18 Feb 22
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EDF Group 2021 financial results: highlights for EDF Energy in the UK

EDF Group has published its financial results for 2021
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Today EDF Group published its financial results for 2021. These results relate to the operations of the entire EDF Group around the world, not just the UK. 
 
EDF Energy Ltd will provide an external communication with the breakdown of how each part of its business has performed when it publishes its annual segmental accounts before the end of April this year. 
 
A summary of results relating to EDF Energy in the UK is below: 

  • UK EBITDA -£21million in 2021, vs. £712m in 2020  
  • UK EBIT -£1.7billion in 2021, vs. -£862m in 2020 
  • Significant losses reflect the ongoing impact of COVID-19, high global gas prices, and unplanned outages at UK nuclear power stations  
  • Hinkley Point C schedule remains unchanged with the start of electricity generation scheduled for June 2026, but COVID-19 continues to have an impact on the project 
  • Strong operating performance in residential business with over 650,000 accounts added and smart metering targets exceeded 
  • 2021 was a landmark year for progress on the company’s future operations, with legislation for a new financing model to be used by Sizewell C, the signing of the decommissioning agreement with UK Government, and further investment delivered in electric vehicles through the listing of Podpoint on the London Stock Exchange. By the end of 2021 had installed 160,000 chargepoints, up 70% on the year before.

Generation

The nuclear fleet produced 41.7TWh in 2021, 4TWh less than the previous year, due to unplanned outages. The lost output had to be bought back at high market prices.

The business confirmed the end of generation at Dungeness B in 2021 and Hunterston B in January 2022. The nuclear decommissioning arrangements signed between EDF and the UK Government provide long term certainty for the Generation business’ important role in UK decommissioning.  

Customers 

Our residential business gained over 650,000 customer accounts in 2021. We stepped in to take on customers of Green Network Energy, Utility Point, Zog Energy. Despite the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on Customers’ operations in 2021, we exceeded our smart meter target and we currently rank second among large suppliers in the Citizens Advice ratings.  
  
The historic increase in wholesale energy prices increased costs for our Customers business in 2021. The energy price cap meant that we were unable to pass on most rising costs and as a result our residential business was loss-making. 

Hinkley Point C  

Hinkley Point C made good progress in 2021, passing the “halfway” mark of construction – the project is c.52% completed. The schedule for the project remains unchanged with planned electricity generation from Unit 1 in June 2026. Also unchanged is the previously identified risk of ‘high probability’ delays for Units 1 and 2 of 15 and 9 months respectively. Despite industry-leading steps in addressing COVID-19, the schedule remains under additional pressure due to the continuing impact of the pandemic in 2021 and other issues.  
  
Progress on site included completion of the 2500m3 concrete table that will support the turbine of Unit 1, and the first steel ring section was successfully lifted on to the reactor building of Unit 2.  

Sizewell C  

Legislation for the use of the Regulated Asset Base (RAB) model to finance new nuclear is currently going through Parliament. We hope to use the RAB model to finance Sizewell C. The Government also pledged £1.7bn for large-scale nuclear and recently announced £100m to support Sizewell C’s further development.  
 
A decision on the Development Consent Order for Sizewell C is expected by the end of May 2022. 

Renewables 

EDF Renewables added two battery sites to its growing portfolio at Kemsley and Cowley, which are providing much needed flexibility to balance electricity supply and demand, stabilise the grid and enable mass EV charging. 

We entered the GB grid scale solar market, taking investment decisions on three projects and starting construction on one.  We also started construction of three solar sites in Ireland alongside our ongoing development of the Codling Offshore Wind Park. 

Work got underway building the 30 MW West Benhar onshore wind farm in North Lanarkshire.  

To support our ambitions growth plans, we successfully grew the headcount of the business by adding another 70 people. 

 


 

Notes / Glossary of terms

EDF Renewables’ accounts are not included in the above as they are consolidated and presented as part of the EDF Renewables Group.

Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) / Operating profit

This is a company’s operating profits before payments for tax and interest payments are included. The charge for depreciation and amortisation is included in the operating profit figure.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)

This is effectively the company’s net income from selling energy minus its operating expenses, but it excludes the significant costs involved in repaying loans, paying tax and the declining value of the assets it owns (e.g. buildings, power stations and equipment).

It also does not include the amount a company must invest to maintain existing assets or build new power stations.

About EDF

EDF is helping Britain achieve Net Zero by leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission electric future and tackling climate change. It is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity(1), meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers with electricity and gas.

It generates low carbon electricity from six nuclear power stations and more than thirty onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms, and operates one coal power station, EV charge-points, and combined heat and power plants.

EDF is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and is leading the development of plans for a replica at Sizewell C in Suffolk. Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C will provide low carbon electricity to meet 14% of UK demand and power around 12 million homes.

EDF also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables, solar and battery storage. The company’s largest offshore wind farm is currently being built in Scotland and the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe project will be ready in 2023. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

EDF is helping its customers, both in business and at home, take their first steps to sustainably powering their lives. Whether it is buying an electric car, generating and storing electricity or selling energy back to the grid. EDF is one of the largest suppliers to British business and a leading supplier of innovative energy solutions that are helping businesses become more energy independent. In addition, the company’s energy services business, Imtech, is one of the largest technical service providers in the UK and Ireland.

EDF is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.