“It’s not enough,” lamented Xavier Piechaczyk, president of the board of directors of the electrical network operator RTE, at the microphone of franceinfo this December 1st. The EcoWatt app, however, has 300,000 downloads.
This Friday it topped the ranking of the Play Store and the App Store of free applications in France.
It can be used to warn of power outages of the previous day, remind ecogestos and monitor national electricity consumption in real time.
It is also possible to receive SMS alerts through the site. At the moment, 470,000 people are subscribed to this feature. Otherwise, the status of the network will be available the day before at 5:00 p.m. on the Enedis website. “We can enter our address and find out if we live in a neighborhood likely to be downloaded” [c’est-à-dire concerné par une coupure de courant, ndlr]says Xavier Piechaczyk in franceinfo.
cuts this winter
The site and the application work according to a color system to estimate electricity consumption nationwide. Green for a so-called reasonable consumption level, orange for a high consumption level, and red for abnormally high consumption, with risk of power outage. The app offers users to be notified 3 days in advance if an orange or red signal is reported.
The Government has been insisting in recent days that these cuts will not exceed two hours a day between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. “Until the last second, if all the French make ecological gestures, there will be no cuts”, according to Xavier Piechaczyk. The cuts may affect “up to a few million French”.
Source: BFM TV