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Storage regulation: it’s in the works!

The draft legislation ‘bringing an end to the search for and processing of conventional and non-conventional hydrocarbon fuels and resulting in several provisions regarding the environment’, presented in early September by the French government, must allow for the re-launch of natural gas storage in France. An initial attempt to bring about reform through an order …

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The French capacity mechanism is on track to get the better of European rules

Up until this point, France has not been particularly noted for its punctuality in transposing the European Directives relating to the energy sector. In fact, it was only in 10 February 2000, that being more than a year late, that the Directive of 19 December 1996 concerning common rules for the internal electricity market was …

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Gas Storage: What’s the state of play?

Among the work left unfinished by the previous government, reforming third-party access to natural gas storage (ATS) features prominently. Indeed, significant preparation and consultation work had been put forth by all parties involved (the ministry, the CRE [Energy Regulatory Commission], suppliers, etc.) as a consequence of the French Energy Transition for Green Growth Law (LTECV) …

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When power capacity markets cross borderlines

Starting last December, a capacity market has been introduced in France. This compensation of generation capacities by peak period consumers, planned since 2010 by the NOME [New Organisation of the Market for Electricity] law, was granted by Europe on the express condition that cross-border players could participate. Article 4.3 of the directive on security of …

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This winter, we touched the limits of the French electricity system.

I would like to start this article by quoting F. Brottes, chairman of the French Transport System Operator (RTE), referring to Wednesday 25 January this year: “Our company had never before (…) experienced such a tense situation, at the limits of the supply-demand balance, because we had never had such shortfall in production (…) We …

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