electricity consumption in France continues to fall

electricity consumption in France continues to fall

In this way, it is possible to identify structural variations in consumption from one year to the next, beyond the weather effects, explains RTE. These structural variations are the effect, for example, of variations in economic activity or actions oriented towards sobriety. Over the past four weeks, the average structural decline has reached 8.7%.

A slowing pace

However, the rate of decline slowed last week (-7.4% against -8.1% the previous week), according to a calculation “excluding years with too different calendar configurations (the position of Christmas Day conditions consumption of the whole week)”, indicates the manager of the electricity network.

RTE explains the slowdown in the decline by a reduction in the potential for additional energy savings for individuals and companies in the tertiary sector, the warmer temperatures having reduced electricity consumption linked to heating. During the past week, the temperatures “were significantly above normal for the season, with a positive difference reaching 8.2°C on Friday, December 23”, he underlines.