France is on high alert ! Never had the risk of power cuts been so high as for the looming winter of 2022 – 2023. In order to limit the risk, or even avoid it, the operator of the electricity transmission network, RTE, proposes the Ecowatt device. The latter also calls for sobriety in terms of electricity consumption.
This Ecowatt system was implemented by RTE and the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME). It alerts consumers when electricity consumption is too high to promote “eco-gestures” and avoid cuts. The winter of 2022 promises to be tense on the issue.
Winter 2022 – 2023 promises to be difficult
⛔️ Energy crisis – “Beware of cooking at 7:00 p.m.: avoid running your 4 fires on your hot plate at the same time”
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Attention ! In terms of electricity the vigilance period will start in the fall and will last several months. ” When the electrical system is very strained, the risk of cuts cannot be completely excluded. But it could be avoided by lowering national consumption by 1 to 5% in the majority of cases, and up to 15% in the most extreme weather situations,” explains the manager of the electricity transmission network.
Xavier Piechaczyk, Chairman of the Executive Board of RTE, judges however that ” we can eliminate a large part of the risks if we are very proactive on sobriety, as well as on the mobilization around the red Ecowatt signal during peak consumption.
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In concrete terms, the Ecowatt device indicates whether there is a risk of voltage on the French electricity network. That is to say that the consumption is greater than the electricity available, in real time, but also over the next three days.
” Each of us has the power to reduce electricity consumption in France by adopting simple gestures. Ecowatt allows you to know the moments when eco-gestures have the most impact on the electrical system. By shifting certain uses, you are helping to ensure everyone’s electricity supply during periods of supply tension. Let’s take the right steps! ” declares the website of the Ecowatt device. This site also gives valuable advice to prevent the French from often being in the dark during the winter of 2022-2023.
Recharge at the right times
With regard to charging, the site recommends, for example, to avoid charging your electric vehicle between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. or between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. He also recommends the installation of automatic control which could facilitate this action.
Also, Ecowatt recommends users of electronic products toavoid charging a smartphone between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., and between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.. Everyone would agree that smartphones are not the most energy-intensive of electricity-consuming products! But we’re talking abouta very simple gesture which, multiplied by millions of French people, can make all the difference!
The site of the Ecowatt device will tell you a lot. Above all, it will surely teach you things that you are very far from suspecting!
A very simple registration
As an “electrical network weather forecast”this Ecowatt device alerts consumers, businesses and communities in time to reduce their electricity consumption.
You just need to register on www.monecowatt.fr to be warned of any power outages and especially to participate in avoiding them. How ? By reducing your consumption!
In the event of a red alert, it is necessary to minimize its use of electricity. Especially during Peak hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Switching to permanent electrical sobriety will also limit the risk of load shedding. This sobriety is all the more necessary as France’s nuclear fleet produces little. Out of a total capacity of 61 GW, RTE is only betting on 38 GW in service in December and 45 GW in January.