Regulatory framework

The regulatory framework applying to your project

To inject biomethane into the gas network, your project is subject to French and European legislation for access to gas infrastructures. The gas must comply with the technical requirements defined by transmission and distribution operators. The project will have access to various economic mechanisms supporting biomethane injection.

Network access is provided in a way that is both non-discriminatory and as efficient as possible. This is achieved by implementing rules in application of France’s Right to Injection:

All new biomethane projects benefit from financial support mechanisms to assist with developing new injection projects:

As part of their purchase obligation agreement (open window feed-in tariff), biomethane producers seeking to sell their injected biogas can approach a natural gas supplier named as a “buyer of last resort”, pursuant to Article D. 466-14 of the French Energy Code, if the request had been refused by the contacted gas suppliers:

Access to the decrees and orders

Deliberation of the Commission de régulation de l’énergie (French Energy Regulatory Commission) no. 2019-242 - 14 November 2019 about mechanism governing the injection of biomethane into gas networks
>> Délibération n°2019-242 - CRE website

Decree no. 2019-665 of 28 June 2019 setting out the reinforcement of the natural gas transport and distribution networks needs to allow the injection of the biogas produced.
>> Legifrance.gouv: Ministerial Order no.2019-665 of June 28,2019

Ministerial Order of June 4, 2012 setting out the list of natural gas suppliers designated as buyers of last-resort of biomethane: NOR : DEVR1225926A
>> Legifrance.gouv: Ministerial Order of June 4, 2012

Ministerial Order of 23 November, 2011 setting out the nature of new entrants into the production of biomethane for injection into natural gas networks: NOR : DEVR1126174A
>> Legifrance.gouv: Ministerial Order of 23 November, 2011

Ministerial Order of 23 November 2011 setting out the conditions of nomination of the biomethane purchaser of last resort: NOR : INDR1126188A
>> Legifrance.gouv: Ministerial Order of 23 November, 2011

Ministerial Order of 23 November, 2011 setting out the purchasing conditions for biomethane injected into natural gas networks: NOR : DEVR1126198A
>> Legifrance.gouv: Ministerial Order of 23 November, 2011

Ministerial Order of 23 November, 2011 setting out the share of the financial valuation amount of the guarantees of origin to be deducted from the costs of public service eligible for compensation relating to the purchase of biomethane to be injected into natural gas networks: NOR : INDR1126193A
>> Legifrance.gouv: Ministerial Order of 23 November 2011

Decree no. 2011-1595 of November 21, 2011 on compensation for public service costs relating to the purchase of biomethane injected into natural gas networks: NOR : DEVR1107324D
>> Legifrance.gouv: decree no. 2011-1595November 21,s 2011

Decree no. 2011-1596 of November 21, 2011 on the sales conditions of biomethane to natural gas suppliers: NOR : DEVR1126146D
>> Legifrance.gouv: decree no. 2011-1596 November 21, 2011

Decree no. 2011-1597 of 21 novembre 2011 on contracting conditions between biomethane producers and natural gas suppliers: NOR : DEVR1126147D
>> Legifrance.gouv: decree no 2011-1597 of November 21, 2011

Decree no. 2011-1594 of November 21, 2011, on the sales conditions of biomethane to natural gas suppliers: NOR : DEVR1107323D
>> Legifrance.gouv: decree no. 2011-1594 of November 21, 2011

 

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