France plans more nuclear outages as winter sets in

France’s nuclear output is at its lowest level for 10 years and more reactors are set to be taken offline soon, leaving gas to plug the gap France’s nuclear output is at its lowest level for 10 years and more reactors are set to be taken offline soon, leaving gas to plug the gap.
By Fatima Sadouki 2 December 2016 0 23050
The Fessenheim nuclear power plant in France. Fessenheim 1 will be taken offline in the coming weeks. (PA)

Large-scale nuclear outages in France are not only putting pressure on supplies at home and in neighbouring countries during the peak winter season, they are raising fresh concerns over France’s heavy reliance on nuclear energy.

Under its law on energy transition, France intends to reduce the share of nuclear in its energy mix to 50% by 2025 from 75% now, while boosting the share of renewables.

Anti-nuclear advocates say not enough has been done to turn the transition law into reality. "[Energy minister] Segolene Royal failed to...

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