Total power generation in France reached 537.7 TWh in 2019, which was 2% (11 TWh) lower than in 2018. Renewable energy sources accounted for more than 21% of total electricity production, despite a more than 12% year-on-year decline in hydropower generation. Wind power output increased sharply from 2018 (+21.2%), as did solar power generation, which rose 7.8%.
Because hydropower generation and nuclear generation were lower, fossil-fired thermal generation increased (+9.8%) even as production at coal plants plummeted.
The rise in generation at oil-fired plants, which was significant this year on the distribution grid, was mainly attributable to a sharp drop in hydropower generation in Corsica. In fact, output at the oil-fired plants in Corsica doubled year-on-year, to 1 TWh from 0.5 TWh in 2018.
|Energy produced||TWh||2019/2018||Share of generation|
|of which coal||1,6||-71,9%||0,3%|
|of which oil||2,3||+26,5%||0,4%|
|of which gas||38,6||+23,8%||7,2%|
|of which renewable*||55,5||-12%||10,3%|
|of which biogas||2,6||+8,5%||0,5%|
|of which biomass||2,7||-0,8%||0,5%|
|of which paper waste||0,2||-9,3%||0,0%|
|of which non-renewable municipal waste||2,2||+4,8%||0,4%|
|of which renewable municipal waste||2,2||+4,8%||0,4%|
* Renewable hydropower includes hydropower from all sources except pumped storage stations (“STEP” in French)