Ecowatt: the electricity weather forecast soon to be broadcast on television?

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The energy crisis is growing ever more severe on French territory. The specter of power cuts threatens the winter. At present, forecasts are still difficult to establish.

Thus, if Emmanuelle Wargon, president of the Energy Regulatory Commission, assured FranceInfo on September 19 that “this is normally a case that should not happen”, she was still cautious. warning: “As far as electricity is concerned, in the most difficult cases we can achieve targeted cuts”.

Thus, some television channels are mobilizing to raise awareness among the French about electricity stocks and guarantee fluid information within households. After the snow or beach weather forecast, it is now the electricity forecast that will be broadcast on the France Télévisions channels. Delphine Ernotte, president of the public audiovisual group, has indeed signed an “unprecedented partnership” with her counterpart from the Electricity Transport Network (RTE), Xavier Piechaczyk.

For this, the group’s television channels will broadcast the Ecowatt electricity weather forecast. This will take the form of a pictogram displayed on the group’s television channels, allowing viewers to see, in real time, the level of electricity available in the country.

To alert the French, this pictogram can be dressed in three different colors: green, orange and red. But what does this mean and what should be done when the indicator is red?

This barometer will make it possible to monitor continuously and in real time the level of electricity available in the country. Thus, the 3 colors indicate different levels, green representing a normal stock, orange a tense situation and red a very low stock level which could give rise to inevitable cuts if nothing is done to improve the situation. situation, reports Ouest-France.

This will give viewers a clearer idea of ​​the threat level of potential cuts. But the partnership between France Télévisions and the Electricity Transmission Network does not stop here. The channels will also broadcast advice on how to modify their practices according to the pictogram.

When the pictogram turns red, this means that viewers will have to moderate their consumption during peak periods, i.e. between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. and between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. For example, Delphine Ernotte explained to AFP that, if it is not necessary to turn off your television immediately, “you can, for example, start your washing machine at 10 p.m. rather than at 7 p.m. “.

In addition, as Xavier Piechaczyk pointed out, it is also possible to postpone the cooking of your “zucchini gratin” from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., heating and cooking being particularly energy-intensive.

During television news or weather reports, France Télévisions will thus make the French aware of these daily gestures that must now be adopted.