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What the RTE shock report recommends for moving away from fossil fuels

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While France’s new nuclear reactors are not expected to come online until 2035, shorter development times for wind and photovoltaics would provide the country with additional production capacity before 2030. Bob Pool/Bob –

EXCLUSIVE – Xavier Piechaczyk, president of the board of directors of RTE, speaks of “a race against time to respond to climate and geopolitical challenges”.

The increase in prices at the pump reminds the French today: depending on fossil fuels imported from abroad is problematic for a country. This limitation, as well as that of climate change, is very present today in everyone’s minds, at the time of the preparation by the State of the French Strategy for Energy and Climate (Sfec). Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, the entire energy landscape has been turned upside down. In this context, the publication of the new “forecast balance” of the electric transmission network manager (RTE) fuels the debate. The subtitle of this edition is eloquent: “2023-2035: first step towards carbon neutrality”. «It is a race against time to respond to climate and geopolitical challenges.», summarizes Xavier Piechaczyk, president of the board of directors of RTE.

RTE immediately sets the stage. The question is no longer knowing what share will correspond to nuclear energy and renewable energies…

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