IBERDROLA’s electricity distribution division has been fined 68,667 euros after the electrocution of a griffon vulture on a power line in the province of Valencia.
The sanction was imposed by the Department of Agriculture of the Valencian Community.
The incident occurred in 2021 and Valencia nature and conservation group Adensva says it is the first time Iberdrola has been sanctioned for an electrocuted animal in nine years in the region.
A statement from Adensva said: “It is striking that the Valencian Community has registered more than 2,500 electrocutions in that period with the vast majority in Iberdrola facilities”.
The group added that the regional government never imposed sanctions for the first violations on a specific tower or section of the power line and that several electrocutions were “repeated” without action being taken.
“It is essential that inspections of power lines are carried out every three years and that the deficiencies are reported and sanctions applied in terms of industrial safety,” the Adensva statement continued.
There have been no comments from Iberdrola.