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Black-out in Italy: RTE calls for the creation of an international investigation commission.

Source: RTE 02/10/2003

RTE has asked the UCTE to create an investigation commission, tasked with bringing to light the reasons behind the incident that took place in Italy in the early hours of the 28th September 2003.

André MERLIN, CEO of Réseau de Transport d'Electricité, the French Electricity Transmission System Operator, has asked the Union for the Co-ordination of Transmission of Electricity in Europe (UCTE) to set up a special investigation commission, tasked with bringing to light the reasons behind the electricity incident that occurred in the early hours of 28th September 2003, and which resulted in a widespread black-out in Italy.

Contradictory information has recently been published by some of the actors concerned, notably the Swiss company Etrans. This information has only served to cloud the reasons for this major incident.

Based on the technical data available, there is an urgent need to clarify the exact chain of responsibilities concerning the event which triggered the black-out. Work will also have to be undertaken to clarify the resulting communication between the operators concerned.

More than ever, RTE believes that an effective internal electricity market can only be constructed if there is permanent dialogue between electricity transmission system operators, with due emphasis on transparency and co-ordinated communication.

NB: The UCTE was founded in 1951, and today brings together 33 companies responsible for the transmission of electricity in 23 interconnected countries.

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