France is to phase out more than a dozen nuclear reactors, close coal-fired plants and invest heavily in solar power and onshore and offshore wind.
In a major policy statement on energy, President Macron said today (27 November 2018) that 14 nuclear reactors will be closed by 2035, a process that will begin in the mid-2020s with the shutdown of two reactors at Fessenheim. However, the president said “reducing the share of nuclear energy does not mean giving up nuclear energy,” which will remain central to French energy policy.
“We have decided to close all of our coal plants by 2022. This is a pioneering measure,” he said, noting that in other countries coal-fired generation is still being rolled out.
The president went on to say that by 2030 France’s onshore wind capacity will be tripled, the amount of energy produced from solar power will increase fivefold and more tenders for offshore wind projects will be held.
With 3 GW currently planned, offshore wind capacity will nearly double to around 5.5 GW under the plans announced by the President.