Law on energy transition: a wishful thinking law?

The Energy Transition Law has just been voted in France.

Assembly adopts text on energy transition

French deputies adopted on Tuesday by 314 votes to 219 the energy transition bill which aims in particular to reduce the share of nuclear energy in electricity production from 75% to 50% in 2025 (Reuters).

What does that mean? That it will be necessary to replace this 25% by other sources of electricity and, to help to get there (as the calculation below will show): strongly reduce the consumption of electric energy in France!

How France hopes to get there?

Mystery because 25% of French production (550 TWh) it's around 140 TWh !!

A large 3MW wind turbine (those with 120m of mast!) With a load bill of 20%, go 25%, will produce: 3 * 8.7 * 0.25 = 6.5 GWh per year… in 10 years it would therefore be necessary to install: 140 / 000 = 6.5 wind turbines, i.e. almost 21 500 MW wind turbines PER DAY! Suffice to say: impossible in 6 years!

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While the nuclear 25% will definitely not be replaced by wind turbines! But instead of replacing these 140 TWh nuclear can also decrease, 25 25% remaining%!

So it will also necessarily go through energy savings through insulation, the ban on electric heating, small gestures ... etc etc ...

That would make it possible to be there perhaps and moreover more durably too! Because better a saved kWh than a nuclear kWh replaced by a fossil kWh and even wind!

In all cases, the announcement effect ... but beware, this is only a vote by the Assembly, the implementing decree has not yet been voted ... can we therefore fear a "wishful thinking law"?

Another solution to increase the share of nuclear energy from 75% to 50% would be… yes… to increase the overall consumption of electricity and to go from 550 TWh to 800 TWh!

It is certainly EdF's preferred solution! 😉

More idea on forums: how to pass the nuclear share of 75% to 50% in France?

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