EDF offers 7 sites to shut down up to 14 reactors. EDF has proposed to the government seven sites for the closure of 14 nuclear reactors by 2035, in addition to the shutdowns of the two Fessenheim units this year, according to the modified version of France’s energy roadmap (PPE). In this new version, put in public consultation Monday evening for a month, EDF would shut down up to seven pairs of 900 MW reactors in order to reduce the share of nuclear energy in the electricity mix to 50%, compared to around 72% today, as the government wishes. These closings would take place at the Blayais, (3.6 GW), Bugey (3.6 GW), Chinon (3.6 GW), Cruas (3.6 GW), Dampierre (3.6 GW), Gravelines (5) sites. , 4 GW) and Tricastin (3.6 GW). None of the 19 French nuclear sites should therefore close, as requested by the executive, the targeted power plants housing four or more reactors. The previous version of the PPE did not indicate which reactors were going to be shut down.
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EDF unveils the list of 14 nuclear reactors expected to shut down by 2035.
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France could shut down its next two nuclear reactors in 2025-2026 if market conditions are right, earlier than expected as it presses ahead with plans to close 14 reactors by 2035, a government consultation document showed on Tuesday. Nuclear-dependent France aims to reduce the share of atomic power in its electricity generation to 50% by 2035 from 75% currently. France’s oldest two reactors at the Fessenheim nuclear plant will stop production in February and June this year. The next closures had been expected in 2027-2028.
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The new environmental regulation RE 2020 benefits electric heaters. Officially taken for climatic reasons, this decision mainly ensures outlets for the nuclear industry. The revision of the “primary energy conversion factor for electricity” is certainly not the most publicized of the government’s reforms. But behind this subject too “techno” to go to the news, hides a big deal, which was played away from microphones and cameras. The State, as we know, is the main shareholder of EDF, which, we also know, is in great difficulty. The tricolor electrician is weighed down by his debt, by the drift in the costs of his new nuclear power plants under construction in France and in the United Kingdom and by a wall of investments to be made to maintain aging production capacities. In this context, the temptation to push the French to consume more electricity (whose prices are also rising faster than inflation) is stronger than ever. Even sneakily, by secretly tinkering with certain parameters of the new environmental and thermal building regulations, known as RE 2020. The aim of the operation? Encourage the return of electric heaters in new homes.
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The French government in its latest draft of the country’s multi-year energy plan (PPE) has proposed raising its 2028 offshore wind target to between 5.2GW and 6.2GW, up from a range of 4.7-5.2GW envisaged before. The proposal, which now is in public consultation, also sets an interim target for 2023 of 2.4GW. As part of the proposal, 250MW of floating wind are scheduled to be auctioned in each of 2021 and 2022 in southern Brittany and the Mediterranean, while 1GW in fixed offshore wind is due to be tendered-off this year off the coast of Normandy. Another 1GW in bottom-fixed offshore wind capacity off the southern Atlantic coast is scheduled to be tendered next year or in 2022, and a further 1GW in fixed offshore at a yet-undisclosed location in 2023.
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