Light The risks are ruled out for the end of the year, but the room for maneuver will be less than expected in January
EDF has fallen behind in restarting certain nuclear power plants. — ROMAIN DOUCELIN/SIPA
“Risks” targeted and rotating power outages; exist in France “in January” in the event of too cold weather and if consumers do not reduce their consumption during alerts, warned this Saturday morning the president of the Commission for the regulation of energy Emmanuelle Wargon. “We thought that the risks would start as early as November or December, and now we are calmer, we are really reassured; on November and December, on the other hand as there were shifts” return to production of certain nuclear power plants “at EDF, we have a form of concern or vigilance for January” said the former Minister Delegate in charge of Housing on France Info.
In January, according to forecasts published Friday by the electricity network manager RTE, EDF should be able to supply 40 gigawatts (GW), or 65% of the capacity. nuclear installed. At this time of the year, usually “we are more or less around 50, or even at most around 60 GW. However, we will be around 40, and with 40 GW, we’t have a lot of leeway” warns Emmanuelle Wargon.
But there “will be no blackout,” she promises. “The system that jumps, “it will not happen,” she said. “The worst that can happen are targeted, decided cuts that rotate from city to city. the other,” she added. “I am very confident that on the first day Ecowatt rouge everyone will take “this seriously” to punctually reduce its consumption and thus avoid a cut, she continued. The manager of the electricity transmission network RTE warned on Friday that there was now a “high” of tensions on the French electricity network in January, due to the slower than expected restart of EDF nuclear reactors.