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Europe’s Energy Crisis Hinges on the Weather, Now and Later

  • River levels are key to maintaining power production
  • Rhine has crucial role for shipping fuel to coal-fired plants
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Germany Triggers Phase-Two of Emergency Gas Plan

It looks like only Goldilocks weather -- not too hot, not too cold -- for the next year can stop Europe entering a major energy crisis in the coming months.

For the summer, river levels are the major factor to watch. In France, low levels on the Meuse river can lead to curtailments of electricity production at the country’s largest nuclear power plant. The facility uses water from the river to cool reactors and is governed by the Meuse’s level.