CNR is France’s leading producer of exclusively renewable energy and the concessionary of the Rhone for hydroelectricity production, river transport and irrigation for agricultural use. CNR stands out thanks to its role as territorial developer.
France’s leading producer of 100 % renewable energy (water, wind, sun), CNR has conceived a distributive model based on the River Rhone in which green electricity production combines with territorial development.
According to the rationale prevailing at the inception of the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône, in 1933, the income generated from harnessing the river, a common good, should benefit the territory. This logic of general interest was reasserted in 2004 by CNR when it launched a voluntarist approach with the Missions in the General Interest (MIG). More than 500 projects have already been carried out for renewable energies, river transport, tourism development and sustainable agriculture.
With 80 years of experience of the Rhone, CNR is an expert enterprise that incorporates all the steps of value creation: study, design, operating installations, marketing production, prospecting and developing assets. CNR offers its services for managing and marketing intermittent energies to other producers and exports its expertise in hydroelectric, river and environmental engineering all over the world.
A mostly public owned joint stock company in the public interest, CNR relies on the balance between the following public and private shareholders: local authorities, the Groupe Caisse des Dépôts and ENGIE, its leading industrial shareholder and a major player in the international energy sector.
CNR produces 25% of France’s hydroelectricity
Total electricity production in 2015 (mix of hydroelectricity, wind power and solar power): 14.4 TWh, corresponding to the annual electricity consumption of 5.8 million inhabitants (excluding heating)
Turnover in 2015: €1,097 M
Total installed capacity: 3,468 MW
- Hydropower (38 plants): 3,035 MW
Including small hydropower plants outside the Rhone: 11.4 MW
- Wind power (33 wind farms): 382 MW
- Solar power (14 plants): 51 MWp
14 wide gauge locks between Lyon and the Mediterranean and 5 locks for pleasure boats