José María Álvarez Pallete, Chairman & CEO of Telefónica, and José Manuel Entrecanales, Chairman & CEO of Acciona, signed an agreement today under which ACCIONA will supply the bulk (71.6%) of the high-tension remote-metered power that Telefónica will consume in Spain next year, which will be 100% renewable.
Telefónica awarded ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, a subsidiary of ACCIONA Energy, the contract to supply power to 83 major locations, including data processing centres, offices and other installations of Telefónica in Spain, with an estimated power consumption of 430 GWh in total.
Like all the power supplied by ACCIONA, the electricity delivered to Telefónica will be certified 100% renewable by the Spanish National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC). The use of clean energy will avoid the emission of about 413,000 tons of CO2 (from coal-fired plants), which is the main cause of global warming and climate change.
With this agreement, Telefónica will fulfil one of the key points in its Renewable Energy Plan, namely the commitment to buy mainly renewable energy from domestic sources.Telefónica already obtains 44% of its total worldwide electricity consumption from renewable sources, equivalent to the electricity consumed annually by 203,749 households.
The company has doubled its use of renewable energy, which accounted for 21% of its power consumption just a year ago, and accelerates fulfilment of the goals it established in order to contribute to the Paris Agreement: to achieve 50% by 2020 and 100% by 2030, coupled with a reduction in energy consumption.
The company already obtains 79% of its energy consumption in Spain from renewable sources; that figure is 100% in the United Kingdom and Germany. The company estimates that, when its energy supply is 100% renewable, it could save up to 6% on its total energy bill, equivalent to 1.4% of its current revenues.
This contract expands ACCIONA's supply of electricity to large corporations in the Iberian market, where it is already a significant player and the largest renewable-only supplier. This year it has undertaken to supply 5 TWh of electricity in this segment, and expects to expand by 18% next year.