soon a “weather report” on electricity on France Télévisions

posted on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 2:29 p.m.

The channels of the group will show green, orange or red points, indicating in real time the level of electrical energy available in the country.

The French will soon be able to follow the country’s energy situation on France Télévisions, which undertook on Friday September 23 to make the French aware of the actions to take to avoid power cuts this winter, notably broadcasting Ecowatt, the electricity weather, in their antennae.

The president of the public audiovisual group, Delphine Ernotte, and her counterpart from RTE (Electric Transport Network), manager of high and very high voltage lines, Xavier Piechaczyk, signed this Friday an “unprecedented association” in this regard.

France Télé will thus exhibit on its antennas, when the time comes, pictograms designed as part of the Ecowatt system, which allows users to see in real time the level of electricity available in the country thanks to a signal in three colors: green (normal), orange (tense) and red (very tense, synonymous with inevitable cuts if nothing is done to reduce consumption).

Specifically, viewers will be invited to change their habits according to the pictogram on the screen, with red pushing them to moderate their consumption at peak times, between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. and between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. If it is not necessary to turn off the television, which does not consume much energy, “you can, for example, start the washing machine at 10 p.m. instead of at 7 p.m.”, explains Delphine Ernotte to theAFP. You can also postpone the cooking of your “zucchini gratin” from 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Xavier Piechaczyk abounds, remembering that heating and cooking consume a lot of energy.

So many gestures that the public of France TV will be made aware of, that is, “4 out of 5 French people every week”, in particular during news programs or “weather and climate” bulletins, according to Delphine Ernotte, who calls for a public service mission.

It is not about “putting France on hold”, just to “be careful when necessary”, insists Xavier Piechaczyk, who hopes to “save at least 5% of electricity in the afternoon at 7 pm”. For France TV, this initiative is part of broader “environmental change” to respond to the “climate emergency”in particular with the creation of a “climate team” among journalists or the “regular relocation” of France 2’s 13H to places hit by the crisis…

The group also undertakes to respect various internal energy sobriety measures, such as turning off the lights in all its buildings after 9:30 p.m., and to work with production companies that meet certain criteria, especially in terms of carbon footprint.

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