French thermal power generation declined to a record low in August, down 3% y-o-y

French power generation totalled 37.1TWh in August, down 4.6% m-o-m but still was 3% higher y-o-y. Thermal power generation declined to the lowest level since July 2016 at 2TWh, down 38.3% m-o-m and down 3% y-o-y. This is the first monthly declined since February last year.

Nuclear power generation increased to 38.6TWh, up 1.5% m-o-m and up 5.4% y-o-y.

Renewable generation declined to the lowest level since October at 6.5TWh in August, down 12.7% m-o-m and down 4.5% y-o-y. This includes hydro generation, which declined to 3.5TWh, down 10.1% m-o-m and down 9.9% y-o-y. Wind generation totalled 1.2TWh, down 27.6% m-o-m but still was 4.6% higher y-o-y. Solar generation also declined to 1.1TWh, down 4% m-o-m and down 1.5% y-o-y.

France generated 352.5TWh of power over the first 8 months of the year, down 1.6% y-o-y. Despite the deep in August’s generation, thermal power output increased to 32.8TWh over the Jan.-August period, up 45.2% y-o-y. On the other hand, nuclear generation declined to 254TWh, down 2.6% y-o-y. This is due to the inspections and shutdowns at nuclear plants by French watch-dog ASN. French renewable generation also declined during the period to 65.7TWh, down 12.2% y-o-y. Hydro generation was down by 21% y-o-y to 38.5TWh. On the other hand, wind and solar generation remained steady at 14.6TWh and 6.7TWh respectively, up 0.1% and 11.3% y-o-y.

Source: RTE