Breakdown of the consumption of primary energy in France

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Definition

This graph presents the evolution of the breakdown of the various energy sources for the total consumption of primary energy in France. Primary energy refers to the energy content of the resource as found in nature (fissile material for nuclear generated electricity, natural gas, coal, etc.).

Analysis

The breakdown of primary energy sources has not changed significantly over the past 20 years, with the exception of a significant drop in coal’s contribution. We also note the growth of renewable energies, now added to the traditionally-used hydraulic-based resource.