France Will Close All Coal Fired Power Stations By 2021

France has ambitious climate change agenda. It's a vision of E. Macron, French political leader. The 2021 goal sets a more aggressive target than the timeline advanced by Mr Macron’s predecessor, Francois Hollande, who sought to shut down the country’s coal-powered plants by 2023. This goal can be easily accomplished because France only produces around 1 per cent of its energy from coal-fired stations, but the commitment is a signal that the country is determined to lead on climate issues. After the corrupt N. Sarkozy, E. Macron is a better and more beautiful face of this big nation. 

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France has generated the vast majority of its electricity from nuclear power for decades. This is not a big deal for them.

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France has the advantage of massive investment in nuclear power. They have 58 nuclear reactors those provides most of their power. Not everyone is active. (country has taken about half its reactors offline for safety checks and repairs) Under normal conditions France is a net exporter of electricity.

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They do have the advantage of nuclear power though, and the ability to buy power from neighbours. But, they are using -12,000MW of power from coal and has a plan to replace this in less than 3 years. Not so optimistic.

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France also has a lot of hydro. Between nukes and hydro, its nearly 90% of French electricity. Now need to look at nuclear reductions too.

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Let's take a look at France's power stations and see what's going on here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_power_stations_in_France

From the list, we see that the thermal stations were built in the 1960's, meaning they're already 50 years old.  50-60 years is about how long coal power plants last.

In other words, Macron realized the coal plants were closing anyway and found a way to steal credit.  He's no better than the other lying politician; nothing to see here. 

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