Power

French thermal power generation increased by 61.6% y-o-y in May

French net power generation totalled 41.6TWh in May, down 2.4% m-o-m but was 2.4% higher from the corresponding period last year. Thermal power generation declined by 29.8% m-o-m to just 2.4TWh, although still was 61.6% higher than last year’s level at just 1.5TWh. Nuclear power generation reached 30.1TWh, down 5.1% m-o-m but still was 2.3% higher y-o-y.

Renewable generation totalled 9TWh in May, up 21.8% m-o-m but still was 6.6% lower y-o-y. This includes hydro power generation, which totalled 5.7TWh, up 37.1% m-o-m but still was 12.6% lower y-o-y. Wind power output totalled 1.5TWh, up 2.3% m-o-m but still was 2.6% lower y-o-y. Solar generation increased to 1.1TWh, up 3.5% m-o-m and up 20.2% y-o-y.

French net power genenration declined to 239.3TWh over the Jan.-May period, down 1.8% y-o-y. Thermal power generation increased to 25.4TWh, up 50.2% y-o-y. On the other hand nuclear power output declined to 170.3TWh, down 3.5% y-o-y.

Renewable generation also declined over the first 5 months of the year to 43.6TWh, down 13.3% y-o-y. Persisting heatwaves and lower rainfall in France caused the decline in hydro power generation to 25.6TWh, down 19.75 y-o-y. Wind generation also declined to 10.2TWh, down 9.9% y-o-y. On the other hand, sunny weather contributed to rise in solar generation to 3.7TWh, up 22.8% y-o-y.