubs with volunteer support and with uniforms, balls, and other equipment. Nearly 3.000 children aged four to seventeen benefit from the program. We also help organize six youth tournaments across Spain with about 5,000 participants. Family Football España, which enhances our community involvement and public image, continues to grow and will positively impact the lives of even more kids in 2013.
"In Healthy Company"
That’s the slogan of a campaign we launched to 2012 to help our employees in Spain embrace a healthy lifestyle. The campaign aims to raise health awareness, to enable employees to see their health from a holistic perspective, and to encourage them to be proactive about maintaining and improving their health. The topics addressed include smoking cessation and prevention, physical activity, and proper nutrition. The campaign is part of our company-wide commitment to doing what we can to enhance our employees’ safety and health, both on the job and off.