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“I want France to become an energy paradise again. » This promise from Jordan Bardella could be made by all the candidates in the European elections on June 9, as it seems consensual. Despite the absence of a detailed program on energy and climate issues, the public interventions of the National Rally (RN) candidate and the program of Marine Le Pen's presidential campaign in 2022, which is still a reference for the party far right, allow us to glimpse a darker future. The measures proposed by the RN reveal an “energy nightmare” fairly than a paradise: increased power payments for the French, rising greenhouse fuel emissions, and larger dependence on imports. A be aware from the center-left suppose tank Terra Nova revealed in early May, written by power coverage professional Nicolas Goldberg, explains that it’s a “program of submission rather than sovereignty”.

The first axis is that of electrical energy – which represents 25% of power consumption in France. In all power eventualities, the share of electrical energy in power consumption will increase – that is additionally what the RN plans in its program. For Jordan Bardella, the best way to achieve the power transition consists of strongly growing nuclear power and instantly stopping the event of wind and solar energy. But this orientation comes up in opposition to an industrial actuality. The subsequent nuclear reactor to be in-built France won’t be related to the community earlier than 2038 at greatest. Until then, all consultants agree on the truth that there is just one resolution to extend our manufacturing capacities: develop wind generators and photo voltaic panels, which right now account for round 15% of our electrical energy manufacturing.

More costly electrical energy

Concretely, which means that the RN is proposing a double guess: firstly that the present nuclear reactors can all be prolonged past fifty years of operation – which isn’t unimaginable, however has by no means been executed in France. Secondly, that these reactors will produce extra electrical energy than right now, which is extraordinarily unlikely, since they’re on the finish of their life. Very direct consequence: within the subsequent fifteen years, the RN will both must suggest constructing new fuel energy stations, which will likely be extra emitting and dearer, or improve electrical energy imports from neighboring international locations.

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