EdF pulls out of the US nuclear market – The Nuclear Renaissance is in full retreat

I was thrilled to read that the worlds largest nuclear construction firm, Electricite de France SA,  has decided to terminate its operations in the US.  EdF had planned to build 4 new reactors in the US in a joint venture with the US’s largest nuclear utility Exelon from Illinois.   To quote the WSJ: Renissance

Tuesday, EDF’s Chief Financial Officer Thomas Piquemal expressed relief. The deal with Exelon “is the epilogue to the Constellation story,”

The Constellation story was about how EdF had tried with US partners to build a new third reactor at Calvert Cliffs in Maryland and failed.  At first it looked like they might qualify for the Bush/Cheney investment loan guarantees for new reactors in the US.  Then when this deal unraveled, the anti-nuclear group i worked with for years, NIRS fought the construction and operating license.  For the first time ever, the NRC denied a construction and operating license, because EdF is a foreign controlled company.

The anti-nuclear movement combined with cheap shale gas has successfully pushed out of the US, the largest and best funded nuclear player in the world.  Champagne is appropriate (despite the fact that low level nuclear waste is contaminating the Champagne region of France).

dirty dangerous expensive

But it was the first two paragraphs of the Financial TImes on this story that really struck me.

EDF, the world’s biggest producer of nuclear-powered electricity, is to pull out of nuclear production in the US, citing the “revolution” in US energy markets caused by the advent of shale gas.

But Henri Proglio, chief executive of the French group, said the drop in prices caused by shale gas had “no significant impact” on plans to build new nuclear capacity in Britain, where EDF is locked in long-running negotiations with the government over terms for constructing new atomic power stations.

It is not the case the global energy prices from the same fuel are the same.  There are definitely transportation costs associated with bringing fuel from the middle Atlantic region to the UK.  But the idea that this tremendously cheap fuel will not influence the already stained negotiations between EdF and the British government is nuclear double think at its best.

These prices will not stay this different

These prices will not stay this different

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a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

One response to “EdF pulls out of the US nuclear market – The Nuclear Renaissance is in full retreat”

  1. stevenbdngs says :

    So EDF pulled out of the US citing “revolution” as a reason? That seems pretty weak to say the least. Keeping up with US competition will be a headache for any foreign company in the US.. EDF were holding out for a deal with some politicians to secure some nuclear deal.. it’s blatant and exactly how you get things done in the US… Lobby lobby lobby… EDF will try secure more,, here’s their origins: http://serviceclientcontacter.website/edf-service-client-edf-contact/

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