France is looking at many dark years
This is the best piece I’ve read, by far, on the issue. Excellent!
Great piece! Would be interesting to consider the impact of very low rainfall as well on French nuclear and hydro availability. Feels like a perfect storm of bad timing is coming together...
Brilliant article! I've learned so much from this. Thank you Jérôme à Paris, you have another fan!
We have to be careful when analyzing market coupled prices ; Italy and Switzerland are also putting a strong pressure on the curves those days.
Your article is quoted in RenewEconomy: https://reneweconomy.com.au/frances-troubled-nuclear-fleet-a-bigger-problem-for-europe-than-russia-gas/
Love this level of analysis. Thanks for the piece. Really eye-opening to learn that France has turned into a net importer of power and to learn just how difficult it is to build new RE generation capacity in both France and Sweden. This does not bode well for the green transition
Brilliant article! Apart from the generation side, what is rarely discussed is lowering demand altogether, because the greenest form of energy is the one that isn't used. Energy efficiency and grid improvements can make up to some degree for lost generation. Not only to connect demand centres with large generators within a country, but also to create better interconnectors between countries where renewable power from one country can be used in an other. This would lower renewable energy curtailment and allow for more flexible demand response. Thank you Jérôme à Paris, you have one more subscriber.
"If only we could brainlessly put solar panels and windmills on top of literally everything... the issue would have been solved, solved I tell you!!!"
Really good analysis, merci !
If France goes for wind and solar, how large extra investments in grids and pumped hydro storage will be needed, compared to if a new large nuclear program is launched?
Many thanks for this very clear and sobering analysis. It is baffling that these issues were completely absent from the political debate during the campaign for the presidential election and that they are not aknowledged by someone like Jean-Marc Jancovici.
Fascinating. Time to explain this to French politicians.