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Energy consumption: record beaten on 12 December 2001 at 7 p.m.

Source: RTE 17/12/2001

France has beaten its power consumption record for the third time in a month.

The French power consumption record was beaten on Wednesday, 12 December 2001 at 7 p.m., with a consumption peak of 74,930 MW.
The previous record, which dates back to 11 december 2001, was 74,520 MW.

The combination of sustained economic activity and colder weather conditions than usual go to explain these record values. On Wednesday evening, average temperatures were, in fact, about 2°C below normal seasonal values, which resulted in more than 3,000 MW in additional demand, i.e. a 4% increase in consumption.

The daily peak at 7 p.m. was due above all to a rise in domestic consumption (heating, cooking, lighting, etc.) at a time when industrial activity was still substantial, particularly as regards public transport.

At the time the record was beaten, there was still an available capacity margin of 4,000 MW and, in addition, the French network exported about 6,000 MW to neighbouring countries.
RTE reminds those interested that the consumption curve can be consulted in real time on its Web site www.rte-France;com under the heading "Life of the power system / Load curve".

RTE, the French Transmission System Operator and an independent entity within EDF, was created on 1 July 2000. It is responsible for operating the high and extra high voltage power transmission network supplying electricity distributors (EDF GDF SERVICES and Local Distribution Companies). This network is made up of 100,000 km of voltage lines between 63 kV and 400 kV.

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