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RTE publishes its first development plan for transmission system.

Source: RTE 04/05/2005

RTE is publishing the first development plan for the public transmission system, which presents a shared vision of the developments needed in the network over the next ten to fifteen years.

Developing the public electricity transmission system, which is vital for ensuring a good quality electricity supply right across the country, is one of the fundamental tasks entrusted to RTE. To achieve this, RTE's investment decisions are taken in response to the projects initiated by local political and financial organizations and other bodies: economic development, local production facilities, and demand side management policy. The service life of network infrastructures is long (around fifty years), while the associated investment costs and works completion times are substantial (around 6 to 7 years for overhead lines, and even around 10 years in some cases).
Consequently, developing the public transmission system requires a well-planned and co-ordinated approach.
The Law of 10 February 2000 on the modernisation of the electricity public service provides a legislative framework for this advance planning procedure. Every two years, it requires RTE to draw up a development plan for the transmission system, which is then submitted for the appraisal of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), and subsequently for approval by the Minister for Energy.

The development plan provides an overview of the present state of affairs, and forecasts the constraints which are likely to affect the transmission system in the next ten to fifteen years. It is based on studies of the network, along with forecasts and analyses of future trends in electricity supply and demand carried out by RTE (generation adequacy report) or by regions (collective energy services plan). The development plan also contains details of the multiannual production investment programme, which is drawn up by the Minister for Energy.
The studies are conducted in each region by specialist organisations, working under the guidance of the regional Prefect and in conjunction with the Regional Commission for Territorial Planning and Development (CRADT). The organisations generally consist of representatives from elected bodies, the government, network users, associations and RTE. Their work has resulted in a set of hypotheses, setting out a shared view of how the economic, industrial and energy situation is expected to evolve in each region.
This regional dialogue helps guarantee that any network constraints identified, along with the development projects subsequently drawn up to deal with them, really do meet the region's development needs.

Based on regional assessments prepared in 2002-2003, the development plan was approved by the Minister for Energy on 4 April 2005, following the opinion issued by CRE on 9 December 2004.

This process will be repeated every two years, in accordance with the Law. The next development plan will contain updated consumption forecasts, based on the new generation adequacy report due to be published in the summer of 2005. In the interests of greater accuracy, it will also contain up-to-date and more reliable production forecasts, particularly in the areas of thermal and wind generation, where recent invitations to tender will provide a clearer picture of future network developments.

Consult the Development Plan for Transmission System.