Making sure everyone gets electricity especially at peak time is what the French Distribution network does.
Keeping its eyes on the national grid it estimates energy consumption and alerts those who provide electricity in emergency cases, such as an unpredicted snow storm.
Energy providers count on plants built just for those occasions to fulfill the needs of the French. But they have a very high economical and ecological cost.
New electric meters which switch to renewable forms of energy are being made. And providers are thinking of making people pay more to encourage them to use electricity when its available and not when everyone needs it.
Low energy light-bulbs have replaced 100 watt light bulbs that had been the standard for over a century. But they have raised a controversy. ENVIRONMENT tells you all about it.
In Germany a small town has come up with an original way to save energy. At night, residents type the route they plan to take on their mobile phone and the lamp posts light up on demand. An innovative way to reduce electricity consumption