France said it will begin bidding rounds to renew concessions for ten hydropower stations between 2010 and 2013 opening up the market in a sector so far dominated by former state monopoly EDF.
French Energy Minister Jean-Louis Borloo was quoted by Reuters as saying that ten concessions with a total capacity of 5,300MW will be renewed by 2015.
"The opening of tenders will be made on a case-by-case basis between 2010 and 2013," Borloo said.
The government intends to award new contracts to operators between 2013 and 2015.
France's 23,500MW hydropower capacity is currently run by state-owned utility giant EDF and to a much smaller extent by GDF Suez, according to Reuters.