Wind or nuclear? Six scenarios for zero carbon electricity in 2050. The RTE electricity network operator has worked on the fully carbon-free mix of the future. From 100% renewable energies to a powerful revival of the French nuclear program, the most likely scenario associates large solar and wind farms with new EPRs. How will France be able to produce 100% carbon-free electricity by the middle of the century to meet the objective set at the Cop 21 in Paris and help curb climate change, even though demand for it? clean watts should jump like never before to respond, among other things, to the boom of the electric car? In a progress report called “Energy Futures 2050” released on Tuesday, the operator of the RTE electricity network outlines six scenarios, ranging from 100% renewable energies (ENR) to a strong revival of the French nuclear program through the construction of 14 new EPR reactors. An exercise requested by the government in 2019 to make the National Low Carbon Strategy concrete (SNBC), while the debate often boils down to a very divided confrontation between supporters of a total withdrawal from the atom for the benefit of renewable energies and new supporters of “nuclear for the climate”.
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