Électricité de France’s (ÉDF) swoop for a stake in Codling Bank wind farm off the Co Wicklow coast was not unexpected. The deal makes the French power giant the latest in a series of big names to stake a claim to part of the Irish Sea. The French government-controlled ÉDF’s focus here is on renewable energy. Interestingly, though, it has been promoting the virtues of nuclear power in Britain, where it owns eight such generators. The group’s publicity dubs the technology the “most affordable large-scale, low-carbon energy source available to the UK”. That is accurate. Nuclear reactors emit far less greenhouse gas than fossil fuel electricity generators, although they produce more than renewable power such as wind. In France, ÉDF manages 58 nuclear plants, which generate around 70 per cent of the electricity used there. The country’s energy prices are amongst the lowest in Europe, and it exports enough power every year to keep this country going for 18 months.
Irish Times 13th Feb 2020 read more »