2023 Load shedding Decree Survey

Decree no. 2022-495 relating to the load shedding of natural gas consumption was published on 7 April 2022 in the Official Journal of the French Republic.

This Decree supplements the regulatory section of the French Energy Code by introducing provisions relating to the load shedding of natural gas consumption, for the application of Articles L. 434-1 to L. 434-4 of the French Energy Code.

Load shedding is a last resort for network operators seeking to safeguard the supply of protected customers (hospitals, educational buildings, military facilities, etc.) in the event of a major supply crisis. It would only be used when all other existing measures available to network operators had been exhausted.

The key points of the Decree are as follows

  • A load shedding order is a call to reduce or stop the consumption of natural gas within two hours.
  • Consumers receiving such an order are legally obliged to comply.
  • Several consumers may form a group by signing an agreement, and according to certain criteria. As such, only one of them will be mandated to respond, and the load shedding order is applied to the group rather than individually.
  • Every year, natural gas network operators carry out a consumer survey to gather three items of information:
    • Contact details and means of contact that the network operator can use to reach the consumer at any time,
    • The economic consequences that the consumer would suffer if its natural gas consumption were stopped or reduced,
    • The supply level below which these economic consequences are likely to occur.
  • It mandatory to respond to this survey within two months. Consumers failing to respond within this timeframe are deemed not to suffer any economic consequences if their natural gas consumption is reduced or stopped.
  • Based on the survey responses sent by network operators, the prefectures publish decrees identifying the affected consumers, which may be used to set the order of priority if load shedding is implemented.

Affected sites

If your site consumed more than 5 GWh in 2022, GRTgaz’s upcoming load shedding survey will apply to you.

This survey is based on a questionnaire co-designed by GRDF and Teréga. It is structured as follows:

  • On May 22, 2023, GRTgaz will launch the load shedding survey with all affected customers taking into account the agreements received on time. This step was entrusted by GRTgaz to the company ED Institut, you will receive for this purpose an email from grtgaz-commercial@grtgaz.com containing the link to the survey to be filled in online. You will have until July 22, 2023 at the latest to complete the load shedding survey.
  • If you wish to group together to sign the “Agreement for Completion of the Load shedding survey”, you must have returned this completed and signed agreement to us by June 1, 2023 at grtgaz-commercial@grtgaz.com.

2023 Load shedding Decree Survey