France launches 13 hydropower projects (37 MW). The French government has selected thirteen small hydropower projects with a capacity of 36.7 MW, as part of a total tender of 105 MW by 2020, for an average price of EUR 87.10 / MWh, he announced Wednesday. The plants, which will be able to produce a total of 140.1 GWh / year, will be mainly built in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, according to the statement of the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition.
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France’s greenhouse gas reduction goals remain “far from being achieved”, the country’s climate advisory body has warned, with emissions having fallen by just over one per cent annually between 2015 and 2018. The Haut Conseil pour le Climat (HCC), the French government’s independent climate advisory council, today published its first ever assessment of the country’s decarbonisation progress, which shows emissions are falling at a far too slow a rate to meet national climate targets.
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The heat wave may affect the production of electricity for reasons of environmental protection but also potentially on the safety of nuclear power plants. Nuclear reactors must be permanently cooled. For this, nuclear power plants take water from a “cold source” (a river, an estuary or the sea, depending on the geographical location). They reject hot water in varying amounts depending on the cooling mode (open circuit or air coolers). For watercourses, water temperature limits downstream of power stations are set by regulations to preserve aquatic fauna and flora, forcing nuclear power plants to adapt their operation to climatic conditions, particularly during heatwave. High temperatures can also have consequences on the operation of ventilation, safety equipment, and more generally on the cooling capacities of the safety systems ensuring the evacuation of the power of the reactor.
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