International Frequency Containment Reserve (FCR) cooperation: France joining the coupled markets of Austria, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands


50Hertz, Amprion, APG, Elia, RTE, Swissgrid, TenneT, TransnetBW announce the succesful first common cross border frequency containment reserve (FCR) auction with RTE held on the 10th of January 2017 for the delivery period of the third week of 2017. The common cross border weekly FCR auctions now include participation of the Austrian, Belgian, Dutch, German, French and Swiss balancing service providers.

Elia anticipates possible activation of strategic reserves next week


Elia is preparing for a tense week on the European energy market. The cold snap expected to hit Belgium and France is likely to mean high consumption peaks, especially in France. Combined with import needs in Belgium, this could lead to a tense market situation in the Central West Europe area. Elia is monitoring developments closely but anticipates that the strategic reserves may need to be activated. A possible activation is intended to safeguard security of supply.

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