France finally sees the light

SAINT-NAZAIRE, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday called for a “massive acceleration” of renewable energy development in his country, including offshore wind farms and solar power, via a new plan that seeks to bring lagging France closer to the energy policies of its European neighbors.

The move comes amid a major energy crisis in Europe aggravated by Russia’s war in Ukraine. Macron wants France to gain more independence in terms of electricity production.

He then detailed a range of measures to accelerate renewable energy projects. A bill will be presented next week at a Cabinet meeting.

“We need a massive acceleration,” Macron said. “I want us to go at least twice as fast for renewable energy projects. … “our neighbors often managed to do more, better and, above all, faster.”

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Jaak

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At the moment, about half of France’s 56 nuclear reactors, all operated by EDF, are shut down for usual maintenance and, in some cases, to repair corrosion problems. The government said this month that EDF committed to restart all of them by this winter.

The French government has warned that a worst-case scenario could lead to rolling power cuts in French homes, and officials have presented an “energy sobriety” plan targeting a 10% reduction in energy use by 2024.

Jaak

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A little bird told me that nuclear is always up and running. Even in the dark. I guess that bird was wrong.

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This summer’s heat and drought may have been the wake up call.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-02817-2
Yet the nuclear energy industry in France is facing significant challenges. Climate change, for example, is already hampering French nuclear output. An especially hot and dry summer has warmed the country’s rivers and lowered water levels, reducing the ability of its energy companies to use the water to cool nuclear reactors. Some power plants are beginning to show their age and require extensive maintenance for corrosion damage, which could end up taking years. All of this has conspired to force half of France’s nuclear reactors offline for now. This couldn’t have come at a worse time: Europe’s energy prices and supplies are already under immense pressure following the invasion of Ukraine.

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A little bird told me that nuclear is always up and running. Even in the dark. I guess that bird was wrong.

It is well known that nuclear plants schedule maintenance and refueling during known periods of low demand. i.e. not in the high heat of summer nor the extreme cold of winter.

Mike

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It is well known that nuclear plants schedule maintenance and refueling during known periods of low demand. i.e. not in the high heat of summer nor the extreme cold of winter.

Mike

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Well France has shutdown about 50% of their nuclear power plants this summer for repair. France has major safety issue with many of the nuclear reactors that needed to be fixed. They are working 24/7 trying to fix these reactors - so 24/7 fixing not 24/7 power generation.

Jaak