Rhone water, used by the Saint-Alban generating station to cool its reactors, has become too hot and its release poses a risk to the environment. This is one of the consequences of the heat wave: when the temperature of the rivers rises , the nuclear power stations can be put temporarily stopped. The situation occurred yesterday afternoon at the Saint-Alban plant in the Isère. The reactor number 1 was stopped Wednesday in the early afternoon because of too much heat.
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French utility EDF on Wednesday said that forecasts of high temperatures in the Rhone River could lead to the shutdown from Aug. 3 of four nuclear reactors which depend on its waters for cooling.
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Electricity generation from renewable and nuclear power sources in France jumped in June and squeezed out fossil fuels coal, oil, and gas, grid operator RTE said in its Monthly Electrical Energy Overview on Wednesday. Thanks to the rainfall in June, hydropower electricity generation surged by 47.9 percent, renewable power generation excluding hydropower was up slightly, and nuclear power generation increased by 6.3 percent in June 2018 compared to the same month in 2017, RTE said.
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