At present, 21 of France’s 58 nuclear reactors are offline. The country’s power prices have skyrocketed, as have imports. Power from fossil fuel is increasing, and the country has now postponed its plans to implement a floor price on carbon. “Nuclear doesn’t need coal as a backup like renewables do in Germany,” reads one comment meme. The reading is already silly: Germany backs up renewables with coal because it has cheap coal; if it had gas (or hydro), it would back them up with that. But now, news from France indicates that the model country for nuclear is itself slipping back into fossil. In September, the French generated more power from fossil fuel than in any September since 1984, according to Bloomberg. Back then, the news would have surprised France; after all, the government planned to build 170 reactors by 2000 and become fully nuclear for all energy (not just electricity). It never got far beyond 40 percent nuclear and now aims to reduce the share of nuclear in the power sector from 75 to 50 percent by 2025.
Renew Economy 28th Oct 2016 read more »
[Machine translation] While the nuclear industry wants to forget the past by giving flat all the irregularities in recent months on the French park, Constable of the atom has launched a process that will lead to legal consequences for Areva. But the story does not stop at laboratory tests or tests on heavy sacrificial parts. “There are two unacceptable practices in this issue: not to talk to his client or to the safety authority concerned (and) a number of documents that are related to forgery,” Judge Pierre-Franck Chevet, President the nuclear safety Authority (ASN). In this context, “We were reacted by making a report to the prosecutor of the competent Republic under Article 40 of the Criminal Procedure Code,” he added. Bernard Fontana, a few minutes earlier, assured expect that this case is the prosecution.
Usine Nouvelle 26th Oct 2016 read more »