<p align="justify"><font color="#ff0000"></font>&nbsp;</p> <p align="justify"><strong>The energy sector achieved excellent results in 2012 across the Rhone-Alpes region</strong>, according to figures collected by Greater Lyon, Aderly, and the Town Planning Office. <strong>The energy giants have not suffered due to the economic downturn and continue to boast rising sales</strong>, for example, Total&#8217;s annual sales reached 200 billion Euros, GDF Suez, 97 billion, and Veolia, 29.4 billion.</p> <p align="justify"><br><font color="#ff0000"><font color="#ff0000"><font color="#ff0000"><font color="#ff0000"><a title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/lyon-economic-news/news-ALSTOM-IMPROVES-ITS-CENTER-OF-EXCELLENCE-IN-LYON,n,4899,EN.jsp" target="_blank"><font color="#ff0000"><font color="#ff0000">Based in Lyon-Villeurbanne</font></font>, <font class="txtTitreGrasRouge" color="#ff0000"><strong>Alstom, one of the world leaders in electricity production and transmission</strong></font></a></font></font></font></font>, <strong>which has equipped a quarter of the world&#8217;s hydroelectric plants</strong>, has committed to two large projects. The first is the opening of the Global Centre for Technology and Hydroelectricity in Grenoble, which will create 650 jobs. The second project is to fulfill a record order for 440 terrestrial wind-turbines, alongside the Brazilian producer Renova.<br>Another company located in Villeurbanne, <strong>Areva, a French group specializing in the nuclear sector</strong>, saw an improvement in its financial situation in 2012, with sales of 9.3 billion Euros and an estimated rise of between 3 and 6% predicted for 2013. Its Safety Alliance program, dedicated to the improvement of security procedures in the nuclear sector, also saw a significant rise.</p> <p align="justify"><br><strong><font color="#000000"><strong>The Compagnie du Rhone (CNR),</strong> <strong>in the context of its partnership with the city of Lyon, will be the exclusive supplier of 100% renewable energy</strong></font></strong> for the development of 250 electric car-share vehicles. The CNR is a member of <font color="#ff0000"><a title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/lyon-economic-news/news-TENERRDIS-BUSINESS-RESULTS-AND-DEVELOPMENT-PROSPECTS,n,4660,EN.jsp" target="_blank"><font color="#ff0000">Tenerrdis, the competitive cluster dedicated to renewable energies in the Rhone-Alpes region</font>.</a></font></p> <p align="justify"><font color="#ff0000"></font><br>Continuing the theme of sustainable mobility, <strong>EDF, in collaboration with Renault Trucks, will experiment with an entirely electric crane truck for the city of Lyon</strong>. EDF saw a rise of 5.8 % in its sales for 2012, bringing its total to 72.7 billion Euros.</p> <p align="justify"><br><strong>The energy industry represents a major asset for the Lyon region, which has a reputation for excellence in the renewable energy sector</strong>. <a title="" style="color: rgb(224, 32, 32);" href="https://www.aderly.com/lyon-economic-news/-news-ENERGIE-DEBAT-SUR-LA-TRANSITION-ENERGETIQUE-UN-COLLOQUE-EN-AVRIL-2013-A-LYON,n,7051,EN.jsp" target="_blank"><font color="#000000">A national symposium entitled &#8220;What are the energies of tomorrow?&#8221;</font></a> will be organized in Lyon by the SFEN (French Society for Nuclear Energy) from the 11th to the 13th of April 2013, and will tackle questions relating to energy in general and nuclear power in particular.<br></p>