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the circular addressed to the prefects “is cold in the back”, warns Agnès Verdier-Molinié

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Laura Laplaud
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09:19, December 06, 2022

The circular sent to the prefects by the government to anticipate possible power cuts this winter is worrying. Will the French be deprived of electricity for several hours a day? Will the schools be open? And what about public transport? “We are in a very worrying situation. I read again last night the circular which was given to the prefects to plan the load shedding plans, it sends shivers down my spine!” declared Agnès Verdier-Molinié, director of the iFRAP Foundation, guest of Europe Matin on Tuesday. “We are not going to reopen the schools, we are not going to start the trains, the metros …”, she listed.

The government tempers

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The government reassures, like Secretary of State Marlène Schiappa, “there is no need for panic,” she assured the microphone of Europe 1. If the rotating load shedding has place, these targeted cuts will last two consecutive hours maximum in portions of departments but these cuts are still only scenarios, she had tempered.

“The President of the Republic said ‘don’t panic’ but he also said ‘if there is a train on a route on which there is a risk of load shedding, we will not make it leave’. You believe that we are going to have a lot of trains at the time of the big peaks in consumption in the heart of the very cold winter?”, launched the director of the iFRAP Foundation at the microphone of Europe 1.

Towards an “energy confinement”?

At the microphone of Europe 1, the author of The real state of France to Éditions de l’Observatoire is alarmed by this situation and uses the expression “energy confinement” to define it. “When you can’t take the train, when you can’t take the tram or the electric bus, when you don’t have Internet, when you have difficulty phoning because you’re going to be transferred from one point of show to another… What is the economic and social standard of living that one can have in a situation like that?

“We are returning to a very backward situation”

“Obviously, you shouldn’t see things too negatively either. Not everyone will be offloaded at the same time. There is a real issue, who is going to be offloaded? Which factories won’t be able to tour at all? How are we going to work in the end? How do we work in conditions like that? Everyone is getting organized to have generators, to have backup sets, we’re back to a situation that is very backward,” she concluded.

As a reminder, in the event of high voltages on the electricity network, RTE will send a red EcoWatt signal three days in advance. If consumption decreases and neighboring countries can supply electricity, the blackout will be avoided. If this is not enough, load shedding will be confirmed the day before for the next day as a “last resort”.

Source: Europe1

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