Electricity: how to be alerted to possible power cuts this winter?


Will the “sobriety meeting” of the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, be possible this winter? The Head of State asked the French a few days ago to reduce their energy consumption to avoid power cuts. Why ?

32 of the 56 nuclear reactors in the EDF fleet are shut down, indicates FranceInfo, and gas supplies are compromised because of the conflict in Ukraine. Thus, the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, no longer excludes “rotating load shedding” in France from access to electricity.

It would be necessary: ​​“that we cut over a short period of less than two hours, by district” she replied to the microphone of France Inter.

To avoid this scenario, French consumption must drop by 15% during the most tense hours, explained Xavier Piechaczyk, the manager of the electricity transport network (RTE), in the columns of Les Echos.

The EcoWatt site, approved by the RTE and the Ecological Transition Agency, allows its users to monitor energy consumption in their region, hour by hour. Thanks to a color system, it indicates the status of the network in real time. In green, consumption is normal, in orange, there are tensions…

And if the red appears, it is because the cuts will occur if nothing is done. The site also aims to help the French to reduce their consumption at the right time in order to ensure a good supply of electricity to the whole country.

To do this, it also indicates all the eco-gestures to practice so as not to suffer from it this winter…