French utility EDF warned of a 24 hour strike from Monday Jan. 21 -RTE
PARIS, France, Jan 20 (Reuters) - French state-controlled
utility EDF has been warned of a 24 hour strike at its
power generation units in France from Jan. 21 at 2000 GMT, said
electricity grid operator RTE on Sunday.
The power systems operator did not give reasons for the
strike, nor whether it would impact electricity production.
The strike comes amid an expected rise in electricity
consumption for heating due to a cold weather snap this week,
according to forecasts.
France, unlike neighbour Germany, depends mostly on
electricity for heating during prolonged cold spells. Power
demand increases by around 2.5 gigawatts for every 1 degree drop
in the average temperature below seasonal levels in France.
RTE's forecast showed that the average temperature will
remain around 4 degrees below the seasonal norm for most of the
week, with the average daily peak consumption at over 85
gigawatts (GW), reaching about 90 GW on Thursday.
(Reporting by Bate Felix;
Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)
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