Energy crisis: an electrical forecast soon on France Télévisions to avoid cuts

The weather forecast for snow, beaches and now… electricity. France Télévisions promised this Friday to make the French aware of the actions to be taken to avoid power cuts this winter, broadcasting on their antennas Ecowatt, electric weather forecast.

The president of the public audiovisual group, Delphine Ernotte, and her counterpart from the Electricity Transmission Network (RTE), manager of the high and very high voltage lines, Xavier Piechaczyk, have signed an “unprecedented association” in this regard.

France Télé will thus display on its antennas, when the time comes, pictograms designed as part of the Ecowatt system, which allows users to see in real time the level of electricity available in the country thanks to a signal in three colors: green (normal), orange (tense) and red (very tense, synonymous with unavoidable cuts if nothing is done to reduce consumption).

Specifically, viewers will be invited to change their practices Depending on the pictogram that appears on the screen, red should encourage them to moderate their consumption at peak times, between 8:00 and 12:00 and between 18:00 and 20:00.

Delay the cooking of your “zucchini gratin”

If it is not necessary to turn off your television, which is not the one that consumes the most energy, “you can, for example, start your washing machine at 10:00 p.m. instead of at 7:00 p.m.,” he explains. Delphine Ernotte. You can also postpone the cooking of your “zucchini gratin” from 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Xavier Piechaczyk abounds, remembering that heating and cooking consume a lot of energy.

So many gestures that the public of France Télé will be made aware of, that is, “4 out of 5 French people each week”, in particular during information programs or “weather and climate” bulletins, according to Delphine Ernotte, who calls for a service public mission.

It is not about “paralyzing France”, but about “pay attention when necessary”insists Xavier Piechaczyk, who hopes to “save at least 5% of electricity in the afternoon at 7:00 p.m.”

For France Télé, this initiative is part of a broader “environmental change” to respond to “the climate emergency”, in particular with the creation of a “climate team” among journalists or the “regular relocation” of 13 Hours of France 2 in places affected by the crisis. The group also undertakes to comply with various internal energy sobriety measures, such as turning off the lights in all its buildings after 9:30 p.m., and to work with production companies that meet certain criteria, especially in terms of carbon footprint.

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