From electricity capacity to production: a focus on load factor and the French electricity mix


Electricity production and usage is a daily subject in the press in relation to the reduction of CO2 emissions. The objective of this article is to present the French electricity production system and capacity in FY20, with a perspective of their evolution since 2012, detailing the different types of electricity production with their respective CO 2 emissions and practicality. We present the key feature of the load factor for a power plant, which is very different between thermal and renewable power plants and has material implications in terms of renewables’ capacity to build and to replace thermal capacity.

Full report: electricity mix_25Nov21_pdf.pdf


Marc Pierron

CRA Analyst