[Machine translation] By stating that EDF has “no plans, in conjunction with the state” to close more than two nuclear reactors in the next ten years, Jean-Bernard Lévy calls into question one of the major goals of the legislation: reducing 50% by 2025 from the atom in the French electricity production. Is the energy transition law stillborn? The question may arise after the murder sentence released today by the CEO of EDF, Jean-Bernard Lévy at RTL. Here it is: “We have no plans, in conjunction with the state, given the electricity needs of the French, closing other plants that will be closed two [actually plants, he meant reactors note]. “clearly, EDF intends to close two reactors, normally those of Fessenheim (the oldest French nuclear power plant in operation, in Alsace), to compensate for the EPR commissioning of Flamanville (Manche), postponed end 2018. This corresponds to a provision of the young energy transition law enacted in August 2015, which tops out at its current level of 63.2 gigawatts of nuclear generation in the country.
Liberation 16th Feb 2016 read more »
[Machine translation] Areva in the 2000s: the world’s No. 1 nuclear power, national pride, a flagship of French industry, the backbone of the image of France abroad. Today, Areva is dying. While the purchase by EDF of its activity drags reactors, the company will be recapitalized to the tune of 5 billion. This is the largest debt ever paid by taxpayers since the collapse of Crédit Lyonnais, and that’s only the beginning … The losses frôleraient 10 billion. The story also ends badly for 6 000 employees who will see their jobs eliminated by 2017. Not counting today, Justice gets involved and suspected corruption operations.
France TV 16th Feb 2016 read more »