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Analyzing the Power Market in France

  • May 2013
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France’s power market is the second largest power market in Western Europe, both in terms of cumulative installed power generation capacity and power generation. The per capita power consumption in the country is among the highest in the world. Increasing power consumption has put a strain on the grid in various parts of the country, especially the western region of Brittany and the southeastern region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA), which have longstanding supply problems. France is a net exporter of electricity, and exports to neighboring countries such as Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK and Germany. However, the total electricity exports from France have been declining over the last few years, on account of growing domestic demand and shrinking supplies from its aging nuclear power plants.

The state–owned public utility, EDF, operates the country's nuclear production capacity. Thermal and hydro sources together contributed over 40% of the total installed capacity. The state-owned public utility, EDF, is the major power company in France. In order to meet growing power demand, the government must continue with its investments and efforts to improve its transmission and distribution system and increase its power generating capacity. With the government’s focus on renewable energy to meet the future demand for electricity, renewable sources such as wind and solar are likely to witness a robust growth rate in the near future.

Electricite de France S.A., E.ON France S.A.S. and GDF Suez SA are the biggest players in the market currently. Of France’s cumulative renewable installed capacity, the share of wind power is expected to increase substantially by 2020. Nuclear energy enables the country to meet its growing energy needs while still reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. The French government has made plans for expanding its nuclear power industry. The nuclear policy of the country focuses mainly on nuclear installations, protection against radiation, radioactive waste management and third-party liability in case of nuclear accidents.

The French government has granted several incentives in the form of tax relief, capital cost grants, and subsidies in order to achieve this target. The main types of support are feed-in-tariffs and Tradable Green Certificates (TGC).

Aruvian Research analyzes the Power Market in France in its research offering Analyzing the Power Market in France. The report begins with a brief profile of the global energy industry and moves on to analyze the power situation in Western Europe. We analyze the power sources in the region as well as power consumption and generation statistics. We also include a geographic segmentation of the power market in Western Europe.

Moving on to the analysis of the power industry in France we look at industry statistics, the power consumption in France, installed capacity of power in the country as well as the regulations impacting the power industry.

The various power sources in France are also analyzed such as thermal power sources, renewable energy sources as well as nuclear power sources amongst others. The power trade in France is also looked at. Next we look at the power transmission and distribution network as well in France along with a brief profile of the electric grid in the country. Major power projects in France are also analyzed.

The report wraps up with an analysis of the major industry players as well as the competition in the industry.

Table Of Contents

Analyzing the Power Market in France
Table of Contents

A. Executive Summary

B. Global Energy Industry: Brief Profile
B.1 Industry Definition
B.2 Brief Profile of the Industry
B.3 Looking at the Global Oil Market
B.4 Looking at the Global Natural Gas
B.5 Looking at Other Fuels
B.6 Impacts on the Industry
B.7 Challenges Facing the Industry
B.8 Future Perspective

C. Power Situation in Western Europe
C.1 Industry Overview
C.2 Power Sources in Western Europe
C.3 Power Generation and Consumption
C.4 Geographic Segmentation

D. Analyzing the Power Industry in France
D.1 Industry Overview
D.2 Power Consumption
D.3 Installed Capacity of Power
D.4 Regulatory Framework

E. Power Sources in France
E.1 Overview
E.2 Thermal Power Generation
E.3 Power from Renewable Energy Sources
E.4 Hydropower Generation
E.5 Nuclear Power Generation

F. Power Trade in France

G. Power Transmission and Distribution Network in France
G.1 Overview of Infrastructure
G.2 Electric Grid in France
G.3 Power Transmission and Distribution

H. Major Power Projects in France

I. Major Industry Players and Competition in the Industry
I.1 Competition in the Industry
I.2 Compagnie Nationale du Rhône SA
I.3 EDF Electricite de France SA
I.4 Electrabel SA
I.5 E.On SE
I.6 GDF Suez SA
I.7 Societe Nationale D'Electricite Et De Thermique S.A.
I.8 Vattenfall AB

J. Glossary of Terms



List of Figures

Figure 1: Proved Reserves of Oil at end of 2011
Figure 2: Proved Reserves of Natural Gas at 2011 (Trillion Cubic Meters)
Figure 3: Control over Production of Remaining Commercial Reserves of Natural Gas
Figure 4: Proved Reserves of Coal at end of 2011
Figure 5: Global Energy Consumption Forecast (2003-2030)
Figure 6: Global Energy Consumption Forecast by Fuel Type (1980-2030)
Figure 7: Installed Capacity of Power in Western Europe (MW), 2012-2020
Figure 8: Power Sources in Western Europe in 2012 and 2020
Figure 9: Power Consumption and Generation in Western Europe (in GWh), 2012-2020
Figure 10: Share of the Power Market in Western Europe by Major Countries (%), 2012
Figure 11: Sector-wise Consumption of Power in France (%), 2012
Figure 12: Power Consumption in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Figure 13: Power Generated in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Figure 14: Installed Capacity of Power in France (in MW), 2012-2020
Figure 15: Major Power Sources in France (%), 2012
Figure 16: Power Generated from Thermal Sources in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Figure 17: Power Generated from Coal, Gas and Oil in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Figure 18: Yearly Power Generated from Thermal Sources in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Figure 19: Yearly Power Generated from Coal, Gas and Oil in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Figure 20: Renewable Power Generation in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Figure 21: Renewable Power Generation from Biomass, Biogas, Wind, Solar PV and Geothermal (in GWh), 2012-2020
Figure 22: Yearly Power Generated from Renewable Energy in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Figure 23: Yearly Power Generated from Renewable Energy in France by Sources
Figure 24: Hydropower Generation in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Figure 25: Yearly Power Generated from Hydropower in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Figure 26: Nuclear Power Generation in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Figure 27: Yearly Power Generated from Nuclear Power in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Figure 28: Major Players in the Power Industry in France and Market Share (%), 2012



List of Tables

Table 1: Installed Capacity of Power in Western Europe (MW), 2012-2020
Table 2: Power Consumption and Generation in Western Europe (in GWh), 2012-2020
Table 3: Power Consumption in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Table 4: Power Generated in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Table 5: Installed Capacity of Power in France (in MW), 2012-2020
Table 6: Power Generated from Thermal Sources in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Table 7: Power Generated from Coal, Gas and Oil in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Table 8: Yearly Power Generated from Thermal Sources in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Table 9: Yearly Power Generated from Coal, Gas and Oil in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Table 10: Renewable Power Generation in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Table 11: Renewable Power Generation from Biomass, Biogas, Wind, Solar PV and Geothermal (in GWh), 2012-2020
Table 12: Yearly Power Generated from Renewable Energy in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Table 13: Yearly Power Generated from Renewable Energy in France by Sources
Table 14: Hydropower Generation in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Table 15: Yearly Power Generated from Hydropower in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Table 16: Nuclear Power Generation in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Table 17: Yearly Power Generated from Nuclear Power in France (in GWh), 2012-2020
Table 18: France's Power Imports (in GWh), 2011
Table 19: France's Power Exports (in GWh), 2011
Table 20: Power Transmission Lines in France (in Ckm)
Table 21: Power Distribution Lines in France (in Ckm)
Table 22: Major Thermal Power Plants in France
Table 23: Major Upcoming Thermal Power Plants in France
Table 24: Power Plants in France using Renewable Energy
Table 25: Major Upcoming Power Plants in France using Renewable Energy
Table 26: Major Hydropower Plants in France
Table 27: Major Upcoming Hydropower Plants in France
Table 28: Major Nuclear Power Plants in France
Table 29: Major Upcoming Nuclear Power Plants in France




Companies Mentioned

Compagnie Nationale du Rhône SA
EDF Electricite de France SA
Electrabel SA
E.On SE
GDF Suez SA
Societe Nationale D'Electricite Et De Thermique S.A.
Vattenfall AB

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