Even though Iberdrola reported net profits of €2.09 Bn in the first nine months of 2018, which means 13.5% less than in the same period of 2017, the group’s net ordinary profits, excluding extraordinary incomes, represented 38% more up to €2.05 Bn. The company also explained its hydroelectric and nuclear assets are not completely amortised.
Droughts are not new in Spain, but current year is the third driest year of all time, behind 1981 and 2005. This situation is hitting the hydroelectric capacity of both Spanish utilities Iberdrola and Endesa. In fact, hydroelectric production in Spain fell almost 58% as reservoirs are at 37% capacity when they are normally at 60% during this time of the year.