France might face electricity shutdowns this winter

(MENAFN) Private families in France may face electricity shutdowns this winter in the event of severe colds, the chief of the energy manager CRE, Emmanuelle Wargon, informed France Info radio on Monday.

“Under no circumstances will there be gas shutdowns in private homes. But on the electrical side, we may be faced with having to make difficult decisions about limited shutdowns,” she added, noting “These can last for several hours and will be very local – at the commune or district level – with prior notification to citizens.”

The manager went on to say that outages would not affect serious infrastructure, including hospitals. Extreme measures could be prevented if the winter is comparatively warm, she continued.

Wargon also said that the move to close the Fessenheim nuclear power plant, withdrew 2 years ago, “could not have been taken in the current crisis.”

“We thought that we could gradually replace nuclear energy with renewable energy sources, but now we understand that we will need more energy. We need both sources,” she underlined.


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