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France to close some nuclear reactors, says ecology minister Hulot via Reuters

French environment and energy minister Nicolas Hulot said on Monday that the government plans to close some nuclear reactors of state-controlled utility EDF to reduce nuclear’s share of the country’s power mix.

He gave no indication of timing.

Hulot told reporters at the G7 environment summit in the Italian city of Bologna that it was too early to give numbers about France’s aim to reduce the share of nuclear in its power generation to 50 percent from the current 75 percent. 

“We are going to close some nuclear reactors and it won’t be just a symbolic move,” he said.

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Carbon prices under the European Emissions Trading System, which charges companies for each ton of carbon dioxide they emit, have fallen to about 5 euros a ton from about 30 euros in 2008 because of a glut of permits.

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