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Power Transmission System : a successful first year of operation showing great promise for the future.

Source: RTE 07/06/2001

RTE, within a framework of smooth development, has fully taken up the challenges that it has had to face and reached its objectives, thanks to the efforts and skills of its 8,000 staff members.

RTE is responsible for a Public Service mission entrusted to it by the Act of 10 February 2000 and which concerns making sure that all customers have equal access to the public power transmission network. Created barely a year ago, it can congratulate itself on the progress made in the span of only a few months. RTE, within a framework of smooth development, has fully taken up the challenges that it has had to face and reached its objectives, thanks to the efforts and skills of its 8,000 staff members.

A successful first year?

· 600 eligible sites and 456 energy delivery contracts (MADE) signed with the network's industrial users.
· The desire to reduce costs for all users by setting up Balance Responsible contracts (26 contracts signed thus far).
· A European call for tenders to purchase energy to compensate for power losses on the network.
· The decision to auction the transfer capacity of the interconnection between France and England, "a first", which has helped favour the fluidity of European power exchanges.
· The commitment not to increase the total length of the overhead lines of the high and extra high voltage network which expresses RTE's desire to take into account the aspirations of French people in matters concerning environmental protection.
· The great number of visits to its Web site www.rte-france.com since it opened on 17 July 2000 and the importance given to the role of CURTE (Comité des Utilisateurs du Réseau de Transport d'Electricité - Power Transmission System Users' Committee), which express the transparency of information and ongoing dialogue with all the players of the market.

? showing great promise for the future:

· Ensure that each user of the transmission system is treated in a non-discriminatory way,
· Contribute to the efficiency of the European electricity market, by facilitating access to the transmission system and by improving its competitiveness,
· Ensure the safety of the power system and the quality of supply,
· Make sure that transmission facilities blend into the environment.

RTE, an independent company from the managerial standpoint, as well as with regard to its financial and accounting management within EDF, is now able to ensure the necessary impartiality and the confidentiality of sensitive business information in its dealings with all the users of the HV and EHV power transmission network.

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