Give us the options, energy debate commission tells French government

From Reuters - February 13, 2018

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government should await the findings of a public debate before it drafts how it will meet its goal of reducing the share of nuclear energy in power generation, the commission tasked with organising the forum said on Tuesday.

Former president Francois Hollandes government drew up a multi-year energy programme (PPE) to implement a 2015 energy transition law that targeted cutting the share of nuclear energy to 50 percent by 2025 from 75 percent today.

But the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron has pushed back that deadline by a decade and not detailed how to get there. It plans to draft new PPEs for 2019-2023 and 2024-2028.

The most controversial issue is how many of French state-controlled utility EDFs 58 nuclear reactors will have to close to reach the 50 percent target and by when.

After initial consultations with energy companies, NGOs and sector specialists last month, a public debate is planned between mid-March and June. A first draft of the new PPE is due this summer.


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