Rueil-Malmaison (France), February 14, 2012 – With record power and gas consumption, tight supply in a number of French regions and all-time high tariffs per megawatt-hour on EPEX Spot¹, the cold snap gripping Europe has underscored the unsettled energy environment in France and Europe.
The already complicated energy supply and demand situation is made more complex by the many questions concerning the underlying structure of the French energy landscape. Until now relatively low, France’s electricity tariffs are forecast to soar by an overall 65% in 2016², with ever more complex pricing structures being introduced.
“France’s power grid is one of the best in the world. However, the energy, environmental and regulatory changes confronting it are increasingly critical,” stated Frédéric Abbal, President of Schneider Electric France. “Now is the time to develop integrated energy strategies to meet these challenges, strategies that will maintain energy’s role a genuine competitive advantage for French industry.”
Against this backdrop, companies, which are on the front line, must get together to more effectively rise to the challenge and manage their energy. This requires a shared energy roadmap for each industrial, to prepare for market deregulation. The roadmap will provide the appropriate tools to cope with the inevitable hike in tariffs.
“Schneider Electric offers customers an integrated support process combining advice, technologies and project management. This approach allows stepping in each stage of energy management,” commented Pierre Tabary, Senior Vice President Energy Management Services (EMS) at Schneider Electric France. “Although the recent cold snap has given added impetus to promoting demand response, especially through the close to 600 MW made available to the grid by Energy Pool, Schneider Electric is taking it a step further by proposing the Energy Roadmap 2015 programme.”
Thanks to recent strategic acquisitions and partnerships (Summit Energy, Energy Pool, Vizelia) now combined under the Energy Management Services (EMS) business, Schneider Electric offers an array of energy management services, encompassing definition of energy objectives and strategy, energy procurement policy, demand response and energy efficiency advice and solutions, including continuous measurement and improvement, with or without performance guarantees.
On January 26, 2012, Schneider Electric presented its EMS offer during the conference “How to Prepare for Higher Energy Costs?” at the InterContinental Hotel in Paris, reflecting its commitment to educating industry about the energy challenges of the future, starting today. More than 72 representatives of companies and institutions attended.
¹ EPEX Spot SE operates the power spot markets for France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Day Ahead and Intraday). Together these countries account for more than one-third of European electricity consumption. EPEX Spot is a Paris-based company under European law (Societas Europaea) with a branch in Leipzig. 314 TWh were traded on the EPEX SPOT power markets in 2011.
² Direct consequence of scheduled deregulation in 2015 – Schneider Electric France estimate.
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine manufacturers, Non-residential buildings, Data centers & Networks, and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of 20 billion euros in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.