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RTE publishes the 2011 Generation Adequacy Report

Source: RTE - DICAP 31/08/2011

This sixth edition of the French generation adequacy forecast report has been established under the aegis of the public authorities and following consultations of stakeholders.

With this independent report, RTE aims to serve transparency in the market and to support decision making by investors and policy makers. The report is also available on the RTE extranet.

The key finding is that security of supply in continental France should be assured through 2015. Beyond the end of the derogations to the Large Combustion Plants Directive, several coal-fired and oil-fired units not compatible with the Industrial Emissions Directive are considered unavailable. The capacity required to keep the shortfall risk at a socially and economically acceptable level in 2016 is 2.7 GW. This finding must be considered in the light of the contributions expected from the future capacity obligation mechanism included in the 2010 NOME Act dated 7 December 2010.

At the request of the Energy Minister, RTE has also included a variant in which nuclear power capacity declines by 2030. The ?Lower Nuclear? variant is assuming a significant contraction in France's nuclear power capacity, a stronger demand-side management, a faster expansion of the renewable generation fleet, a substantial strengthening of cross-border exchange capacity and 10 GW of additional peak generation or load-shifting capacity, required to keep the supply-demand balance at an adequate level.

> Consult the 2011 Generation Adequacy Report