Electricity Load Reductions

On 15 April 2013, French Law No.2013-312 (known as the "Loi Brottes") concerning the preparation of the transition towards an economical energy system also involving a range of provisions for water pricing and wind power was signed by the French President.

This Law specifically introduces into the French Energy Code new articles concerning the selling of demand reduction in energy markets and in the Balancing Mechanism, and subjects the implementation of these principles to rules to be established by a decree of the Conseil d’Etat. It aims for the prior implementation of the use of demand reduction in the form of an experimental process to be conducted by RTE after authorisation by the French Regulatory Commission for Energy (CRE).

The terms of this experimental process were authorised by the CRE on 28 November in accordance with Article 14 of the Loi Brottes, with a view to its initiation on 18 December 2013.

Approval by the CRE

The deliberation of the CRE meeting on 28 November 2013 leading to the approval of the experimental regulations for selling Demand Response in the energy markets.

The NEBEF Experimental Rules for Distribution System Operators

The NEBEF Experimental Rules enable any consumer in mainland France to use its electricity demand reductions on the energy markets, either directly by itself becoming a Demand Side Management Operator (DSMO), or indirectly through a third party that is a DSMO. However, as a transitory arrangement, only those consumers connected to Distribution System Operators applying a generalised flow adjustment system (i.e. generalised profiling) can participate at the present stage of the mechanism.

In the NEBEF context, System Operators are responsible for ensuring the management of the Demand Response Perimeters of the DSMOperators for consumers connected to their grid and to transmit the load curves concerned to RTE. The precise conditions for these procedures (criteria, deadlines, responsibilities, remuneration, etc.) are specified in the NEBEF rules approved by the CRE. Finally, by virtue of the responsibilities that are entrusted to them by these rules, Distribution System Operators may not assume the role of DSMOperators.

The NEBEF IT Rules

The NEBEF IT Rules are those concerning access to the information systems as established in order to allow for the selling of the activated Demand Response in the energy markets.

They are made of two different documents: the first concerns access to the RTE information system, while the second concerns access to the information system of the Distribution System Operators.

The quick operational guide

This scheme enables the DSMOperators, Balance Responsible Entities, suppliers and Distribution System Operators concerned to discover in a summarised format the various contractual stages allowing for the implementation of electricity load reduction procedures.