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France’s renewables plans may leave more room for gas

France’s nuclear phase-out may not be as ambitious as first planned, but the coming renewables boom and decline of coal could increase the operating hours of flexible CCGTs France’s nuclear phase-out may not be as ambitious as first planned, but the coming renewables boom and decline of coal could increase the operating hours of flexible CCGTs.
By Andreas Walstad 10 August 2018 0 32095
Fessenheim nuclear plant, France. (EDF)

France’s ambitions for clean energy, coupled with the closure of 3 GW of coal-fired and nuclear power plants, may leave supply gaps that could be filled by flexible combined-cycle gas turbines (CCGTs). 

Renewables account for 18% of France’s final energy consumption, which means the country looks set to miss its EU target of 23% by 2020. However, the government has taken steps to support a massive roll-out of renewables in the coming years, in terms of both wind and solar. For example, the...