In France, ministers and President Macron will meet tomorrow to see what additional measures they will take to deal with the energy crisis. “All scenarios for this winter will be run over,” says Renout.
Energy prices are already capped in France. “So it is mainly about security of supply. France is not so dependent on gas, but mainly gets its energy from its own nuclear power stations. But more than half of the reactors are shut down for maintenance. The question is how long that will take.”
So what are the different scenarios on the table? “First, companies will be asked to use less energy. If they don’t, they can be drained. Another option is to reduce the voltage on the electricity grid. Then the light in the house will burn less brightly. Consumers will also be warned when peaks are approaching, so that they will then use less power. And a final option on the table is that the power in certain residential areas is cut off for a maximum of two hours.”
According to Renout, there is great fear in France of a new “yellow vest” movement. “In 2018, there were massive protests here because gasoline prices went out of control and purchasing power fell as a result. The government wants to avoid a repeat of this scenario.”