to avoid a “black-out”, Enedis will be able to block the hot water tanks of over 4 million customers between 12:00 and 14:00.

It is a decree that went unnoticed, published on September 27 in the Official Gazette and spotted by the consumer association UFC-Que Choisir. Indicates that Enedis can interrupt the supply of some hot water tanks for part of the day. This applies to all households who have a Lindy meter and who have a “peak hours / off-peak hours” subscription, where noon hours, 12: 00-14: 00, are part of the off-peak hours. peak.

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All electricity suppliers are affected by these cuts, but must warn upstream. In total, this measure will affect 4.3 million customers, according to Enedis. These are individuals, companies but also local communities. It will apply from 15 October and will last until mid-April or at the latest mid-May, depending on the decree.

The decree authorizes theoperators of public electricity distribution networks” to “disable the closure of the controllable contact“Between”11:00 and 15:30“In concrete terms, this means that the tank will no longer produce hot water during off-peak hours e it will concentrate its production in the night. In addition, the off peak meridian times will be shifted and postponed even at night. Enedis ensures that “from the customer’s point of view, there is no impact“, and that the price will remain the same. According to the decree, the cut cannot”be longer than two hoursFor other devices, such as the refrigerator or television for example, there will be no changes, Enedis insists.

According to Elisabeth Chesnais, specialist in energy issues for Que Choisir, these deactivations will be on time: “We do not have daily consumption peaks“, tempera on franceinfo. A way to avoid power outages”during times of stress, when we will struggle to bring supply and demand together“, Emphasizes the specialist.

It was RTE, the electricity transmission manager, who proposed this measure to the public authorities, because the time slot from 12:00 to 14:00 represents a significant peak in consumption. The aim is therefore to anticipate and avoid possible cuts this winter, while vigilance will be strengthened by RTE. This should save 3.5 gigawatts per day in the affected time slot, which is the equivalent of producing three and a half nuclear reactors.

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