Gas, electricity, European solidarity… Emmanuel Macron convenes an Energy Defense Council – Le Figaro

By Le Figaro Posted 2 hours ago, Updated 1 hour ago Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée. LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP The “main competent ministers” go to the Elysée at 10 a.m. to take stock of the supply of gas and electricity. Emmanuel Macron definitely appreciates the Defense Councils: ecological, health and now energy. At 10 a.m., “the competent ministers” will gather around him at the Élysée. Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne, Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal and Ministers responsible for Energy Transition Christophe Béchu and Agnès Pannier-Runacher, as well as experts are expected. really circumventing Parliament? According to the Elysée, this Defense Council “aims to take stock of the situation of our gas and electricity supply to prepare for all possible scenarios this fall and winter. He will also look at “European energy solidarity”, as wholesale electricity prices for 2023 in Germany and France broke new records on Friday at 850 euros and more than 1,000 euros per megawatt hour (MWh) respectively. Several scenarios should be discussed with the Head of State. According to Le Point, France fears certain tensions with Germany, which would demand French gas in exchange for its electricity. An unstable geopolitical context Indeed, gas flows from Russia have dried up. The Europeans are preparing for a possible total shutdown, in retaliation for the sanctions imposed on Moscow since the invasion of Ukraine on February 24. The giant Gazprom thus announced this week the end of its deliveries to Engie. The situation is also tense on the electricity side, due to the unavailability of part of the nuclear fleet, in particular for corrosion problems. Elisabeth Borne thus put pressure on EDF by asking it Thursday to keep its reactor maintenance schedule to avoid France having to restart a coal-fired power plant. Read also Energy crisis: “Putin’s fault, really? “We have been preparing for months to avoid cuts. If we lower our gas consumption by 10% there will be no restrictions. It is attainable, ”added the Prime Minister on France Inter. “If we don’t make these savings, if the winter is cold, there may be restrictions but they will not concern households”, she added, specifying that she would present “at the end of September-beginning of October ” the scenarios envisaged. 9% of supply in France. She specified on LCI that “the 100% filling of our gas stocks” will be effective “before November 1, date fixed by the government”. With Le Figaro, the expert in energy policy Fabien Bouglé, alerted: “If Emmanuel Macron begins with this Defense Council a real French-style ”energy disruption” instead of getting stuck in the model of our German neighbors who is a resounding failure, so yes, this summit meeting will make sense. But it is to be feared that in the end it will only lead to measuring sticks in a logic of political communication. a “bypass of Parliament” with the use of the Defense Council. Marine Le Pen estimated that “the President of the Republic bypasses Parliament to manage the crisis with an Energy Defense Council” in a letter addressed to Elisabeth Borne. “Don’t see it as a secret enclosure, it’s really collegial, collective work,” replied government spokesman Olivier Véran.