Published:  12:47 AM, 17 July 2017

France must define possible scenarios to reduce nuclear

France must define possible scenarios to reduce nuclear French Minister of Ecological and Social Transition Nicolas Hulot speaks during the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France.

France should define a clear roadmap to fulfill its pledge to cut the share of nuclear power in its electricity generation to 50 percent by 2025, French ecology minister said in an interview in the Sunday edition of regional daily Ouest-France. A 2015 law requires France to reduce in eight years the share of atomic power generation to 50 percent from over 75 percent currently, and include more renewable wind and solar generation.

Hulot said in a radio interview on Monday that for France to meet that target, it might have to shut down up to 17 of its 58 nuclear reactors operated by state-controlled utility EDF. His comments drew questions from observers on how nuclear-dependent France, a net power exporter in Europe, could possibly shut down 17 reactors and continue to guarantee adequate power supply.

Hulot clarified in the Ouest-France interview that he did not say 17 reactors must close, but that if the 2015 law were respected, the reactors would have to close. Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron has maintained the target of cutting French nuclear production by 2025. "We have to define realistic and possible scenarios, otherwise it will be brutal," Hulot told Ouest-France.

-Reuters, Paris

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