Leader of renewable energies & developer of the territories

CNR is the 1st French producer of electricity of renewable origin 100% and the dealer with multiple vocation of the Rhone of the Swiss border to the Mediterranean: production of hydroelectricity, deployment of navigation and port areas, irrigation and other agricultural uses.

It produces more than 15 TWh* annual resulting from sound mix hydraulics, wind and photovoltaic. Expert Energetician in optimization of intermittent energies, CNR controls the whole of the chain of value and plays a main function on the European markets of electricity. 

Equipped with a strong expert testimony in hydroelectric and river engineering, CNR proposes its services of studies, assistance to control of work in the whole world to arrange the rivers in all their dimensions. To act for the sustainable development of the Rhone-native territory forms integral part of its development model, based on the redistribution of part of the value created with the territories from which the electrical production is resulting.

For more than 10 years, its Missions of General interest, elaborate in dialogue with the recipients, have reinforced this close link.


The amenities of the CNR

  • 19 dams,
  • 19 hydropower plants on the Rhône,
  • 13 small hydropower plants,
  • 42 wind farms,
  • 20 solar power stations,
  • 14 wide gauge locks,
  • 5 locks of pleasure,
  • 400 km of dikes,
  • 32 pumping stations,
  • 330 km of waterways with large gauge,
  • 27,000 ha of concession,
  • 14,000 ha of river, 13,000 ha land,
  • 18 industrial and port sites including the Port de Lyon,
  • 8 sites of activity.

Production of electricity

  • Total power 3,566 MW*
  • Hydraulics : 3,035 MW
  • Wind power: 457 MW
  • Solar power: 74 MWp

1,400 employees and 14,500 direct and indirect jobs generated in the Rhône valley.


* The terawatt hour (TWh) is a unit of measurement of electrical energy equivalent to 1,000,000,000 kilowatt-hours (KWh), 100,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) and 1000 gigawatt-hours (GWh).

The total installed capacity represents the production capacity of a development, it is generally expressed in Megawatts, or in Gigawatts.