French grid briefly curbed factory output to avert blackout -regulator
PARIS, Jan 12 (Reuters) - France's CRE energy regulator said
on Saturday that grid operator RTE had called on Thursday
evening on factories with high power usage to curb their output
and electricity consumption in order to prevent blackouts.
The regulator said that on Jan. 10 at about 2000 GMT French
and European power frequencies had fallen well below the normal
level of 50 hertz, which can lead to major power cuts or
It said RTE, which is a unit of French state-controlled
utility EDF, had called on companies that are part of
its demand-response programme to reduce power consumption by
about 1,500 MW -- the equivalent of about one and a half nuclear
plants' output -- to restore grid frequency.
"Thanks to their quick response, these companies have helped
ensure security of power supply in France and more broadly in
Europe," the regulator said.
European power grids are all closely interlinked and major
blackouts in one country could lead to blackouts in neighbouring
(Reporting by Geert De Clercq
Editing by Helen Popper)
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