President Macron has pledged vast investments in wind and solar power to reduce France’s reliance on nuclear energy but few concessions on fuel taxes. In a speech laying out his vision for France’s future energy needs, he refused to ditch the environmental levies on petrol and diesel that are at the root of the “yellow vest” protests that have led to chaos and violence. Instead Mr Macron said that €71 billion would be set aside to boost renewable energy so that it produced about 40 per cent of the country’s needs by 2035. While insisting that he understood the anger of mainly provincial protesters who are blocking roads over the petrol price rises, the president did little to meet their demands for a cut in the fuel duties.
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The French government rejected the idea of breaking up Electricite de France SA and said it could reinforce its shareholding to help the nation’s largest utility make investments in future projects. “We want EDF to remain an integrated group,” Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy said at a briefing in Paris on Tuesday after President Emmanuel Macron outlined a raft of new energy proposals. “There are possibilities to have parent companies and subsidiaries. We are going to work on these possibilities.” The government’s proposals remain vague, and EDF shares tumbled as investors grappled to make sense of the plans. The stock dropped as much as 4.5 percent, the biggest decline in six months, and was down 2 percent at 13.70 euros as of 3:26 p.m. in Paris.
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The French government has told energy giant EDF to make proposals about changes to its structure aimed at making the group more efficient. Although the French state is not thought to be considering an immediate break-up of the nuclear-focused EDF, the structural changes could lead to some of the group’s assets being placed into subsidiaries, say analysts. By ordering the power group to make the proposals, it also allows French president Emmanuel Macron to avoid angering unions and a public with strong emotional attachments to the company at a time when his popularity has dipped, analysts add. The French government on Tuesday unveiled long-awaited plans to cut back heavily on its use of nuclear power. EDF has been the focus of speculation over its make-up after former French environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, said last year that the structure of the company might have to change. This would allow it to embrace a transition towards environmentally friendly energy rather than “resist” it. At the time analysts suggested EDF’s nuclear activities and riskier debt could be separated from its renewable, retail and network assets. On Tuesday, newly appointed environment minister, François de Rugy, suggested a change of some sort might be afoot but that it would not happen immediately.
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Macron delays reduction of nuclear share by a decade, but announces 45 GW solar target by 2030. Although the French president promised that solar capacity will increase fivefold by 2030, France’s new energy strategy will maintain nuclear power at the core of its electricity system. The decommissioning of approximately 20% of France’s nuclear power generation assets, originally set by the country’s energy transition law for 2025, has been delayed to 2035. Macron said, however, that this plan may be reconsidered if more innovation for storage technologies can help mitigate issues related to the intermittence of renewables, and if there can be stronger European integration.
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Michèle Rivasi, spokesman on nuclear power for the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, said: “Today’s announcement cannot hide the general nuclear agenda of the French government. President Emmanuel Macron talks about ‘nouveau nucléaire’ such as the Evolutionary Power Reactor that produce much more expensive electricity than renewable energies and are still difficult to control and risky. Mr Macron needs to do far more if he wants a green and social energy transition. “It’s time to start taxing carbon emissions and making companies pay their fair share towards a cleaner tomorrow. France has a key role to play in the EU meeting its Paris Climate Commitments, and right now the French government needs to be far more ambitious and more radical if we are to avoid climate catastrophe.”
EU Reporter 28th Nov 2018 read more »
President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that France would shut down 14 of the country’s 58 nuclear reactors currently in operation by 2035, of which between four and six will be closed by 2030. The total includes the previously announced shutdown of France’s two oldest reactors in Fessenheim, eastern France, which Macron said was now set for summer 2020. He also announced that France would close its remaining four coal-fired power plants by 2022 as part of the country’s anti-pollution efforts. In a speech laying out the country’s energy policies for the coming years, Macron said that “reducing the role of nuclear energy does not mean renouncing it”. France relies on nuclear power for nearly 72 percent of its electricity needs, though the government wants to reduce this to 50 percent by 2030 or 2035 by developing more renewable energy sources.
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Emmanuel Macron and François de Rugy presented Tuesday, November 27, the main lines of the Multi-Year Energy Program (EPP). This roadmap, which is the goal of the 2015 Energy Transition Law, has two objectives: face the challenge of climate change by drastically limiting greenhouse gas emissions, which have been on the rise since 2015; to diversify the electricity mix, reducing France’s dependence on nuclear energy.
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A few days before the opening of COP24 and a few weeks after the release of the IPCC alarmist report, France chooses to discredit itself on the international scene. ” For the umpteenth time, the government is bowing to the nuclear lobby. This incoherent plan resembles, no more and no less, EDF’s plan: to play the watch and preserve nuclear power at all costs. All this by obscuring the reality of the French nuclear fleet: aging, poorly, teeming with anomalies, increasingly expensive and increasingly dangerous, “said Alix Mazounie, energy campaigner for Greenpeace France.
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France is to phase out more than a dozen nuclear reactors, close coal-fired plant and invest heavily in solar power and onshore and offshore wind. In a major policy statement on energy, President Macron said today (27 November 2018) that 14 nuclear reactors will be closed by 2035, a process that will begin in the summer of 2020 with the shutdown of two reactors at Fessenheim. However, the President said “reducing the share of nuclear energy does not mean giving up nuclear energy,” which will remain central to French energy policy. “We have decided to close all of our coal plants by 2022. This is a pioneering measure,” he said, noting that in other countries coal-fired generation is still being rolled out.
Offshore Wind Journal 27th Nov 2018 read more »
French President Emmanuel Macron has said the country will move more slowly than promised to cap the amount of energy it derives from nuclear energy. Amid daily protests about high energy prices, Mr Macron said France will shut down 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 out of 58 now in order. He said France would cap the amount of electricity it derives from nuclear plants at 50% by 2035, which is a delay compared with the goal of 2025 set by his predecessor Francois Hollande.
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France will steadily reduce its reliance on nuclear power to 50 percent of the energy mix by 2035 but will only close two reactors before the end of the current presidential mandate in 2022, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.
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