(Montel) French TSO RTE has launched a consultation on new capacity mechanism rules that will introduce participation of cross-border interconnections and foreign power plants in the scheme from 1 January 2019.
The document under consultation transposes all provisions laid down in the European Commission's approval of the French capacity market and therefore ensures the compliance of the mechanism with the internal electricity market, RTE said.
France introduced a capacity market in 2016 to cope with its rising winter peak power consumption. The system requires electricity producers to certify all their production units would be available during periods of strong demand.
At the time of its design, the rules of the scheme anticipated the participation, as of 2019, of power plants in neighbouring countries through interconnections.
This is the first example in Europe of implementing explicit cross-border participation covering both interconnections and cross-border production capacity, according to the TSO.