Energy Crisis: This winter, Enedis will be able to “turn off” hot water remotely.

Will we have warm water this winter? Some French households will have to control their consumption more precisely anyway. In order to avoid the risk of a blackout, the electricity network operator RTE has decided to reduce the off-peak time slots when electricity is cheaper.

From October 15th to April 15th, 2023, some of the 4.3 million private customers, but also small businesses and municipalities that have taken out a subscription for peak/off-peak times, will no longer be able to heat their water between noon and 2 p.m

This type of subscription encourages consumers to shift some of their consumption to periods when electricity is cheaper. This saves you money and relieves the network during peak consumption.

Other uses such as televisions or electric stoves are not affected

“In coordination with the authorities, we have actually asked the power distributor Enedis to temporarily suspend the automatic switching signal in this time window, we at RTE confirm. A ministerial decree was issued on September 22nd. » Enedis does not have to move to perform the maneuver. To carry out what it modestly dubs “push shifting,” the EDF subsidiary can operate remotely thanks to Linky’s new smart meters.

Specifically, today the eight off-peak times are broken down into two scenarios: between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. (60% of these customers); or distributed between 12pm and 5pm and between 8pm and 8am (40% of customers). The other sixteen hours are inevitably peak times when electricity can be up to three times more expensive.

The off-peak time window between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. will therefore be shortened by two hours from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for six months. The balloons are then heated in the off-peak hours of the night. For all other electrical activities, peak/off-peak rates do not change. Switching on the television or hotplates between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. is easily done at low rates.

However, cuts in a specific area are not excluded.

“We took this temporary suspension measure to further limit the risk of power outages when consumption peaks are too high,” explains RTE. According to the manager’s calculations, up to 2.5 gigawatts (GW) of electricity could be saved by 12:30 p.m., the equivalent of two nuclear reactors. At 1pm it would still save 1GW.

“Heating accounts for a third of a home’s energy consumption,” recalls François Carlier, deputy director of the consumer association CLCV (Consumption, Housing and Living Environment). And hot water on average between 10 and 14%. It is thus the second item of energy consumption. “But the risk of a cut injury is not completely eliminated.

“Be careful, these exceptional cuts, if implemented, would be delivered directly to the medium-voltage power grid and not individually through the Linky meters,” RTE recalled. These “rotating blackouts” cannot exceed two hours per geographic area, neighborhood, city, or department. Hospitals, national defense, endangered industries are not affected.

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