Opinion on Power Generation in France

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France strengthens profile in South Africa with GDF Suez deal

GDF Suez has been awarded a EUR1.5bn contract to build new conventional thermal electricity capacity in South Africa. This outcome is partly due to France's aggressive stance concerning its domestic industrial interests abroad, and bodes very well for future South African transport, infrastructure, and nuclear development contracts to be awarded to French companies.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2013
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GDF Suez's onshore wind investment under siege

The French onshore wind sector is experiencing significant turbulence, with clarification on government support lacking, and court decisions in favor of NIMBY complainants. The uncertainty has seen new investment in onshore wind dry up until clarity on ongoing support is provided.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Oct 2013
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French blackout fears mirror those in the UK

France's national transmission operator RTE has underlined heightened risks to electricity security in 2016, echoing similar fears expressed across the channel by UK energy regulator Ofgem for 2015-16.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2013
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French thermal generation capacity closures gather pace

E.ON France and GDF Suez are closing oil and gas powered generation plants in France. Gas generation suffers from narrow spark spreads, lower load factors due to competition from renewables, and reduced demand. Although coal remains the cheaper fuel source, it too faces growing exposure to the price of carbon and environmental legislation.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Apr 2013
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UK joins non-binding EU agreement to support nuclear

The UK and 11 other EU countries have signaled their support for nuclear generation. Datamonitor expects benefits from such "soft" agreements to be long-term and to include easier access to funding and R&D sharing. In the short term, the UK government's new carbon price floor will make low-carbon generation, including nuclear, more attractive.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2013
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France targets nuclear reactor sales in Saudi Arabia

French utilities EDF and Areva are poised to enter the nascent Saudi Arabian nuclear market, but face competition from South Korean, Japanese, and Russian bidders.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2013
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France's offshore wind power tenders bring more FDI opportunity

The French government has launched its second public tender for the construction of two circa-500MW capacity offshore wind farms, with an expected total investment of EUR3.35bn. The tender comes in the context of small but growing anti-nuclear sentiment, as well as the need to replace aging nuclear capacity and meet its 25GW wind power target by 2020.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jan 2013
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France plans to move to progressive prices for electricity, gas, and water

The law, presented on September 5, covers water, electricity, and gas, and will be debated through to November. The government hopes that it will be cost-neutral, but this will depend upon the fine detail, and will be affected by how consumers react to the new rules.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Sep 2012
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Nuclear power to remain vital in post-Fukushima era

The last few months have seen many consumer surveys on nuclear energy suggesting that confidence is at a variety of different levels, and views of nuclear power are likely to be further affected by recent events in France. However, regardless of changes in public opinion, Datamonitor believes that nuclear is here to stay in the UK and in most other countries too.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Sep 2011
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France: stepping into offshore wind energy and strengthening its nuclear presence

Following the announcement in June that France plans to invest E1bn in nuclear power, the government has launched a E10bn tender offer to build five offshore wind farms with total installed capacity of 3GW. Should the initiative be successful France will be the foremost contributor to offshore wind power globally, helping it to achieve its EU 2020 target of 23% renewable energy.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2011

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