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As the operator of the Electricity Transmission System, RTE is required to ensure that compensation is provided for energy lost on the grid as it transits the high and extra high voltage network (mostly due to the Joule effect). These losses depend mainly on energy consumption and interconnection exchanges, and represent approximately 11 TWh per year for energy, and 2 GW for capacity guarantees.

To compensate for these losses, RTE especially organises periodic calls for tender on the wholesale market for energy and capacity guarantees. These calls for tender are open to all suppliers who have previously obtained a qualification from RTE on the respective domain. Only qualified suppliers are given details of a call for tender organisation and content of the respective domain.

The qualification may be requested at any time by the interested parties on the respective domain(s).

Energy is mainly purchased in the form of standard products on the French market :

  • Baseload and Peakload
  • Year, Quarter and Month products

The capacity guarantees are bought with products whose delivery is carried away as per the conditions established in each tender's rules.

For information, in 2020, RTE purchased energy and capacity guarantees from 10 suppliers.

Qualification documents

Suppliers wishing to take part in calls for tenders and to submit commercial bids have to undergo a qualification procedure. The foregoing will be granted following the receipt and analysis by RTE of a file made up of the following information and documents :

  • a letter of acceptance of the General Agreement on the respective domain(s),
  • administrative, financial and tax information ;

The General Agreement applicable to energy purchases and capacity guarantees to compensate for system losses lays down the contractual framework of relations between RTE and its suppliers.

The General Agreement n° PE-07-2021, Version n° 6.0, applies from July 1st 2021 onwards. Previous versions can be found under the page  "Archives".



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