The report was released last Wednesday and so far we have focused mainly on the main lines. RTE recommends a reduction in consumption of 1 to 5% to limit the risk of shortages and, therefore, of targeted cuts. RTE also communicates on its EcoWatt device, which allows everyone to see “electric weather” forecasts. And it is the gestures made during the so-called red days that can surprise.
Obviously, the first actions to save electricity will be carried out in voluntary companies. It is a device that has been used very well for years. RTE asks these companies, which consume a lot of electricity, to stop or reduce production to recover the margin between production and consumption. RTE guarantees the risk of “total blackout”, but does not exclude, in case of severe winter, the temporary and localized load shedding.
In its report, RTE explains that the risks are from 8 am to 1 pm and from 6 pm to 8 pm. And so in the recommended measures, we have: “The use of electric vehicle terminals in the parking lots of tertiary buildings may be restricted to emergency use between 8 am and 1 pm and between 6 pm and 8 pm.”. And to clarify the thought frankly stating to make them completely inoperative on their beaches, except in “force” mode for emergencies.
Electric vehicle charging stations must not be used between 8 am and 1 pm and between 6 pm and 8 pm.
Yes, RTE calls for public terminals to be unusable during hazardous hours. And argue that anyway, the EVs will have charged before…”Given the 3 days notice provided
for Ecowatt days, needs should be limited (vehicles can be recharged overnight).” to permanently charge their EVs, which they probably wouldn’t do if they weren’t threatened with “cutting the juice”. .
More potential savings when scaling office heating
This measure is among the last on the list for RTE, but it exists. Others are more energy efficient and less costly. For example, there is the fact of anticipating the heating of the offices. It may seem counter-intuitive, but heating before 8am smooths out peak demand and uses a range where electricity is still “plentiful”. On the other hand, we stopped heating in the early evening, taking advantage of the thermal inertia of the facilities.
There are certainly no “small gestures”, but cutting the terminals during the beaches 8am-1pm and 6pm-8pm could play, according to RTE, by 0.1 GW each time. Changing the heating of buildings would be 1GW in the morning and 0.6GW at night… Disabling public electrical terminals would potentially save as much as turning off non-essential displays and lighting (light advertising in a nutshell).
What response from terminal operators?
It remains to be seen how the terminal operators will respond to this RTE request. Some terminals have buffer systems that allow electricity to be stored to avoid grid spikes. Others do not have this and may face restrictions imposed by the RTE and the government. EcoWatt and its consumption predictions will undoubtedly become a reflection for many of us this winter.
For EV owners who charge at home, RTE recommends postponing charging after 8pm. It’s very easy with controllable wallboxes, but also with cars whose loading can be programmed directly. Also, this recommendation is a bit superfluous as almost all EV owners are already shifting their load to benefit from the more interesting off-peak tariff.
Our opinion, by leblogauto.com
For the average person who has an EV, this will change absolutely nothing. Daily travel will still be possible. On the downside, it can take even more anticipation for anyone looking to take their EV on long journeys and recharge along the way. “Oh, sorry, it’s only 9 am and you’ll have to wait until 1 pm to recharge”… For those, the only option left is to carry a gasoline or diesel generator in the trunk.
On the other hand, this can be counterproductive with EV owners permanently connected at the slightest opportunity, “just in case”.
RTE report in full.