“Let’s get ready for a total cut in Russian gas, this is the most likely option today. This presupposes that our energy independence will accelerate ”, invoked the number 2 of the French government during the Economic Meetings in Aix-en-Provence, who wants to take advantage of the summer to“ get in battle order ”before winter. “We are proudly independent. The first independence must be energy “, he hammered in Aix.

In terms of supply, “we could have gas tensions this winter,” premier Élisabeth Borne warned during a press meeting on Saturday. To avoid shortages, the government has called for national gas storage capacities to be “almost 100% filled” by early autumn.

“On electricity, normally, according to EDF’s projections, we should have higher production as the twelve reactors (out of 56) currently closed due to corrosion will be restarted,” Borne said on Saturday.

But in the event of a power outage, the government is preparing for the winter a series of measures aimed at prioritizing households and some industries.

Distribute the effort

Thus, some industrial sites could be asked to “slow down energy consumption, or even stop energy consumption for a certain time”, explained Le Maire, stating that for some sites “it is completely impossible” not to “break the industrial tool “.

Faced with the risk of Vladimir Poutine cutting off the gas tap in Europe, “a credible option”, said Bruno Le Maire in an interview with LCI on the sidelines of the Aix meetings, we must “anticipate the consequences”. France, which claims to be in a more “favorable” situation than its neighbors, will in particular have to acquire a new floating LNG terminal next year to ensure supply.

“We need to distribute the efforts between administrations, individuals and companies”, explained Bruno Le Maire.

The government has also launched three working groups to improve energy sobriety in administration, businesses and businesses open to the public. The goal is to define a roadmap to reduce energy consumption by 10% within two years compared to 2019.

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