LIVE – RTE: “No blackout risk this winter”

The same nuclear production this year as last winter, hopes the EDF boss

EDF expects to have almost the same nuclear production available this winter as last one, said Jean-Bernard Lévy, the president of EDF before the Economic Committee of the Senate.

Jean-Bernard Lévy in the Senate on September 14. © AFP

The opposition wants help for communities and businesses

Believing that “the government has no other choice” than to limit the tariff shield that expires on December 31, due to the “budget situation that we have”, the President of the Senate Gérard Larcher recalled the LCI set with some companies. had to close “for energy cost reasons”.

“You also have local authorities without a tariff shield, now we see a certain amount of sports equipment, I’m thinking of swimming pools (…) that close now”, he said. “we are looking collectively” at how to respond to this energy crisis, in terms of supply, stability and purchasing power.

On the left, too, we call for help for businesses.

“I want the government to take strong measures to protect the job and the purchasing power of the French. I say job because the increase in gas and electricity bills that our companies have -suffer the weight of ‘between their closure’, estimated. the national secretary of the PCF Fabien Roussel, on the set of franceinfo, adding that his group will ask “during the debate in the National Assembly an effective shield on tariffs for our companies”.

RTE: “No risk of blackout this winter”

“Under no circumstances is France in danger of a ‘black-out’,
that is to say total loss of control of the electricity system”, assures RTE.

“The risk of tension” in the electricity network this winter is “increased”, but remains “controllable thanks to a strong mobilization” in favor of energy savings, said Wednesday the manager of the electricity transmission network ( RTE).

Growth in renewable energy and electricity needs, aging equipment: the electricity network operator RTE will have to invest large amounts in the next decades to renew the network
Growth in renewable energy and electricity demand, aging equipment: the electricity network operator RTE will have to invest large amounts in the coming decades to renew the network © BORIS HORVAT © 2019 AFP

“The risk of cuts cannot be completely excluded, but they can be avoided by lowering national consumption by 1 to 5% in most cases, and up to 15% in the most extreme weather situations”, detailed RTE in a press release while the government must present the new terms of the tariff shield for 2023 during the day.

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Europe will create reserves of rare earths

The EU will establish “strategic reserves” to avoid disruptions in the supply of “critical” raw materials for its industry, especially rare earths and lithium, the global supply of which is controlled by China, the EU announced on Wednesday. President of the European Commission.

“Nearly 90% of rare earths and 60% of lithium are processed in China. We will define strategic projects in the supply chain, from mining to refining, from processing to recycling, and we will build a strategic reserves where supplies are threatened,” Ursula von der Leyen told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The EU will invest 3 billion euros in hydrogen

The EU will establish a new public bank dedicated to the development of hydrogen, which will be able to invest 3 billion euros “to build the future market” of this energy, the President of the Commission announced on Wednesday. European Ursula von der Leyen.

Haffner wants to turn biomass into hydrogen
Haffner wants to convert biomass into hydrogen © Haffner Energy

“We need to move from the niche market to the mass market, we want to produce ten million tons of renewable hydrogen in the EU every year by 2030”, which requires “closing the investment gap”, he indicated in the European Parliament, that assures. that this public bank will also contribute to “guaranteeing the purchase of hydrogen”.

Ursula von der Leyen: “the time is not for appeasement” in Moscow

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, declared on Wednesday that the sanctions imposed on Russia due to the war in Ukraine should be continued and judged that the time for appeasement had not yet come.

“I want it to be clear: the sanctions will not be lifted. It is time for determination, not appeasement,” he said in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Ursula von der Leyen: “A comprehensive and deep reform” of the electricity market

The EU will carry out “a complete and deep reform” of its electricity market, where prices have soared due to gas prices, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.

“Beyond the immediate crisis, we must think about the future. The current design of the electricity market no longer does justice to consumers, they must reap the benefits of cheap renewable energy. So we must i -decouple the price of electricity from the dominant influence of gas,” he said in the European Parliament.

A cap on “superprofits” will bring in 140 billion euros

The capping of the revenues of renewable and nuclear power generators will raise “more than 140 billion euros” for EU states, which can be distributed to vulnerable households and businesses, said Wednesday. . The President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

Thanks to the surge in electricity prices after gas, these companies resell their production for more than their production costs, superprofits that Brussels proposes to recover: “At the moment, it is not right to make extraordinary income thanks to the war on the back of consumers”, confirmed Ms von der Leyen before the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

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