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From 23 July to 09 September 2021, RTE is opening the annual consultation for manual frequency restoration and replacement reserves 2022.

This release presents the terms for participation in the call for tenders for the contracting of 1000 MW of capacity that can be activated on the balancing mechanism for the period from 1 January to 31 December 2022.

Following a phase of discussions and public consultation on the terms and conditions for the call for tenders 2022 conducted in the first half of 2021, RTE submitted a draft text for approval of the CRE on 26 May 2021. These terms were approved by the CRE in the deliberation of 8 July 2021.

To participate in the consultation, candidates need to sign or have a valid an agreement to participate in the rules on manual frequency restoration and replacement reserves.

Compared to last year, the calculation of the penalties that can occur in case of an activation on the balancing mechanism has evolved in order to avoid the incorrect calculations due to the convention of repartition of volumes into 5 minutes steps on the French balancing mechanism.

The bonus for bid classifications for products with a minimum usage period of less than or equal to 15 minutes is maintained for the year 2022.

Finally, in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2019/943 of 5 June 2019 on the internal market for electricity, since 2021 RTE contracts part of its need through a daily call for tender. RTE is therefore announcing that in 2022, 500 MW of its need will be covered by a daily call for tenders.

Timeline of the consultation

The contract will be awarded through an open call for tenders.

In addition to the conditions specified in the rules and in the consultation regulation, and in particular the need for physical balancing capacities in mainland France, the tenderer is a signatory or undertakes to sign the participation agreements in manual frequency restoration and replacement reserves, giving it balancing service provider status by 09 September 2021.

Consultation file

The consultation file includes the following elements:

  • Rules relating to manual frequency restoration and replacement reserves
  • Tender regulation
  • Annexes relating to the setup of an observability system

In addition, RTE publishes a reference document on its website specifying the procedures for selecting mFRR/RR bids and data on activations of Balancing Entities committed to mFRR/RR for the 2020 year.


For any queries, please contact (RTE Purchasing Division) and (RTE Sales Division).


July 23, 2021