• France imports large volumes of electricity to cope with cold snap

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

France has been forced to import large amounts of electricity from its neighbours, as the unusually cold weather in Europe increased demand for heating. France is the most electricity reliant country in Europe in terms of heating, with around a third of homes heated with electric radiators, and as Reuters reports, each extra degree the temperature drops, electricity demand increases by 2,400 MW. Last week, France was expecting to import 3,500 MW from Germany and Belgium, 2,300 MW from Spain and 1,500 MW from Switzerland, taking up around 7,000 MW of the estimated 9,500 MW available for purchase.