A controlled blackout in France is not out of the question this winter. So says Joannes Laveyne, a researcher at the Institute of Electrical Energy at the University of Ghent. “They need to avoid unexpected outages. It’s highly unlikely this will happen, but it’s never been this close before.”

Petrol prices that seem to have no ceiling and break all records: unprecedented, especially in the middle of summer. Neighboring France also sees exceptional rates, but when it comes to electricity.

“This morning, the price of variable electricity was between €1,200 and €2,200 per megawatt hour (MWh),” said Joannes Laveyne, a researcher at the Institute of Electrical Energy at the University of Ghent. “Then the price is 500 to 600 euros per MWh, which is not so bad in our country or Germany. By comparison, before the energy crisis the normal price was around 40 euros per MWh.”

nuclear power plant finished

Is the electricity bill also an attic street? “France is a special country in that regard. It will not be doubled or 20-fold, it will be the state-owned company EDF that produces the electricity that will have to bear the additional costs, these are between €8 billion and €15 billion.Of course this is on the tax return will be resolved.”

Laveyne is looking for reasons for the extremely high prices of nuclear power plants. “More than half of the power plants in France have been shut down, partly due to maintenance and partly because design flaws that could compromise safety have surfaced in recent months. EDF We are doing everything we can to get as many power plants back online as possible by the winter, but there is a lot of uncertainty about this for the time being.

High voltage line to Belgium

According to Laveyne, a shutdown of economic activity will almost certainly occur. “Businesses temporarily close their doors because they have determined that electricity prices are too high or they cannot afford it. If that is not enough, governments should proceed with controlled blackouts. , the regions are alternately placed in darkness for 1 hour.”

Controlling power outages in this way helps prevent unexpected outages. “Belgium and Germany are interconnected by high voltage lines, so this could be a threat. In the worst case scenario, we and the rest of Europe would be left in the dark as well. I’m not saying that will happen, but it’s highly unlikely, but as far as France is concerned, we’ve never come close to a blackout.”

‘It’s not a warm winter’

As far as gas inventories are concerned in our country, Laveyne expects nothing to go wrong. He is not very aggressive about prices. “Due to the drought, nuclear power plants will produce less electricity and less coal will be able to be transported across the Rhine. consumes the gas stored in the stock.”

“As things stand, prices will remain high during the winter and beyond. Bad news for home energy bills, but definitely bad news for industry. We won’t have a warm winter.”

Source: vrt

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