Prises de position

UFE answer to the consultation on the first edition of the bidding zone review

UFE welcomes this opportunity to comment on a key dimension of the design of European electricity markets. UFE acknowledges the difficulty of performing a task such as the bidding zone review. Not only the assessment is intrinsically complex, but this first edition has to be carried out in a context of ongoing major changes on key aspects such as capacity calculation or redispatching and countertrading methodologies.

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Nous, associations représentant le secteur électrique de 8 pays européens avec des mix énergétiques différents, sommes pleinement engagés pour faire de la transition énergétique en Europe une réalité.
Nous saluons le Paquet « Une énergie propre pour tous les Européens », qui vise notamment à mettre en place l’organisation du marché de l’électricité nécessaire pour atteindre les objectifs de décarbonation de l’Union européenne. Garantir la sécurité d’approvisionnement de la façon la plus efficace et à moindre coût est essentiel au succès de la transition énergétique, et ne peut donc être remis en cause.

Position de l’UFE sur les enchères régionales complémentaires au couplage unique infrajournalier

Alors que le lancement effectif de la plateforme XBID, qui doit permettre la mise en œuvre du modèle cible européen en matière d’intégration des marchés infrajournaliers, est prévu au premier trimestre 2018, l’UFE s’inquiète d’un certain nombre d’initiatives en cours visant à instaurer des enchères régionales complémentaires.

Position Paper - Details of the planned Capacity Reserve in Germany

The Union of the French Electricity industry (UFE) welcomes the opportunity provided by the European Commission for stakeholders to comment on the State Aid procedure SA.45852. With this procedure, the Commission provides valuable public information about the details of the planned Capacity Reserve in Germany. As the evolutions of the market and regulatory framework in Germany is of particular importance to French stakeholders, UFE would like to express the following comments

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Consultation of the European Commission on a framework for energy and climate policies for 2030

The French union of Electricity very much welcomes the initiative of the European Commission, to launch a public consultation on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies.

The UFE underlines the importance of such an approach, at a time when the energy sector is facing a very hard and challenging situation, threatening the competitiveness of its utilities, and on the long term, the security of electricity supply of the European Union.
Therefore, in the opinion of the UFE, a new framework for 2030 should be the opportunity to consolidate, and re-balance the European energy and climate policies, by putting at the core of the economy decarbonation scheme, two major issues : on one hand, ensure the security of electricity supply, and on the other hand, realize the necessary investments, within sustainable economic conditions, which cannot be achieved by the electricity sector today.

To meet those challenges, and design a consistent and effective 2030 framework for European energy and climate policies, the UFE has set 22 Key priorities (...)

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Ongoing ambitious energy transitions in most of European Member States are questioning the current electricity market design. UFE welcomes this consultation on “a new Energy Market Design” as an opportunity to lead the way into a secure, affordable and climate-friendly electricity in a forward-looking and global approach.

Declaration of several French actors in favor of the capacity mechanism

The European market must provide all consumers with a competitive, safe and sustainable electricity supply. Yet, although the energy market is clearly demonstrating its efficiency in the short term by revealing the value of energy on an hourly basis, it is not offering market players the transparency or the incentives they need to maintain required capacities and invest in new assets or demand management solutions, to guarantee the security of supply sought by France and other Member States.
The security of supply for French and, ultimately, European consumers is, therefore, at risk.

This is why the signatories of this Declaration are convinced of the need for a capacity mechanism to complement the energy market in their support for potential improvements to its operation.

Our request... A capacity mechanism to complement the energy market

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2030 ENERGY-CLIMATE PACKAGE : « 2030 package : A pragmatic shift in focus for Energy & Climate policies »

The most important lesson learned from the 2020 package is that if the EU wants an effective energy and climate policy, it has to be comprehensive and not simply tied to sustainability. Means of achieving economic sustainability in terms of competitiveness and security of supply must also be taken into account. Following the conclusions of the European Cuncil on the 2030 Climate and Energy Framework in October 2014, the High Level Conference discussed whether or not this new framework can achieve these objectives.

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Response from the UFE : Consultation of the European Commission on state aid for energy and environment

UFE welcomes the initiative of the European Commission, to launch a public consultation on State Aids for energy and environment for the period 2014-2020. UFE also acknowledges the effort made to simplify and clarify the document published on the 18th of December, compared to the versions previously submitted for consultation.
For UFE, the new regulation should promote the development of efficient tools to implement energy and environment policies, and in the frame of a low carbon strategy, rolled out through a single CO2 target.

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the ETS System requires optimization to guarantee (...)

The Union Française de l’Electricité (UFE) reiterates its support for the ETS mechanism, which still represents the most suitable solution for successfully making the transition to a low carbon economy for Europe.

Electricity industry professionals, however, are concerned about current CO2 price levels on the European market, which are failing to send adequate price signals to stimulate industrial investments in low carbon technologies.

This situation merits an urgent response, which should take the form of a change to the existing architecture of the ETS mechanism, in line with ambitious long term targets for reducing CO2 emissions.

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Position on generation adequacy, capacity mechanisms and the internal market in electricity

The February 2011 European Council declared the need to complete the EU internal energy market by 2014. Therefore, the integration of the electricity and gas markets remains a top priority on the EU agenda. Following its communication “Making the internal energy market work” of 15 November 2012 [COM(2012) 663 final], the European Commission carried out an open consultation aimed at assessing how best to enhance generation adequacy and promote energy market integration at EU level. The UFE submitted its own response on 7 February 2013 and is looking forward to receiving the European Commission’s feedback on the stakeholders’ contributions. Our Association expects this exercise to provide further elements to adopt measures enhancing security of supply, one of the three key objectives of EU energy policy (...)

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Technologies subject to feed in tariffs analysis of the support scheme

The objective of this memorandum is to assess the support scheme currently afforded in France to certain technologies (renewable energies, combined heat and power, etc.) in the light of the change in the energy mix in connection with the energy transition.

This assessment concerns the support scheme and does not address the issue of financing.

This memorandum also looks into other support systems adopted in Europe in order to learn from the feedback of other Member States and understand the challenges which they face.

Finally, it establishes several targeted criteria which should be met by any support scheme in order to ensure achievement of the targets set by the government and the transition, in the long term, to an effective market integration of supported technologies.

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UFE response to the european commission consultation (...)

UFE believes that the European allowances market is an effective tool to promote greenhouse gases emissions reductions from industrial sectors, and to facilitate the transition towards a low carbon economy at the lowest cost.

The ETS also determines a single carbon price signal at the European level, which is of fundamental importance. The electricity industry, however, considers essential the predictability of emissions reductions targets over the long term. As a matter of fact, the CO2 price as determined by the ETS is currently low. Market operators are not receiving the price signals they need in order to plan their investments in low carbon technologies.

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ETS system interventions - position of the electricity sector

UFE considers the European allowance market as an effective mechanism for supporting reductions in CO2 emissions in industrial sectors and facilitating the transition to a low-carbon economy at minimum cost.
However, for the electricity sector, visibility of the long-term targeted emissions reduction objective is essential. Yet today, the price of carbon, as revealed by the ETS system, is low, which results in players not being given the necessary signal to anticipate their investment towards low-carbon technologies.

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AIDES D’ETAT – ETS : Réponse à la Consultation de la Commission européenne

La DG Competition a soumis à consultation un projet de « lignes directrices concernant certaines aides d’Etat dans le contexte du système d’échange de quotas de gaz à effet de serre après 2012 ». Dans ce cadre, l’UNION FRANCAISE DE L’ELECTRICITE souhaite apporter les remarques suivantes, concernant la mesure d’aide envisagée pour compenser les coûts des émissions indirectes pour les entreprises des secteurs considérés comme exposés à un risque significatif de fuite de carbone...

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Directives efficacité énergétique

Dans le prolongement de sa communication de mars 2001 sur la révision du Plan d’action de 2006, la Commission européenne travaille à l’élaboration d’une Directive sur l’Efficacité énergétique, visant à remplacer les directives « Cogénération » de 2004 et « Efficacité énergétique » de 2006. L’UFE a pris connaissance d’un projet officieux de texte, actuellement en consultation inter-services à Bruxelles, et qui devrait être finalisé d’ici les deux prochains mois. Dans cette perspective, elle souhaite exprimer la position des fournisseurs, gestionnaires de réseaux et producteurs français

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response to the public consultation about guidelines on fundamental electricity data transparency

UFE is convinced that transparency on fundamental data is crucial to promote a level playing field in the market by reducing information asymmetry and ensuring a more efficient functioning of wholesale market competition.

In France, electricity market fundamentals data have been available on the TSO’s website since November 2006. UFE and the producers within the French Transparency initiative (6 reporting companies representing 85 % of the French installed generation capacity) have been committed, with the support of the TSO (RTE), in a step by step generation data transparency process since 2006.

In parallel with this generators involvement, the French TSO is publishing information on wind energy forecast for the French grid.

Although not cited in the initial impact assessment of ERGEG, this French initiative has achieved a high level of transparency on fundamental generation data and will continue to improve it during

2011, under the scrutiny of the French Regulatory Authority (CRE).

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Priorités en matière d’infrastructures énergétiques

La Commission européenne a rendu publique, le 17 novembre 2010, sa communication COM(2010)0677 « Priorités en matière d’infrastructures énergétiques pour 2020 et au-delà : schéma directeur pour un réseau énergétique européen intégré ».
L’Union Française de l’Electricité salue cette approche, qui met l’accent sur la nécessité de disposer d’une meilleure vision du secteur en matière d’investissements futurs dans les infrastructures. La Commission et les Etats membres avaient ouvert la voie avec la mise en place, dans le troisième paquet, des Plans décennaux d’investissement à 10 ans (TYNDP) et des règles de coopération entre régulateurs en matière d’investissements transfrontaliers. Le règlement 617/210 sur la communication à la Commission des projets d’investissements relatifs aux projets d’infrastructures s’inscrit également dans cette perspective. [...]

L’Europe et la France ont fait le choix du...

L’Europe et la France ont fait le choix du marché pour l’organisation du système électrique. Cette démarche passe notamment pour l’UFE par le développement des échanges transfrontaliers, via le renforcement des interconnexions et du couplage des marchés nationaux, afin d’accroître la sécurité d’approvisionnement, de favoriser l’intégration des renouvelables et d’optimiser les échanges. Dans cette optique, le secteur électrique français continue d’apporter son plein soutien aux initiatives régionales (ERI), ainsi qu’aux travaux menés sous l’impulsion du Forum pentalatéral au niveau de la plaque Centre-Ouest, où le couplage a été réalisé avec succès le 9 novembre 2010.

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Consultation « Stratégie UE-2020

L’UFE, Union Française de l’Electricité, est l’association professionnelle du secteur de l’électricité. Elle représente les employeurs du secteur au sein de la branche des industries électriques et gazières et porte les intérêts de ses membres, producteurs, gestionnaires de réseaux, ou commercialisateurs d’électricité, dans le domaine économique et industriel.

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