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France To Cut Nuclear Power By A Third

August 30, 2016

By Paul Homewood 




PEI report:


The French government will pay around $451m in compensation to EDF for the closure of its Fessenheim nuclear power plant.

The company had just recently performed works on the facility to improve its safety but has since been confirmed for closure.
Segolene Royal
Insiders have told Reuters that the utility reached a preliminary deal with the government on the amount, which can be supplemented by several payments over the next two decades depending on future power prices.

In June, Environment and Energy Minister Segolene Royal (right) offered to compensate the state-controlled company for the planned shutdown with a fixed sum plus possible subsequent payments. Before being elected in 2012, French President Francois Hollande had pledged to close the country’s oldest nuclear plant by the end of his five-year mandate, a long-time request of environmentalist party allies.

France plans to reduce the share of electricity it gets from atomic power to 50 per cent by 2025 from about three-quarters now.

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy, who’s running in this year’s presidential primaries of opposition party Les Republicains, has said he won’t close Fessenheim if he wins the presidency next year.


What makes it particularly relevant is this comment:

France plans to reduce the share of electricity it gets from atomic power to 50 per cent by 2025 from about three-quarters now.


Which rather begs the question, where the hell will we get our electricity from, when we are reliant upon interconnectors to France and the wind is not blowing?

  1. AlecM permalink
    August 30, 2016 4:46 pm

    The issue is what do you do when you have run out of asylum space for all these bloody lunatics?

  2. Oliver K. Manuel permalink
    August 30, 2016 4:57 pm

    This is other futile attempt to hide the truth that is indelibly recorded in exact rest masses of the ~3,000 types of atoms that comprise all matter:

  3. August 30, 2016 5:10 pm

    Segolene Royal ? – makes Milliband Minor look good. Driving up prices and causing shortages?? – that’s really going to go down well with the natives …. Some of the French lefty rhetoric makes the Guardian look quite calm and rational.

  4. August 30, 2016 5:12 pm

    Wonder where France will get its power from? We’ll have to export our virtual energy to their system. Maybe the French do not believe they will also fail with Renewable, (undependable) power.

    Strange change of approach, maybe the capital and decommissioning costs of nuclear stations are now worrying them?

    • catweazle666 permalink
      August 30, 2016 10:22 pm

      “Wonder where France will get its power from?”


      How about Scotland?

  5. Bloke down the pub permalink
    August 30, 2016 5:55 pm

    So they won’t mind keeping the plants running and sell the electricity to the UK?

  6. markl permalink
    August 30, 2016 7:07 pm

    Another EU country happily joins the going out of industry bandwagon as their politicians become useful idiots for the UN wealth redistribution narrative.

  7. J Martin permalink
    August 30, 2016 7:11 pm

    Given the tendency for the French to violently protest, I would think one winter with rolling powercuts would produce a swift reversal of their latest swampy policy.

    • spetzer86 permalink
      August 31, 2016 3:20 pm

      Assuming they bring the plants down in such a way they can be restarted. If they’re really serious, they’ll level the things and there won’t be any going back on the quick.

  8. August 30, 2016 9:08 pm

    ‘France plans to reduce the share of electricity it gets from atomic power to 50 per cent by 2025 from about three-quarters now.’

    Diesel generator makers and sellers will be celebrating.

  9. August 31, 2016 8:03 am

    Because of Frances’s very sane commitment to Nuclear power for ~80% of their electricity generation some while ago they now stand as a “Green” beacon having the lowest CO2 emissions / head off any developed nation.

    This year according to the recent BP data they achieved a level of 4.42 tonnes CO2 / head / year. This emissions level is now below the global emissions average 4.46 tonnes CO2 / head / year.

    That global average includes both India and the remainder of the underdeveloped world, ~53% of world population, with a CO2 emissions level of ~1.7 tonnes / head / year.
    It is therefore incredible that France is doing anything at all with weather dependent renewable when it has already achieved such CO2 emissions reduction success.

    For comparison the following CO2 emission rates were current 2015 according to BP data:
    USA 16.8 tonnes /head
    EU 6.9 tonnes / head
    China 6.4 tonnes / head

    And the idea of cutting back on this amazing success by the closure of Nuclear generation must be the height of Green madness.

    • August 31, 2016 9:28 am

      Ed, France has had the lowest cost electricity in Europe for years and has exported large amounts. Have they altered the economic rules? Maybe the costs of decommissioning and building new plant are being put on EdeF, where they were a state asset originally.

      They cannot seriously believe that going wind/solar will reduce their carbon emissions compared with nuclear as the back-up will be fossil fuel.

  10. August 31, 2016 8:34 am

    fortunately there isn’t a chance in hell the green party nor the current socialist will be included in the next government after the elections in 2017 so this idiocy will not happen

  11. It doesn't add up... permalink
    August 31, 2016 8:55 pm

    Adding to the impending reductions in French power availability are plans to impose a carbon floor price sufficient to close their 3GW of coal capacity. There’s an interesting discussion of some other consequences here:

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