Infotech “It could go wrong next winter”: the regulator calls on the French to reduce their energy consumption

“It could go wrong next winter”: the regulator calls on the French to reduce their energy consumption

The president of the Energy Regulation Commission (CRE), Jean-François Carenco, called on all French people on Monday, March 28 to save energy now, at the risk of facing environmental tensions. supply next winter.

In a daily interview with “Les Echos”, the boss of the energy regulator judges that the gas supply difficulties caused by the war in Ukraine and the unprecedented drop in EDF’s nuclear electricity production will necessarily lead to difficulties in the winter of 2022 if nothing is done.

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“We must save gas and electricity in France now, otherwise it could go wrong next winter”insisted Jean-François Carenco, inviting everyone to make an effort, “Industrials, the tertiary sector, public buildings but also each of us, whether by lowering the heating, the air conditioning, the lights”. “There is an emergency and everyone must do it”he added.

Production levels equivalent to 1991

The president of CRE also calls for the removal of administrative obstacles in order to accelerate the deployment of a floating LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal in Le Havre as well as simplifying administrative and litigation procedures concerning renewable energy projects.

“There is an urgent need to speed up. The crisis we are going through must make it possible to understand that the collective interest takes precedence over the individual interest.added Jean-François Carenco.

“Energy sobriety is our best life insurance”

The war in Ukraine has caused a significant increase in the price of hydrocarbons and raises the question of the European continent’s dependence on natural gas from Russia.

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In France, energy production is affected by the shutdown of several nuclear reactors after the discovery of corrosion cracks on safety systems.

Consequently, the production of nuclear electricity reached levels equivalent to the production of 1991, estimates the CRE, which were particularly low.

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