individuals and businesses urged to limit their electricity consumption on Monday

A cold wave and an electrical network under tension. The Electricity Transmission Network (RTE) foresees a complicated situation on Monday April 4 in the morning and therefore calls on companies and individuals to curb their consumption at this time.

“RTE asks companies and communities to moderate their consumption on Monday morning (in particular between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.) and asks French people who can to shift their electricity consumption to this weekend rather than Monday with regard to the ‘use of household appliances’he said in a statement released on Saturday.

This national Ecowatt “orange” signal (which can go as far as “red”) from the network manager comes about because of the drop in temperatures, which should increase electricity consumption.

She will “high” Monday and could reach 73,000 MW around 9 a.m. National production should be only 65,000 MW at the same time, but France should be able to import up to 11,000 MW to pass this milestone, according to RTE, which estimates that the situation could however be “tense”.

Tensions caused by the low availability of the nuclear fleet

“RTE does not, however, envisage a power cut on Monday morning, unless hazards should arise this weekend”, specifies the company, which will update its analyzes on Sunday. Saving gestures (switching off appliances on standby or light bulbs, lowering the heating, etc.) are presented on the site.

“These gestures can have a real impact : if all French people turn off a light bulb, this leads to a saving in electricity consumption of 600 MW, which is approximately the consumption of a city like Toulouse”explains RTE.

The French electricity system is under tension this winter due in particular to the low availability of the nuclear fleet, linked to a heavy maintenance schedule, further disrupted by the 2020 confinements. Currently, 27 nuclear reactors are unavailable out of 56.

The Saint-Avold coal-fired power plant (Moselle) has also just closed, even if it could possibly be put back into operation next winter.

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