PARIS, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Competitors of French state-owned nuclear operator EDF have requested 130.41 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity from nuclear plants to fall under the regulated access to nuclear electricity (ARENH) for next year, the Energy Regulatory Commission said on Friday.

The ARENH system, which will be replaced at the start of 2026 by new regulations set up to protect consumers from price shocks, allows EDF's rivals to by up to 100 TWh of electricity per year at a reduced price of 42 euros per megawatt-hour (MWh).

Forward curve French market contracts have remained over 100 euros after spiking during the energy crisis last summer when exceptional nuclear outages came at the same time that neighbors were scrambling to find new sources of gas after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Rival electricity suppliers such as Engie and TotalEnergies have to purchase additional supply from the wholesale market for demand that exceeds their tranche of the 100 TWh of electricity regulated under the ARENH system.

This price difference is then reflected in the calculation of regulated consumer prices.

The government, however, has pushed to limit increases in French consumers' bills, saying on several occasions that the increase of electricity prices planned for early 2024 would not exceed 10%. (Reporting by Benjamin Mallet and Forrest Crellin; Editing by Silvia AloisiS and Sudip Kar-Gupta)