Even if French nuclear production has not returned to its pre-coronavirus pandemic level, EDF is seeing a restart. The energy group thus revised upwards on Monday its estimate range for the entire year in view of a successful first half.
“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 press release from the electrician. This new estimate, however, remains below the 379.5 TWh produced in 2019. The Covid-19 crisis has indeed resulted in a drop in electricity consumption of up to 20% in France with the shutdown of entire sections of the economy.
“The production hypothesis 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.