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Electricity: the fall in French consumption is stabilizing


In its latest statement, the electricity network manager assesses the drop at 8.1% compared to the average of recent years (excluding the health crisis).

After reaching a peak of -9.7% the previous week, the drop in electricity consumption in France is confirmed but stabilized, according to the latest figures from RTE, published on Wednesday.

Over the last seven days, it has reached -8.1% compared to the average for previous years (2014-2019, excluding health crisis).

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Over the last week, the downward trend has returned to levels close to those of the end of November, after two weeks characterized by an even greater drop

", underlines the operator of the electricity transmission network in its weekly summary.

Over the last four weeks, the fall in French consumption is even more notable, since it has reached -9%.

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A drop in consumption “

greater than expected

” in September, pointed out RTE in the latest update of its outlook for winter 2022-2023, published on Tuesday.

And which is approaching the government's objective in its sobriety plan, set at -10% by 2024, compared to 2019.

“All sectors” are concerned

Like the previous week, the manager notes that “

the fall in consumption concerns all sectors: industrial, tertiary and residential


It was first identified, in the fall, in the industry.

Over the last four weeks, it has reduced its consumption by 12% compared to last year.

From early December, the decline began to be felt in the residential and tertiary sectors.

Thus, over the last 4 weeks, the aggregate consumption of the two sectors (after correcting for weather effects) was around 7% lower than the level of 2021, details RTE.

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Despite the cold that has swept through France since the beginning of December - with temperatures significantly below normal for the season - which inevitably led the French to warm up more, the manager notes "

the real effect

of the sobriety actions

undertaken by the individuals and businesses

", called for by the government.

The company is also calling for them to be continued, to allow France to get through a tense winter in terms of electricity supply.

Source: lefigaro

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