Will the renationalisation of EDF provide a solution for the French hydroelectric sector? After twenty years of tug-of-war between Paris and Brussels, ways out of the crisis are emerging, while the new management of EDF seems determined to want to move the lines. Hydropower accounts for 10 to 11% of electricity production in France.
Today, EDF complains that it cannot carry out substantial work in its dams without risking losing ownership. Indeed, dams depend on the concession regime. However, a European directive in the public procurement code stipulates that any investment not planned in the concession triggers a call for competition. Thus, it is impossible to increase the power of a dam when replacing a turbine for example. "Asking to operate with a new level of power would be tantamount to asking for a competition between its concession. The French administration...
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