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Germany eyes options to end impasse with France on nuclear power

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🗞️ Driving the news: Germany is poised to unveil proposals addressing a deadlock with France over the European Union’s electricity market design, a critical issue in the region’s climate transition

🔭 The context: A draft paper outlines three options for supporting existing power plants, like France’s aging nuclear generators, without disproportionately subsidizing operators
• This deadlock has led to political tensions, with France seeking stability for Electricite de France (EDF), its state-owned electric utility company, and financing for reactor life extension while Germany fears undercutting its energy prices

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This deadlock is a stumbling block in the EU's Green Deal negotiations, impacting the transition to a climate-friendly electricity market
• The proposed options focus on ensuring fairness in revenue distribution and preventing uneconomical power sales

⏭️ What's next: Germany's proposals, subject to change, aim to break the stalemate and align the EU with its climate goals
• With regional elections approaching, urgency looms as Spain's recent compromise proposal may influence the Oct. 17 energy ministers' meeting, introducing further dynamics to the discussions

💬 One quote: "If we continue at this rate … we will see every year such bad years" (Matthias Huss, Glacier Monitoring)

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