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for a few days, cold and winter have arrived. Temperatures are below seasonal averages. A problem for the French electrical system, very sensitive to temperature variations, as electric heating is present in the country. Almost one in three fireplace is heating up electricity today. So, with temperatures that border on zero, France experienced its first consumption peaks.

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still 20 nuclear reactors in maintenance

since the start of the week, at 7 p.m., France has reached consumption peaks each time at some 74 GW of electricity. If this consumption is not extraordinary for the season (the historic record being 102 GW), The state of the electricity network makes the situation delicate . Thus, to meet demand, France has produced what it could. Almost half of consumption was satisfied by the nuclear fleet. No more because only 36 out of 56 reactors work, the delays linked to the other units still stopped.

The hydroelectric dams have also been asked. And then the two coals power plants, of Saint-Avold and Cordemais, run at full speed. Difficult on the other hand to count on wind turbines, which has only produced in recent days 10% of its capacities. The fault of an anticyclone which deprives France of wind.

about 12 GW of

imports for the rest, France imported, a lot and everywhere. Largely of Belgium and Germany, but also Spain, England, Switzerland and Italy. Our power lines have almost reached their maximum capacity, the hexagon significant nearly 12 GW during peaks, out of the 15 GW authorized by the infrastructure.

This situation is as long as our neighbors can export. But the weather forecast for the next few days in Europe make it fear an increasingly tense situation.

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