to watch the final is to save energy

Baptiste Morin, edited by Alexandre Dalifard
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7:53 a.m., December 18, 2022

On Wednesday, nearly one in three French people was in front of their television to see the Blues beat Morocco. This Sunday, a large part of the French will watch the final. But is it really reasonable when efforts are required in terms of electricity consumption? The answer is yes. It is even synonymous with saving energy.

On Wednesday, during France-Morocco, the electricity network manager RTE observed a drop in electricity consumption. And that should be the case again this Sunday afternoon in the 2022 World Cup final between the Blues and the Argentines. “When we watch the match, we no longer use other electrical appliances, explains Frédéric Charlet, director of the operations department at RTE. We no longer turn on the lights in other rooms, we don’t open the fridge, we don’t use the kettle to make tea…”

A final victory would be even more virtuous

At halftime, consumption logically started to rise again, around 500 megawatts, the equivalent of the city of Bordeaux. The same phenomenon was observed at the end of the match. And this Sunday, a French victory could save a little more energy because the scenes of popular jubilation in the streets will be as many megawatts saved at home. “This is what we saw in 2018. After the final, electricity consumption did not increase as usual because the French went out to celebrate the final in the streets”, says Frédéric Charlet.

So no reason to feel guilty. And anyway, RTE will closely monitor the situation, just in case.