Gallery: World’s Biggest Producer of Wind Energy Records $4 Billion in ...


The world’s largest producer of wind energy, Spain-based Iberdrola SA, blew way analysts’ expectations last year with a whopping $4 billion in profits — analysts had expected their gain to clock in at $3.9 billion. To sweeten the deal even more, the company’s power generation rose 8 percent to 154,073 gigawatt hours and they produced half of that electricity without emitting carbon dioxide.

Iberdrola has 44,991 megawatts of energy production worldwide — they’ve got investments in many countries — and of that production wind and solar account for 28 percent, hydropower for 22 percent, and nuclear plants for 7.4 percent. Their production of wind and solar rose to 12,532 gigawatts last year. The company generates about half their energy outside of Spain and looks to invest a huge chunk of change into renewable energy in the US and UK in the coming years.

We all know you can shout from the rooftops about the environmental benefits of renewable energy and there will still be a whole host of people that don’t listen but this major profit from one of the biggest renewable energy producers in the world is great news for the clean cause because non-believers all start paying attention when “cha-chings” are heard. In a down economy Iberdrola has proven that green energy is on the up and up. With as much as $22 billion over the next two years in investments — much of it in renewable energy generation — we can all be expecting this initial Iberdrola profit gain to keep on keeping on.



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  1. TFStacy February 28, 2011 at 9:58 am

    It would be better for you, Mr. Ligett, if you would refrain from nonsensically mixing units of power with units of energy. Of course, that assumes your readers go beyond religion and into science in their analysis of the electricity sector – perhaps too idealistic of ME!

    I would recommend you spend some time learning at Cork Hayden’s “The Energy Advocate.” Cork and physics get along, and he has a way of helping people like yourself overcome elementary roadblocks to credibility.

    Thank you.

  2. John Cox February 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    This article leaves out an important component, subsidies. Without tax payer funds no profits.

  3. Luca Semprini February 25, 2011 at 9:09 am

    While this certainly makes a great case study, it also remains an exception to the rule. WIthout a nationwide energy policy, it will be very difficult for renewable energy companies in the U.S. to turn in numbers even remotely close to this…

    That said, wind power (together with solar) shows great potential to generate ROI in a relatively narrow time frame. Check out Powering a Nation’s Roping the Wind, for example, to learn more about wind power and its economic impact.

    Luca Semprini

  4. caeman February 25, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Awesome! So, wind is profitable! No need for any more subsidies, then.

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