France energy watchdog estimates no risk to power supply until at least mid-January
The head of the country’s CRE energy watchdog, Emmanuelle Wargon, said there was no risk to the electricity supply in France until at least mid-January.
Although it is necessary to be vigilant in case the temperature drops, the reality is French households and businesses paid attention to the calls to cut their energy Wargon told France Inter radio that the consumption was a big help.
The government sets a target to cut France‘S energy Consumption is up 10% in 2024 from 2019 levels, as part of a wide-ranging plan that includes turning off lights and lowering thermostats to avoid winter power and gas cuts amid war in Ukraine.
According to French grid operator RTE, electricity consumption has fallen by 8.7% over the past four weeks compared to the average for the same period in 2014-2019.
“The call for restraint has really been heard,” said Wargon.
“We remain attentive and vigilant” in the event of a drop in temperatures, she said, adding that “until mid-January, we know we won’t have any problems.”
Wargon also said that France’s nuclear fleet, which is currently undergoing maintenance and repair, is expected to reach a production capacity of 45 gigawatts (GW) by January.
She does not rule out that it could go as far as EDF’s prediction of almost 50 GW.