“No general blackout”, Pompili responds to fears of electricity shortage this winter

Pixabay Shortages affect all sectors, and as a result, prices are rising. The 15 December, EDF then announced the shutdown of the two Chooz reactors, in the Ardennes, “as a precautionary measure” and the extension those of the Civaux (Vienne) power station, after the detection of faults near welds in the pipes of a safety circuit thereof. After this decision, electricity prices had peaked on Friday evening with a price per megawatt hour of electricity displayed at 70 euros on the markets.

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: “I would like to reassure everyone, there will be no general blackout by the end of winter” # QuestionsPol pic.twitter.com/xMuzNGB12 s

– France Inter (@ franceinter) December 16, 2020 Nothing to worry about the Minister of Transition ecological, Barbara Pompili, guest of France Inter. Yes 16 reactors on 40 are closed for maintenance or for incidents, are there any Are there any concerns about supply difficulties? “I would like to reassure everyone, there will be no general blackout by the end of winter,” said the minister first. How to be sure? “We have a certain number of provisions which exist and which make it possible to avoid this,” she replied. >> To read also – Electricity prices reach new heights after the shutdown of nuclear reactors

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These provisions are forecasts that are refined by RTE depending on the weather, explained Barbara Pompili. She conceded, however, that too many reactors were shut down. The shutdown of the four reactors for “fault” was not planned. “We end up with almost six gigawatts which are stopped and which should not be,” she specified. The government therefore asked EDF to restart a “certain number of reactors shut down for maintenance” which were to start up in January 2022. These advanced openings should make it possible to face any shortages, she assured. No shortage of electricity a priori, but prices are still on the rise. Before EDF’s announcement, electricity prices were already on an upward trend, driven by the surge in gas prices, but also CO2 quotas on carbon markets, where companies buy and sell ” rights to pollute “allocated in limited numbers by the authorities. France, which depends on 064% of nuclear power to produce its electricity, will spend the end of winter under “vigilance”.

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