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RTE announces record electricity consumption of 86,024 MW, at 7.15pm on 28th February 2005.

Source: RTE 28/02/2005

RTE announces record electricity consumption of 86,024 MW, at 7.15pm on 28th February 2005. France imported approximately 3% of its consumption from Spain and Germany.

At 7.15pm on 28th February 2005, RTE, the company responsible for operating the high and extra high voltage transmission system in France, registered a record level of electricity consumption of 86,024 MW.

The previous record was 84,706 MW, registered on 26th January 2005.

This surge in demand is due to the exceptionally cold weather that has been affecting all parts of France in the last few days, with temperatures 10 lower than the average for the time of year.

The French network is connected to those of its neighbouring countries, enabling them to exchange electricity. Usually, France exports power to most of its neighbours. In 2004, some 12% of all the electricity generated in France was exported in this way.

On 28th February 2005, France imported 3% of its consumption, with the electricity coming mainly from Spain and Germany. This was the first time in twenty years that such an event had occurred (January '85).

This consumption record underlines just how important it is for French consumers to manage their electricity consumption, especially during periods when the balance between supply and demand is particularly strained.

The electricity consumption curve in France can be viewed in real time on our website, in the "Life of the power system / Electricity consumption" section).

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