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Huge study on France’s energy system and scenarios for 2050 includes costs and environmental effects of nuclear and of renewables

Electricity: between nuclear and renewable energies, six scenarios for 2050. The national manager of the Electricity Transmission Network (RTE) published on Monday, October 25, a vast study aimed at defining the future of the French electricity system. It is an understatement to say that this work was expected, and that it will be commented on.

Launched in 2019 at the request of the government, this forward-looking exercise entitled “Energy Futures 2050”
sets out six scenarios that are supposed to make it possible to achieve carbon neutrality within thirty years, and therefore to fight against climate change. For the country’s future electricity production, the various trajectories range from a “100% renewable energy” option to another with another 50% nuclear.

Each time, RTE, majority-owned by EDF and Caisse des Dépôts, describes the technical feasibility conditions, but also the cost and expected impact for the environment and for society. In addition to this first report of some 600 pages, the full result of the modeling should be made public in early 2022.

 Le Monde 25th Oct 2021

https://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2021/10/25/electricite-entre-le-nucleaire-et-les-energies-renouvelables-six-scenarios-pour-2050_6099789_3234.html

October 28, 2021 - Posted by | ENERGY, France

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