Fossil-fired thermal capacity


Fossil-fired thermal plants can be found throughout the French regions. Most capacity is in the Hauts-de-France, Pays de la Loire, Grand-Est and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regions, which together are home to around 60% of total fossil-fired thermal capacity. Because they require water for system cooling, these plants are located near water points (e.g. Cordemais on the Loire River).



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Fossil-fired thermal generation


Fossil-fired thermal generation covers more than 15% of demand in Corsica and the Grand-Est, Haut-de-France and Pays de la Loire regions.



 

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Nuclear power capacity


Most of the nuclear reactors in France are in the Normandy, Grand-Est, Centre-Val de Loire and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regions, which are together home to 77% of the plants in service. Because of their cooling requirements, the plants are located near water points: along the coast (e.g. Paluel and Flamanville, on the English Channel) or waterways (e.g. Tricastin and Cruas on the Rhône).

Nuclear capacity was unchanged in 2018 (63.1 GW).



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Nuclear power generation covers demand in the Centre-Val de Loire region nearly four times.



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