Pierre Audigier / General Mining Engineer

Last updated on profile page : May 31st, 2013


A General Mining Engineer, Pierre Audigier graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1955 and Mines ParisTech in 1960. He was Chief of the Scientific Mission of the French Embassy in Washington, Deputy Secretary General of the French Interministerial Committee for Nuclear Safety, Director of Economic Affairs at the General Secretariat of National Defense, consultant of the Commission European for technical assistance in the field of energy (nuclear safety and organization of the energy sector) in the countries of the former Comecon (former USSR and Eastern European countries) and North Africa.

By Pierre Audigier on ParisTech Review

The objective of the EU is to instate and implement a unified energy market by 2015. But opening markets and connecting grids may sound contradictory with unilateral decisions such as Germany's accelerated energy transition. Thus we see that there are two logics in Brussels, and with the increasing fraction and importance of renewables, they are now diverging more and more. It's time for the EU to look for technical as well as political solutions.
En matière énergétique, l'Europe est un remarquable laboratoire du monde de demain, de ses promesses et de ses difficultés. La création d'un marché unifié de l’énergie et le développement mal contrôlé des renouvelables intermittentes se traduisent aujourd'hui par un bouleversement du fonctionnement des marchés. Pas facile de concilier deux agendas, surtout quand la Commission et les Etats-membres tirent à hue et à dia. Une analyse sans concession par un spécialiste du secteur.
In 2011 Germany decided to abandon nuclear power and switch to renewable energy. Two years later, lessons have been learned: financial cost, industrial implications, social acceptability, political tensions shape a new landscape. Who is paying what, and for whom? What is the environment iompact of the new policy? How to manage such a turn?
La politique allemande de l'énergie, au lendemain de Fukushima, a pris un tournant, l'Energiewende, accélérant un processus engagé au début des années 2000 : abandon du nucléaire et recours massif aux énergies renouvelables. Une initiative audacieuse, mais qui a de sérieux effets de bord.


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