French power output falls as gas share grows

Despite an increase in power generation from gas last year, France's total power production dipped by 2.8% Despite an increase in power generation from gas last year, France's total power production dipped by 2.8%.
By Silvia Favasuli 17 February 2017 0 24033

French power generation from gas-fired plants increased by 61% in 2016 compared with 2015, according to transmission system operator RTE. Gas moved from a 4% share of total production in 2015 up to a 6.6% share in 2016. 

But despite the increase in generation from gas – and an 8.2% increase in hydropower, 11.3% increase in solar and 6.3% increase in bioenergy – total power production in France dipped by 2.8% last year. This was mainly the result of the 7.9% drop in nuclear production. 

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