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Nuclear Power Policy Activist, Independent

I am a passionate advocate for the environment and nuclear energy. With the threat of climate change, I’ve embarked on a mission to help overcome the fears of nuclear energy. I’ve been active in...

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"Emmanuel Macron has announced a “renaissance” for the French nuclear industry with a vast programme to build as many as 14 new reactors, arguing that it would help end the country’s reliance on fossil fuels and make France carbon neutral by 2050.

"'What our country needs ... is the rebirth of France’s nuclear industry,' Macron said in a speech in the eastern industrial town of Belfort, in which he lauded the country’s technological prowess.

"The centrist French president, who is expected to announce his campaign for re-election this month, is conscious of a growing debate about energy ahead of this spring’s presidential vote as costs to consumers rise. Environmental issues are also a growing concern among French voters.

"Atomic energy provides about 70% of French electricity, and low-cost nuclear power has been a mainstay of the French economy since the 1970s, but recent attempts to build new-generation reactors to replace older models have become mired in cost overruns and delays."

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Joe Deely on Feb 11, 2022

Let's take a look at the current situation with Nuclear in France. What a mess!


EDF's shares fall after French firm cuts nuclear output forecast


EDF, which announced its revisions on Monday, has faced pressure from government steps to tackle higher energy bills. It has also been plagued by delays over new reactors and been forced to shut reactors to deal with corrosion and other safety issues.

It slashed its nuclear output forecast for 2022 to 295-315 terawatt-hours from a previously expected 300-330 terawatt-hours, saying this was related to nuclear safety controls.

EDF said its new output forecasts took into account known or suspected corrosion problems on 11 reactors. It said three - Chinon 3, Bugey 4 and Cattenom 3 - faced unscheduled shutdowns.

Two reactors had shutdowns extended. Penly 1's shutdown would run to Oct. 31 and Chooz 1 would stay shut until Dec. 31.

EDF said it would announce its 2023 forecast "as soon as possible".

To illustrate just how bad that 2022 forecast is - here is chart showing French Nuclear Generation since 2010. 




Luckily, France does have a "Plan B"

France will also increase its solar power capacity tenfold by 2050 to more than 100 gigawatts (GW) and target building 50 offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of at least 40 GW.


This should offset the decline in nuclear generation France is now experiencing and will continue to experience as its aging nuclear fleet continues to decline.




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Bob Meinetz on Feb 11, 2022

"Yikes! Corrosion problems!!!!! Some pipes are.....RUSTY. Heaven help us!!!!!"

The sound of anti-nuclear desperation is music to my ears.

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