France will decide by the end of this year how many nuclear reactors it wants to close in order to reduce the share of nuclear in power generation, the energy minister said on Monday. Under the previous socialist government’s 2015 energy transition law, France committed to reduce the share of nuclear in power generation to 50 percent by 2025 from 75 percent today, but centrist President Emmanuel Macron late last year postponed that target by a decade. The government is now drawing up a multi-year energy plan that will specify how many reactors will close by when, and based on which criteria.
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The French government is hampering discussion about how to reduce the country’s reliance on nuclear energy by limiting debate about more radical alternatives, renewable energy advocates said on Thursday. France’s previous socialist government pledged to reduce the share of nuclear in power generation to 50 percent by 2025, from 75 percent today. President Emmanuel Macron promised to respect that pledge during his election campaign last year, but since taking office he has pushed the target back by a decade. Macron now wants to set new targets in a multi-year energy plan that will be debated this year and presented in early 2019. But renewable energy activists say that at some workshops earlier this month, the government blocked discussion of scenarios under which France would radically reduce its nuclear power capacity, instead focusing on more pro-nuclear scenarios.
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France’s state-controlled uranium mining and nuclear fuel group New Areva has been renamed Orano, the company said. Chief executive Philippe Knoche said a new name and logo were necessary to start another chapter in the history of the company, which was split in two and recapitalised in 2017 after years of losses. New Areva comprises Areva’s nuclear fuel cycle activities that remained after the reorganisation and subsequent sale of its reactor business, New NP, which was renamed Framatome earlier this month. Orano is focused on nuclear materials development and waste management. Its activities encompass uranium mining, conversion and enrichment, used fuel recycling, nuclear logistics, decommissioning and engineering. Orano said it has 16,000 employees, with revenues of €4bn ($5bn) and an order backlog of €31.8bn, representing the equivalent of nearly eight years of revenue.
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