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The drop in French electricity consumption “is growing”, 8.3% over one week


A decrease which concerns “now all sectors”, according to data published Tuesday evening by RTE, the manager of the French electricity transmission network.

The downward trend in electricity consumption in France

"is growing"

, with a decline of 8.3% last week compared to the average for previous years (2014-2019), a decrease which

"now concerns

all sectors”

, according to data published Tuesday evening by RTE, the manager of the French electricity transmission network.

On the trend,

“the bearish effect is growing”

compared to the previous update which had noted electricity consumption down 6.7% over one week, notes RTE.

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“Over the last 4 weeks, electricity consumption in France at normal temperature has shown a structural decrease (6.6%) compared to the minimum of previous years (2014-2019) over the same period”

, indicates the network manager. French high and very high voltage in its update stopped on Sunday.

“Over the last week, the downward trend has even increased (-8.3%)”

, still compared to these reference years, “even if this

will have to be confirmed”

, underlines RTE.

First identified in the industrial sector, as of the autumn, due to the rise in energy prices,

"the fall in consumption now appears to concern all sectors",

and this while over the past week, temperatures have dropped

“significantly below seasonal norms”

, increasing heating needs.

"The most recent figures - collected during the cold period of the last few days - show that the drop in consumption also concerns the residential sector (majority in volume) and the tertiary sector"

, i.e. a drop of 7% compared to 2021, according to RTE .

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Before this update, RTE estimated at the end of last week that the drop in consumption was not yet visible in

“tertiary buildings”

such as offices and company headquarters and retail outlets.

In a context of energy crisis, the network operator has set up this weekly monitoring of electricity consumption in mainland France.

The published data was

“aligned with normal temperatures for the period”

and is independent of the exceptionally mild values ​​recorded in France in November.

For the manager, these figures confirm

"the real effect of sobriety actions undertaken by individuals and businesses"


The government's sobriety plan, presented on October 6, provides for a 10% reduction in energy consumption over the next two years in France compared to 2019, and 40% by 2050.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2022-12-07

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