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OTHER NEWS 25 Jun 2019

Pöyry makes recommendations to remove barriers to wind energy participation in French reserve markets

Although wind generation does not provide energy to French reserve markets today, this may need to change as the pool of available resources continues to evolve.

Given most wind turbines already have the technical capability required to provide these services, what are the barriers to wind energy participation?

That is the question that the French Wind Energy Association (FEE) asked Pöyry to answer.

Pöyry’s research found that the primary constraint is connected to the market and regulatory framework. As a result, any possibility of further technical development is hampered, and wind turbine manufacturers are not encouraged to invest in potentially enhancing capabilities. Therefore, modifying product characteristics and procurement is essential to reduce these barriers, along with improving interactions with renewable support when providing reserve energy.

Our key recommendations to the FEE include:

  • allowing separate upward and downward reserve products (asymmetry);
  • making procurement as close to real time as possible;
  • shortening duration commitment; and
  • exploring a better interaction with renewable support when participating in reserve markets.

Take a closer look at the key messages  Pöyry delivered to the French Wind Energy Association (FEE):

If you would like any further information, please contact one of the authors:

Matthieu Mollard
Principal

Gareth Davies
Director

Simon Bradbury
Principal