French minister of the environment: edf should think about 100 percent renewable

French Minister of the Environment: EDF should think about 100 percent renewable

The boss of the energy company relies on the construction of new reactors. Elisabeth Borne now emphasizes that it defines the energy policy as a minister

The French Minister of Environment Elisabeth Borne has invited the French ECR EDF to reflect on the role of electricity supplier in a scenario in which the energy comes to 100 percent of renewable energies. That’s a scenario that was not yet suggested, emphasizes borne.

Basically, one expects a minister who is already in your official title ("Ministre de la Transition Ecologique") The claim of an ecological energy transition shall carry such a statement. But things are especially in France. There, the AKW for 75 percent of energy supply and the driving of the EDF relies on how in recent weeks showed on the construction of new reactors. She tries to gain the public opinion on the argument with the greenhouse gas emission advantage.

In mid-October, a letter from the Paris government was known in which she requests the EDF, a detailed plan to one "Any new construction" to submit from six EPR 2 reactors in the next 15 years (France sustains new construction of six EPR 2 reactors). When writing, written by the two ministers Elisabeth Borne and Bruno Le Maire (Economy and Finance), in which openness became known, there was a violent criticism.

Was criticized that the government and the electricity supplier apparently had only one future scenario in mind when it comes to energy supply, obviously, so the critics, the controversial nuclear power is the focus of the interests.

Thus, the above-mentioned project of Borne reacts to develop a further evolving scenario, on this criticism, which aimed for itself. The minister was still specifically added that not Jean-Bernard Levy, the Chief of the EDF, which is state-of-the-energy policy, but rather the government and in particular them themselves, the minister, which is state-of-energy, defined them".

Power deficiency and high costs

This indicates a power of power and on different collecting between the government and EDF boss Levy, who claimed in October that "It is clear that France is prepared for the construction of new AKW".

However, as the above-mentioned letter of the Ministers became known to the EDF, however, remained unclear to what extent the government is under the Macron itself with a coarse interest behind the new building planes. As a majority shareholder (83.7%), the government has rough effect on the EDF. In the background, it bothered that Paris continued to maintain the know-how for the construction of modern reactors and that the export is also important. In addition, the French Atompark is slowly outdated.

According to the new Energy Act, that by 2035 a 50/50 balance between atomic energy and the renewable should be made. For this purpose, until 2035 14 reactors had to be shut down.

The rough problem of reactor buildings are the costs that look at the EPR reactors and the delays. The EPR reactor in Flamanville should be connected to the grid according to original planes in 2012, the relevant estimates are now expired by commissioning in 2023. Originally, one expected costs in the amount of 3.3 billion euros; Meanwhile, the budget is 12.4 billion euros. That’s not a success story.

Accordingly, carefully one acts in Paris with the new building planes. The estimates of the EDF at the cost of the six new EPR 2 reactors are 46 billion euros, a reactor has thus come to between 7.5 and 7.8 billion euros. However, the experiences with Flamanville also leafed a scenario that costs much more money. Well possible that the minister of the ocological transition also marks distance.