EU Energy Policy

Europe’s nuclear players eye share of renewables boom

The nuclear power industry is keen to be a partner to Europe’s expanding renewables sector, putting it in competition with gas for market share The nuclear power industry is keen to be a partner to Europe’s expanding renewables sector, putting it in competition with gas for market share.
By Andreas Walstad 10 May 2018 0 30793
Artist’s impression of the UK’s Hinkley C project. (EDF)

Europe’s nuclear industry wants to play a major role as a backup for intermittent power supply from wind and solar in the coming years – and it is well-positioned to do so if regulatory issues such as further reform of the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) and national capacity payments are addressed, some experts say. 

Gas industry lobbyists have long sought to persuade Brussels that the fuel is the perfect partner to the expansion of renewables. They argue gas emits...