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Nuclear option(s): Pathways for the French nuclear ramp down and its implications for GB

Aurora’s new strategic insight report ‘The nuclear option(s): Pathways for the French nuclear ramp down and its implications for GB’ introduces the French power market and provides key insights into the outcomes of potential nuclear ramp-down scenarios ahead of the French government’s Multiannual Energy Programme later this year.

Key messages to emerge from the analysis are:

  • The French nuclear ramp down will lead to higher carbon emissions and wholesale prices, but this could be mitigated by a higher renewables buildout
  • Delaying the nuclear ramp down to 2040 would increase exports from France to GB by 9%, reducing the GB annual baseload price by £2/MWh
  • France’s increasing reliance on interconnectors during cold winters threatens security of supply in GB; derating factors in the GB Capacity Market should be updated to reflect the likely contribution of interconnectors to security of supply

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