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Electricity consumption in France 2019-2020

French electricity consumption decreased by 15 percent compared to the usual consumption in March, according to the source. RTE explains this drop with the containment measures introduced by the French government to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

A drastic slowdown of the economy

The decline of economic activities such as the accomodation market, and thus of the electricity consumption would mainly be due to those new measures.
In the light of the pandemic evolution, French people are more and more worried at the idea of visiting certains locations or practicing certain activities. This fear translates into a decrease of physic retailers frequentation for the benefit of the online market.

The impact of COVID-19 is reflected in electricity consumption

A proof of this overall decline can be observed through the French electricity consumption between February and April 2019 and 2020. On March 18th of 2020, France consumed about 51,400 megawatts. A consumption clearly lower than the previous year at the same date. In 2019, France's electricity consumption amounted to 64,700 MW.
For further information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in France, please visit our dedicated Facts and Figures page.

Volume of electricity consumption in France between the 5th of February 2019 and the 1st of April 2020*

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

February 5, 2019 to April 1, 2020

Supplementary notes

Figures from January 1st 2019 to Janurary 29th 2020 are consolidated. More recent data is taken in real time.
* Volume of daily consumption at 11pm. ​

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