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Hulot to announce nuclear closures by end of year

FRANCE: By the end of the year France should have a "precise timetable" for the planned closure of nuclear power plant detailing "which reactors and how many reactors" are involved, energy minister Nicolas Hulot announced.

French energy minister Nicolas Hulot will set out plans to reduce France's nuclear power reliance by the end of this year (pic: EDF / Stefan Kühn)
French energy minister Nicolas Hulot will set out plans to reduce France's nuclear power reliance by the end of this year (pic: EDF / Stefan Kühn)

At the same time, "the real turning point [in the energy transition] is the development of renewable energies, and it is on this that I want to be judged," he said.

The comments came at events to mark the end of a national public debate to help shape France’s next multi-annual energy programme (PPE) covering the periods 2018-2023 and 2024-2028.

The PPE will detail how France will manage the transition from sourcing around 75% of its electricity from nuclear power down to 50%.

The 50% target was supposed to be achieved by 2025, but last year Hulot admitted that France would miss its deadline.

Initial results from the public debate show that people are frustrated by the lack of progress in reducing the share of nuclear and in developing renewable energies.

Not establishing a clear deadline for achieving the 50% target would be seen as "extremely negative," noted debate president Jacques Archimbaud.

A draft PPE is expected in the autumn, and a final version by the end of the year.

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