UK exports electricity to France as drought shuts nuclear plants.

The UK Times reports: “With temperatures across much of France surging above 30C this week, EDF’s reactors are generating the lowest level of electricity in six years, forcing the state-owned utility to turn to Britain for additional capacity.”” Fourteen of France’s 19 nuclear power stations are located inland and use river water rather than seawater for cooling. When water temperatures rise, EDF is forced to shut down the reactors to prevent their casings from exceeding 50C. ….One power industry insider said yesterday that about 20 GW (gigawatts) of France’s total nuclear generating capacity of 63GW was out of service.”