France is preparing for a tense winter, against a backdrop of coronavirus

The availability of nuclear power plants will remain very low, according to RTE. The Fessenheim judgment does not help.

RTE believes that the risk that it will have to take exceptional measures to avoid a national or regional blackout will be “much higher than the norm”.
RTE believes that the risk that it will have to take exceptional measures to avoid a national or regional blackout will be “much higher than the norm”. Pascal Rossignol/REUTERS

Nuclear power plants under maintenance, Fessenheim closed, coronavirus epidemic … France is preparing to face a complicated winter on the electricity grid front. The cold season “Remain under special vigilance”, with“A high probability of tense situations on the balance between electricity supply and demand”, warns the manager of the high-voltage network RTE, in a new analysis of the security of electricity supply published on Friday. “The evolution of the health situation still induces a strong uncertainty on these data which will be updated mid-November”, he warns.

RTE believes that the risk that it will have to take exceptional measures to avoid a national or regional blackout will be “Well above the norm”. In particular, “The use of targeted load shedding of households (for example voltage drops or cuts, Editor’s note) cannot be excluded in the case “ very low temperatures. These interruptibility measurements have never been

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