November 15, 2018 / 9:58 AM / 10 months ago

French government delays energy bill on changes to power plants

PARIS, Nov 15 (Reuters) - The French government has postponed a bill on the timetable for the opening and closing of power plants, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said on Thursday.

Griveaux told France Inter radio that the delay to the bill, which was originally due in the autumn, had occurred because the government wanted to first ready another bill dealing with legislation on financing railway and road projects.

The energy bill is due to set a calendar for the opening and closing down of power plants over the next decade. The controversial part of the law is the future of nuclear reactors operated by state-owned utility EDF.

The previous administration committed to reducing France’s dependence on nuclear energy for electricity to 50 percent from 75 percent, which would require the closure of some reactors. (Reporting by Inti Landauro; editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Jason Neely)

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