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From 2 to 23 November 2020, RTE will be opening the consultation to contract the missing volumes of manual frequency restoration and replacement reserve between 1 January and 31 May 2021.

This release presents the terms for participation in the call for tenders for the additional contracting of 500 MW of capacity that can be activated on the balancing mechanism for the period from 1 January to 31 May 2021.

Furthermore, in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2019/943 of 5 June 2019 on the internal market for electricity, from 2021 RTE must contract part of its need through a daily call for tender. RTE has therefore proposed that from 1 January 2021, 500 MW of its need will be covered by a daily call for tenders.

The implementation of this daily tender was postponed to 1 June 2021 due to the health crisis which has led to delays in the developments necessary for the implementation of a daily contract.

In accordance with the mFRR-RR terms and conditions approved by the CRE through the deliberation of 18 June 2020, RTE will cover the missing need through an additional 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 terms and conditions and in the consultation regulation, and in particular the need for physical balancing capacities in mainland France, the tenderer is already a balancing service provider and is a signatory to or undertakes to sign the participation agreement in manual frequency restoration and replacement reserves by 23 November 2020.

For more information, go to the dedicated page on RTE’s website.

Consultation file

The consultation file includes the following elements:

  • Manual frequency restoration and replacement reserve terms and conditions
  • Tender regulation of the additional call for tenders
  • Annexes relating to the set up of an observability system


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


November 02, 2020