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About France

France joined the Powering Past Coal Alliance in 2017, the year it was launched. It announced a coal phase-out date of 2022, one of the most ambitious in the world. In June 2019, the country enacted phase out legislation in the form of an energy and climate law containing an emission cap effective January 2022. The law is intended to make coal plants unprofitable, but leaves the door open for low running hours of coal plants beyond the phase out date or conversion to a mix of coal and biomass. Although the 2022 target was feasible given that France had few remaining operating plants, the 1,260 MW Cordemais plant is planned to continue operating beyond the deadline at a low utilization rate. In addition, in June 2022, the French government confirmed it will retain the option to restart the country’s Emile Huchet coal power plant for the 2022-23 winter amidst the prospect of a total Russian fossil gas cutoff. In September 2021, France was part of the coalition of national governments that launched the No New Coal Power Compact, which requires supporters to cease permitting of new coal power plants and end new construction of unabated coal plants by the end of 2021.

Réunion island, an overseas department of France, is also home to the 122 MW Le Gol coal- and biomass-fired power plant, but the plant is converting to biomass only. In addition, New Caledonia, a sui generis collectivity of France, is home to the 100 MW Goro coal plant and the 270 MW Koniambo Nickel coal plant.

Capacity (MW)

Net Change Since 2000

Capacity (MW)

Net Change Since 2000

Phase-Out Status

PHASE-OUT BY 2030

No New Coal Status

PART OF NO NEW COAL POWER COMPACT

Part of PPCA?

YES

Five-Year Country Capacity Trend

Operational

Constructing

Planned

Halted

Cancelled

Retired

Expected Retirement by 2030

Operational

Constructing

Planned

Halted

Cancelled

Retired

Expected Retirement by 2030

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