Cold leads to record levels of electricity consumption

Electricity consumption has soared in France, reaching an an all-time high with current freezing temperatures. EDF, the French national electricity supplier, expressed concerns over a possible shortage, French media reported.


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AFP - 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 December 17, 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 (16 degrees Fahrenheit) in Paris -- the coldest since 1997 -- to minus 20 degrees Celsius in the northern Ardennes region.

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