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France mulls nuclear reactor closures

FRANCE: New environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, has indicated that France might have to close around 17 nuclear reactors in order to meet its commitment to reduce its share of electricity generation to 50% in 2025, down from around 75% today.

French energy minister Nicolas Hulot
French energy minister Nicolas Hulot

"Everyone can understand that to meet this objective, we will close a number of reactors ... it may be up to 17. We will see," Hulot said in an interview.

The shortfall would be met with a mix of greater energy efficiency, lower consumption and accelerated deployment of renewables.

This would include simplifying the permitting process and shortening appeals, the minister explained.

"This is a positive move for the wind sector," said Marion Lettry, assistant executive commissioner of trade body SER.

"It confirms that renewable generation can respond to meet demand, but we still need to put the tools in place to accelerate deployment," she added.

France currently has 58 reactors, of which five are over 38 years old.

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