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The Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region excels in the production of green electricity

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Thanks to favourable weather conditions and an increase in solar and wind plants, the production of electricity from renewable sources is in progress in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region. According to a 2018 report made by “le Réseau de transport d’électricité” (RTE), on average, renewable electricity covered 45% of regional consumption. In fact, the electricity produced in the region is getting greener by the day!

 

The regional production is already above the national average

As mentioned above, in 2018, the renewable electricity produced in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes covered 45% of the region’s consumption. This figure is significantly higher than the one registered in 2017 (35%), and well above the national average where renewable electricity represents 23% of consumption. According to RTE, these results can be explained by a rise in renewable electricity generated by very favourable climatic conditions and a continued growth of wind and solar farms. Regarding hydro-electric power production, it has risen by an astounding 27.3% in comparison with 2017, while solar and wind power productions are up 16.2% and 6.4% respectively. The renewable sector now represents 48% of the installed power plants, which makes Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes the region that produces the most electricity from renewable sources. 

 

Auvergne Rhône-Alpes is the French champion of energetic transition

Here is an impressive figure to begin with: in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, regional production of renewable, nuclear and fossil energy combined covers 171% of consumption! In annual average, the electricity production in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes covers 1.6 times its consumption. Surplus production goes to other regions thanks to the electricity transmission network ensuring energy solidarity between the regions. Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is thus the leader of the regions producing renewable energy, but it also tops the regions with the lowest CO2 emissions. In addition, fossil fuels are down by 29% compared to 2017.

In regards to power consumption, professionals and individuals accounted for 42% of electricity needs in 2018. A figure slightly up, while small and medium business (PME and PMI) account for 38% of consumption, and the industry for 20%. As it has been made clear by the large surplus in power production in the region, the risks of scarcity are very low as the regional consumption is fully covered by excess production. In annual average, the electricity production in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes covers 1.6 times its consumption. Surplus production goes to other regions thanks to the electricity transmission network ensuring energy solidarity the regions. 

 

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