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UK exports coal power to France as the cold bites

Graham Watson

19th November 2017

This is an unusual story - we normally 'exporting' pollution with developed economies locating production plants in developing economies. However, in this case, it's France getting coal-fired electricity generated in the UK

Under normal circumstances, the UK is a net importer of power from France - however, safety concerns in the nuclear industry and cold weather have bid up the price of French-produced power and encouraged French firms to buy power from the UK, which in turn increases the carbon emissions in the UK.

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to Tutor2U, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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