EDP Unveils €25 Billion Investment Plan Focused on Renewable Energy and Supporting Net Zero Targets
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- €21 billion will be focused on renewables, with €4 billion on electricity networks
- Renewables deployment to increase to 4.5 GW per year, totaling 18 GW in gross additions by 2026
- EDP reiterated its commitment to be coal free by 2025, 100% renewables generation by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2040
EDP is scaling up its ambition to lead the energy transition by pushing even further its investment plan and targets in the updated Business Plan 23-26, which will be presented today in London. In a context in which climate emergency and security of supply are ever more preeminent, the group will increase its global investment to 25 billion euros to boost renewables, reinforce its position in electricity networks and support its clients in the transformation to a more sustainable world.
The 23-26 Business Plan will support EDP’s net zero commitments and follows a selective and disciplined approach, allocating 85% of the total investment to renewables, clients and energy management and 15% to electricity networks across fast growing and low risk markets in 4 regional hubs: Europe (40% of the investment plan), North America (40%), South America (15%) and Asia-Pacific (5%). EDP’s yearly investment rate will increase by 30% to 6,2 billion euros, while maintaining a sustainable growth and ESG excellence within a future proof organization.
“Today we ramp up our ambition to lead the energy transition supported by a competitive and resilient portfolio, strong financials, an empowered team and the will to contribute to a climate positive world for the coming generations. This Business Plan reinforces our growth ambition, while pushing even further our commitment to the planet and creating superior value for all”Miguel Stilwell de Andrade, EDP’s CEO
Investment plan combines conventional and emerging technologies
Onshore wind and solar utility scale will account each for 40% of the 21 billion investment plan in renewables, complemented by emerging technologies such as solar distributed generation (12%), storage and hydrogen (3%). Offshore wind will represent 5%, with capacity scaling up through the joint venture Ocean Winds and providing significant visibility on growth over the next 10-15 years. A diversified renewables technology mix that is strengthened and supported by a hydro portfolio with a strong cashflow generation profile, while also providing flexibility and storage capabilities.
On the electricity networks segment, for which a 4 billion euros investment plan is compromised, EDP will continue growing and diversifying its portfolio, acting as a stabilizer for the group. The updated business targets include reaching 400 thousand kms of distribution lines, 9 million smart meters (+500 thousand vs. 2022) and 12 million connection points (+2.5 Mn vs. 2022).
The updated Business Plan will also leverage customer franchise to accelerate growth and value creation, focusing on a cross-selling offer strategy which combines multiple client solutions such as solar distributed generation, corporate PPA, electric mobility, services, energy efficiency, demand side flexibility and storage.
Innovation and digitalization will remain at the core of our strategy, driving change and accelerating the energy transition with a reinforced investment of 3 billion euros by 2026.
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Net zero targets recognized and 3000 new hires
EDP will continue laying the path for a better tomorrow, namely through its target to become net zero by 2040 across all scopes and evolving the entire value chain, from clients to partners. This commitment has recently been validated by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi), that recognized EDP’s best practices in climate action in total alignment with the science based 1.5ºC temperature mitigation target. It’s an ambitious target that reinforces EDP’s global positioning on ESG strategy and in the building of a more sustainable planet.
EDP’s people – more than 13.000 employees around the globe from 63 different nationalities – drive and diversity uphold the group’s ambitious targets. The updated Business Plan foresees 3000 new hires by 2026 to a net total of 14.000 employees and the objective to reach 31% of women in leadership positions, basing the talent strategy on attraction, experience and development and renewing its recognition as a top employer across the regional hubs.
EDP will also continue to empower communities for an active role in the energy transition, protecting the planet for the coming generations and engaging its partners for an impactful transformation. The group will invest up to 200 million euros in social impact initiatives by 2026.
Strong financials with improved shareholder remuneration
EDP will leverage its distinctive asset rotation model to crystalize value and further empower growth. Following a 20 billion euros asset rotation track record in the last decade, the group now expects to reach 7 billion euros in proceeds and capital gains by 2026. And, at the same time, it remains fully committed to a strong BBB rating which will structurally support the investment cycle ahead and will maintain a strong liquidity position covering refinancing needs beyond 2025.
The group is also committed to delivering superior value through sustained earning per share (EPS) growth and a solid dividend policy with an increased floor for shareholders. With the recurring net income expected to reach 1.4-1.5 billion euros by 2025, the dividend per share (DPS) floor will gradually increase from 0,19 to 0,20 euros, while the target pay-out will be revised to 60-70%. EDP Renewables improved its dividend policy to a 30-50% pay-out ratio through a scrip dividend providing a flexible and competitive remuneration to its shareholders, aligned with the market.
Capital raises to support growth ambition
With the aim of promoting corporate structure simplification, EDP announced today the launch of a 100% tender offer over its listed subsidiary EDP Brasil, 56.05% (consolidates 57,55%) owned, to acquire the shares held by the minority shareholders. To finance the tender offer, EDP intends to raise equity, through the increase of share capital, in an amount of €1 billion. The launch and completion of this transaction will be subject to corporate approvals and favorable market conditions being met.
EDP already has the commitment of CTG, ADIA and GIC in an aggregate amount of up to €0.6 billion, subject to final market terms. The delisting of EDP Brasil is expected to be concluded in the second half of 2023.
Brazil is a sizable market with solid fundamentals and energy transition opportunities, where EDP will continue to focus on networks and renewables through a portfolio reshuffling. Since 1995, EDP Brasil has grown to 2 electricity distribution concessions with 3,8 million clients, transmission lines with over 2 thousand kms and 2GW of hydro capacity. EDP Renewables Brazil, founded in 2009, has 1.1 GW in renewables in operation. This operation will strengthen the focus on renewables and networks segments, with reduction of the exposure to hydro and exiting from thermal.
Simultaneously, and in order to partially finance its updated investment plan, EDP Renewables intends to raise equity and entered into an investment agreement with Lisson Grove Investment Pte Ltd, an affiliate of GIC Pte Ltd., Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund and a leading global long-term investor, in which the latter committed to subscribe c.€1.0 billion worth of new shares in a capital increase. The commitment by GIC to subscribe shares in EDPR shall be subject to the decision of EDPR to launch the transaction at an appropriate time vis-à-vis market conditions.