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why should we moderate our consumption on Monday?


Elise Denjean

The cold snap that is currently sweeping France is causing overconsumption of electricity. It could have consequences on the electricity network, while nearly half of nuclear reactors are under maintenance. RTE, the manager of the electricity transmission network, calls on the French to moderate their consumption, in particular tomorrow morning between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

The electricity network operator RTE predicts a tense situation on Monday morning due to the cold and therefore calls on companies and individuals to curb consumption at this time. A peak in consumption is expected at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning.

This consumption will amount to 73,000 megawatt hours while France will only produce 65,000. We will therefore have to import electricity. There will be no risk of cutting but very small safety margins.

Lower your heating thermostat

We must therefore be vigilant and adopt a few simple gestures, as explained at the microphone of Europe 1 Jean-Paul Roubin, director of operations at RTE. “If tomorrow morning, we had planned to operate, for example, a household appliance before leaving for work, it must be operated tonight. We have no problem this evening to finally collect this consumption there. So that, it’s a simple gesture,” he said. “Tomorrow morning too, we can wonder about our lighting, reduce it as much as possible. And then, if we leave our home to go to work, we can also lower the thermostat on our electric heating before leaving”, recommends Jean-Paul Roubin .

Back to normal at 11 a.m.

Communities and businesses are also called upon to moderate their consumption tomorrow morning. Some brands like Carrefour have already answered the call. The return to normal is expected from 11 a.m. Then, the temperatures will rise, which will obviously relieve the electricity network.


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