NegaWatt Power Association , Is a French advocacy group. It was founded in 2001 to promote the NegaWatt concept and its application to French society. The association seeks to reduce the use and consumption of fossil fuels and nuclear power . [1] [2] Its approach is based on energy conservation , energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies . It published a scenario that details a path to phasing out these energy sources.

The association unites energy specialists in France, relying mostly on volunteer engineers. Other specialists include volunteer sociologists , economists and urban planners , who work together to create energy transition scenarios and to suggest the corresponding political steps that would need to be taken.

Association NegaWatt inspired local initiatives in transition towns called „Virage-Energy,“ meaning „energy bend.“ [3] [4] [5] [6]

Negawatt scenario

The NégaWatt scenario spans from 2012 to 2050. The scenario starts by Assessing energy needs in terms of heat , mobility and specific electricity, and Suggests a transition path. It then couples the NegaWatt and the After res 2050 scenarios. The after res association targets farming energy use and can evaluate biomass production, providing the NégaWatt scenario with realistic biomass figures. [7]

An English version of the script is available. [8]

The scenario uses the power of gas to compensate for the intermittent nature of most renewable energies. A computer simulation concluded that the problem of electric grid equilibrium could be addressed with a time step of no more than one hour. The scenario that already-proven technologies are available to effect the transition.

Other countries

A Swiss NegaWatt organization was founded in 2014, on the basis of the French one. [9]

See also

  • Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Transition town

External links

  • Official website (in French)
  • Swiss negaWatt organization (in German and French)


  1. Jump up^ Le Figaro, September 29, 2011,Nuclear phase-outLe Figaro
  2. Jump up^ Les Echos, 29 September 2009 -A French organization thinks it’s possible to phase out nuclear energyLes Echos
  3. Jump up^ Toning-energy Nord-Pas-de-Calais
  4. Jump up^ Turn Energy Climate Pays de la Loire
  5. Jump up^ Virage-énergie Île-de-France
  6. Jump up^ Toning Aquitaine
  7. Jump up^ Energy Transitionwebsite of the French ministry of environment
  8. Jump up^ negaWatt scenario en français
  9. Jump up^ Swiss organization(in French and German)