New regulation could open up French power market

A slow response to the EU’s liberalisation directive has left the French power market lagging behind some European markets in terms of liquidity, but recent regulatory proposals are set to open up the market and may spell the end of regulated tariffs. Katie Holliday reports


Producing around 572 terawatt hours of power per year, France is the second largest generator of electricity in Europe after Germany, yet its traded power market – both over-the-counter and on exchange – is one of the most illiquid.

In 2009, 1,018,189 megawatt hours (MWh) of power was exchange-traded on France’s intra-day market compared to 5,622,044 MWh of power exchange-traded on the intra-day markets in Germany, according to data from the European Power Exchange (EPEX Spot).

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