Emmanuel Macron Urges An End To “Scenarios Of Fear” Over Power Cuts

“EDF's job is to run the power stations; the job of government is for there to be planning; Everyone's job is to roll out sobriety,” he added, judging “stupid” the “debate” he had “heard in recent hours”.

Emmanuel Macron Urges An End To
Emmanuel Macron Urges An End To "Scenarios Of Fear" Over Power Cuts.

Faced with mounting concern about the possibility of “shedding,” Emmanuel Macron slams his fist on the table. The president slammed “fear scenarios” linked to the risk of power outages this winter on Tuesday, December 6.

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“Stop all that! We are a great country, we have a great energy model, we will hold out this winter despite the war. And I ask everyone to do their job,” the president said as he arrived at a European summit in Tirana, Albania.

“EDF’s job is to run the power stations; the job of government is for there to be planning; Everyone’s job is to roll out sobriety,” he added, judging “stupid” the “debate” he had “heard in recent hours”.

Already on Saturday, the president wanted to be reassuring. “Don’t panic, it’s useless”, had launched Emmanuel Macron, on TF1. Two days earlier, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne assured that her government was doing “everything” to avoid “power cuts”.

The government, which claims to be anticipating all scenarios in a measure of prediction, sent a circular to prefects at the end of November to prepare their departments in the event of cuts.

These random power outages of up to two hours, which could affect 60% of the population and occur during peak consumption, remain a fictitious scenario, according to the President. “It is normal for the government to plan for the worst-case scenario,” Macron said.

In the event of a particularly tense situation in the electricity system this winter, particularly in January, the “electricity weather forecast,” EcoWatt, managed by the Electricity transmission network (RTE), will emit a red signal three days in advance to warn of the risk of targeted and temporary outages, allowing everyone to take precautions.

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According to RTE, if consumption does not fall after the red signal is issued, rotating cuts of two hours organized on portions of departments will be inevitable.

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