New record in French electricity consumption

8th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

Coldest night since 1997 sets new record on Wednesday, says a power line company.

PARIS – France's electricity consumption reached a new record high Wednesday as the country continued to battle freezing temperatures, a spokesman for power lines manager RTE told AFP.

France's electricity consumption stood at 92,400 megawatts Wednesday, a third consecutive record after Monday and Tuesday when its electricity use stood at 90,200 and 91,500 respectively.

The previous record was 88,960 megawatts on 17 December 2007.

The latest record is attributed to soaring electricity demand for central heating.

France's weather service called Tuesday night "the coldest night of winter" so far with lows ranging from minus nine degrees Celsius in Paris - the coldest since 1997 - to minus 20 degrees Celsius in the northern Ardennes region.

[AFP / Expatica]

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