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Just Published: "France Power Report Q1 2015"

New Energy market report from Business Monitor International: "France Power Report Q1 2015"


Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/30/2015 -- On July 30 2014, the French cabinet passed the first substantial energy bill. The long - awaited act is the first concrete step to fulfil the electoral promises by President Francois Hollande to reduce the share of nuclear energy in the electricity mix from the current 75% to 50% by 2025. The bill confirms the proposal presented in June by Energy and Environment Minister S?gol?ne Royal to cap nuclear energy at 63.2GW, the current levels. The bill then primarily focuses on boosting energy efficiency and energy sufficiency.

However, we maintain that major questions remain over the government's ability to deliver this policy. Political conviction remains questionable amid concerns that the transition will damage the nuclear industry, one of France's most strategic assets. The bill appears to be light on detail with regards to the mechanics of policy delivery; the way in which nuclear capacity will be phased out needs further clarification. In particular the bill fails to address the question of returns of renewable energy. While it will contribute to a slowdown, or even reduction, in electricity demand, without actively addressing growth in renewable energy, it might even lead, in the medium term, to an increase of nuclear energy in the country's electricity mix. However, the replacement of EDF's CEO Henri Proglio in October is another signal to the energy industry that President Hollande is increasingly serious about his plans to bolster renewables at the expense of domestic nuclear power. A new bill to be proposed by Royal focusing on boosting geothermal could also contribute to overcome some of the challenges of the energy transition.

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Some of the key policy mechanisms proposed by the new bill are:

Nuclear capacity cap: A hard cap of 63.2GW of nuclear capacity on Electricite de France (EDF). EDF is partially government-owned and is the sole operator of nuclear plants in France. The utility currently operates 63.2GW of capacity and will not be...

The France Power Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s market assessment and independent forecasts covering electricity generation (coal, gas, oil, nuclear, hydro and non-hydro renewables), electricity consumption, trade, transmission and distribution losses and electricity generating capacity.

The France Power Report also analyses the impact of regulatory changes, recent developments and the background macroeconomic outlook and features competitive landscapes comparing national and multinational operators by sales, market share, investments, projects, partners and expansion strategies.

Key Benefits

- Use BMI's independent industry forecasts for France to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic planning in the power market.
- Target business opportunities and risks France's power sector through our reviews of latest power industry trends, regulatory changes, and major deals, projects and investments in France.
- Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Competitive Landscape analysis.


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI?s key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis, covering power markets, regulatory changes, major investments, projects and company developments.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the power sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI?s Power Forecast Scenario

Forecasts to end-2024 for all key indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecasts:

- Generation: Electricity generation total, thermal, coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear, hydropower, hydro-electric pumped storage and non-hydropower renewables.
- Transmission and Distribution Losses: Electric power transmission and distribution losses.
- Trade: Total imports and exports.
- Electricity Consumption: Net consumption.
- Electricity Capacity: Capacity net, conventional thermal, nuclear, hydropower and non-hydroelectric renewables.

BMI?s Power Risk Reward Index

BMI?s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (power companies, service companies and equity investors) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market?s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors,

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