It’s a typical day in France – the 5th May 2016 at 7am and France is generating 78% of its electricity with nuclear energy.
Its Carbon emissions are 22 gr CO2/kwh and 23% of its power is going into Germany, Italy, Spain, The UK and Switzerland and also into pumped storage.
Later in the day at 12 noon when the solar PV has got to its maximum, nuclear energy is still at 72% of the total mix, carbon emission are still at 22 gr CO2/kWh and 16% of its power is still being exported. It’s now absorbing Germany’s excess peaking renewables into its pumped storage.
Nuclear energy has made the French generating system an environmental miracle.