The energy group EDF on Monday revised its range of French nuclear production estimates for the whole year in view of a successful first half.
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“Given the good progress of the first half of 2021, EDF is raising its estimate of nuclear production for the whole of 2021 from 330 terawatt-hours (TWh) – 360 TWh to 345 TWh – 365 TWh”, according to a statement from the electrician. This new estimate, however, remains below the 379.5 TWh produced in 2019, before the health crisis.
Drop in electricity consumption
The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a drop in electricity consumption of up to 20% in France with the shutdown of entire sections of the economy. “The production assumption for 2022 remains unchanged at this stage” in a range of 330 TWh – 360 TWh, adds EDF.
Nuclear power today produces more than 70% of French electricity, and the government has chosen to reduce it to 50% by 2035, in order to diversify its energy mix in favor of renewable energies.