Policy & Regulation

French energy policy offers chance for gas

Plans to phase out coal and nuclear in France’s power supply could offer gas a chance to gain market share Plans to phase out coal and nuclear in France’s power supply could offer gas a chance to gain market share.
By Annemarie Botzki 19 July 2017 0 26830
The Fessenheim nuclear plant, France. The government plans to reduce nuclear’s share of the country’s energy mix. (EDF)

France’s renewed push to phase out nuclear and coal in the power sector could offer an opportunity for the gas industry to gain market share, although analysts remain sceptical about the intended timeframe and scale of the phase-out.

Nicolas Hulot, France’s new environment minister, who assumed office in May, said he will follow through on the previous government’s target to reduce nuclear’s share of the power mix from 75% to 50% by 2025. “It’s understandable that, in order to reach that target, we will have to...