+ Do you have any questions about the implementation of the provisions of the law? RTE has set up an FAQ page for you.
The main principles
On days the Supply-Demand Balance comes under strain, the law gives RTE additional levers to guarantee security of supply by maximising the capacities offered, particularly on the balancing mechanism, in order to minimise the resort to load shedding.
The time slots concerned are the time slots indicated as red on the site or “My Ecowatt” application and in the Ecowatt API, corresponding to the time slots where resorting to load shedding will be necessary if all other levers of action are not sufficient.
The risk period has been identified up until 15 April 2023.
The colour of the forecast day will be communicated on D-3 and confirmed at 5pm on D-1 to provide maximum visibility and allow the settlement of capacities on the market.
The Emergency Measures for the Protection of Purchasing Power Law No. 2022-1158 enacted on August 16, 2022 introduced into the French Energy Code articles L321-17-1 and L321-17-2.
The implementing legislation (decree and order) are being finalised: .
- The decree and the order are passed at the CSE (French higher energy council) on 20 October 2022 and at the CSPRT (higher council for the prevention of technological risks) on 27 October 2022.
- They are subject to public consultation until 15 November 2022: Draft decree and order relating to emergency measures defined pursuant to Articles L. 321-17-1 and L. 321-17-2 of the French Energy Code - Public consultations (developpement-durable.gouv.fr)
Meanwhile, in order to answer the many questions from market players on the subject, RTE has set up an FAQ. It is has been drawn up based on the questions asked and is updated regularly.
RTE also provides you with an educational document on the implementation of Article L. 321-17-2 concerning the provision of backup power generators on the balancing mechanism.