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From 28 July to 16 September 2022, RTE is opening the annual consultation for manual frequency restoration and replacement reserves 2023.

This release presents the terms for participation in the call for tenders for the contracting of 750 MW of capacity that can be activated on the balancing mechanism for the period from 1 January to 31 December 2023.

Following a phase of discussions and public consultation on the terms and conditions for the call for tenders 2023 conducted end of 2021 and beginning of 2022, RTE submitted a draft text for approval of the CRE on 9 June 2022. These terms were approved by the CRE in the deliberation of 21 July 2022.

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 volume contracted with the annual tender has been decreased (1000 MW in 2022) in order to contract more volume with the daily tender (see below). The suspension mechanism for the defaulting capacities has also been reviewed in order to deal with cases of isolated errors. The bonus for bid classifications for products with a minimum usage period of less than or equal to 15 minutes is NOT maintained for the year 2023.

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 2023, 750 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 16 September 2022.

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 2021 year.


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

July 28, 2022