France to cut renewable growth

France to cut renewable growth

The French Government will drastically reduce the growth of its renewable spending in 2019, with the ecology ministry’s draft budget showing a 1.3% rise, which will effectively be flat after inflation.

Total spending on renewable projects will equate to €7.3 billion and will mostly go towards wind and solar schemes.

The move will force France to seek alternative forms of energy after last year France had to import UK coal power to fuel the country as temperatures plummeted in the winter months.

Furthermore, France has announced it is to cut its use of nuclear power in its energy mix as soon as possible following mounting concerns over its aging fleet of nuclear power stations.

The country is already falling behind on its long-term renewable targets and is being overtaken by many of its European rivals in the sector.

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