EcoTV The Graph · Electricity: France goes to 2024 in an Olympic shape


Whereas in 2022, France imported electricity, it became a net exporter again in 2023. This result was driven by a drop in consumption of almost 6% from the autumn of 2022, before the partial rebound in nuclear power and the rise in renewable power allowed production to increase in 2023. Additional efforts will have to be made to meet the targets set for 2050, but what was made in 2023 is a necessary starting point.


In France, 2023 was an electric year as expected, with the green industry law, large investments in battery and semiconductor plants and the rebound in electricity production. France again became a net exporter of electricity, even beating its previous daily record of February 2018 on 22 December 2023.

2022 was special: the maintenance of a large number of plants led to nuclear-generated electricity production at its lowest level since 1988 and production below consumption, forcing France to import electricity for the first time.

2022 was historical, if it turns out that the decrease in electricity consumption observed from autumn 2022 onwards is structural, a decrease by an average of 6% in the period from September 2022 to October 2023 compared to the average observed over 2018-2021. And since, over the same periods, solar production increased by 74% and wind energy by 42%, while nuclear power rebounded in 2023, France regained its autonomy.

These are all good points that sound like an encouragement in view of the challenges that France will have to face by 2050.