The health crisis of Covid-19 in France canit affect the electricity supply or even lead to power cuts during the winter? If the scenario is extreme and unlikely in the short term, it is still considered. RTE, the network manager, has been alerting to this risk for several months and is observing particular vigilance. In question: the confinement of last spring, who delayed the maintenance of nuclear power plants.
“The Covid-19 crisis has considerably disrupted the companies which were in charge of the maintenance schedules for the production devices of our French electricity. We are in a situation which can be difficult in January and February, if we go through a cold spell or very cold “, says Xavier Piechacyzk, at the head of RTE. To compensate for a possible lack of electricity that would come from nuclear this winter, EDF is relying in particular on its hydroelectric dams.
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