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Life of the power system / Electricity consumption in France.

Source: RTE 08/01/2003

France has just bettered its electricity consumption record on Tuesday, 7 January 2003 - 7 p.m.

The French electricity consumption record was beaten yesterday, Tuesday, 7 January 2003, with a consumption peak of 78,810 MW at 7 p.m.

The previous record, which dates back to 17 December 2001, was 77,080 MW.

The resumption of economic activity after the holidays and the colder-than-usual meteorological conditions combine to explain this record figure.

On Tuesday evening, average temperatures in France were below 5°C compared with normal seasonal values. The daily peak at 7 p.m. is due above all to an increase in domestic consumption (heating, cooking, lighting, etc.) at a time when there is still considerable industrial activity, particularly in public transport. At the time the record was bettered, there still remained an available capacity margin of more than 2,000 MW and, in addition, the French network exported about 6,000 MW to the neighbouring countries.

RTE wishes to state that the consumption curve can be consulted in real time on its Web site, under the section "Life of the Power System - Electricity Consumption".

Réseau de Transport d'Electricité (RTE), the French Transmission System Operator, created on 1 July 2000, is an independent entity within EDF and is entrusted with the task of operating, maintaining and developing the HV and EHV electricity transmission network supplying the power distributors (EDF GDF SERVICES and local distribution companies) and eligible consumers (major industrial customers). This network consists of 100,000 km of lines with a voltage between 63,000 Volts and 400,000 Volts. RTE has a work force of 8,000 people and its sales revenue came to 3.726 billion Euros en 2001.