By combining flexible nuclear power plant operation with the use of variable renewable energy sources, Europe will be able to ensure security of energy supply while reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, according to the European nuclear trade body Foratom. However, it calls for an EU energy policy that creates the right market and regulatory conditions for this to happen. Brussels-based Foratom noted there is a general misconception that nuclear can only provide baseload energy. However, nuclear power plants can also be operated flexibly, “providing a large-scale solution to the need for network stability and flexibility”. According to the trade group, “Analysis shows for a fact that [nuclear power plants and variable renewable energy sources] can be highly complementary if the right framework is adapted.
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