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RTE has published the information elements concerning the public transmission system access tariff

Customers concerned

  • Consumers
  • Distributors
  • Generators

What is the public transmission system access tariff (TURPE)?

The main principles

The financial resources required for system operators to carry out their public service missions are obtained mainly through the public transmission system access tariff (TURPE).

The TURPE includes two tariffs:

  • sites connected to the public distribution system pay the TURPE HV-A-LV,

  • sites connected to the public transmission system (including distribution system operators) pay the TURPE HV-B.

The TURPE, its principles and methods are set by decision of the energy regulator, the CRE, following a consultation process involving system operators and all users.

Its objective is to guarantee good coverage of the costs incurred by electricity system operators, provided these costs correspond to those of an efficient system operator.

The tariff is based on four main principles:

  • Postage stamp: the tariff is independent of the distance between the generation site and the consumption site

  • Tariff equalisation: the tariff applies equally across the territory

  • Non-discrimination: the tariff reflects the costs incurred by each category of users regardless of their final use of electricity

  • Time-seasonality: the tariff is differentiated depending on the time of day and day of the week to encourage customers to limit their consumption during the periods of the year when the consumption of all consumers is highest
     

In practice, TURPE HV-B is now RTE’s main financial resource, accounting for 90% of its revenue.

It covers expenditure related to investments financed by RTE and operating costs related to all of its tasks of operating the public electricity transmission system and the power system.

Duration of application of the tariff

The general rules for the application of the tariff, its structure and its level are fixed by the CRE for a period of 4 years. However, an adjustment of the level is made every year on the 1st of August. Within a tariff period, this annual adjustment is likely to modify the tariff coefficients, upward or downward, in a limited way, i.e.: the amounts charged to customers for each type of use.

The TURPE HV-B is set up to ensure RTE a 4-year forecast authorised revenue trajectory covering all of its expenses over this period. TURPE 5 entered into force on 1 August 2017 and will apply until 31July 2021.

Preparation of TURPE 6

In 2018, the CRE initiated work and discussions on the preparation of the next public transmission system access tariffs (so-called "TURPE 6" tariffs). These tariffs come into effect on 1 August 2021, for a period of 4 years.

In this context, several public consultations have been or will be launched in the course of 2019-2020 to gather feedback from system operators and all stakeholders, including consumers (professionals and individuals) concerning future tariffs.

For more information, go to the CRE website.

I am an RTE customer and wish to learn more about TURPE

To learn more, RTE has published the information elements concerning the public transmission system access tariff (TURPE 5 currently in force):

You may also consult the tariff lists, which show the specific provisions for your facilities:

The TURPE allows the invoice for the transmission system access contract (CART) to be established for RTE customers. For more information:

Reference documentation

  • CRE deliberation of 17 November 2016 (TURPE 5) on the decision on public transmission system access tariffs in the HV-B voltage range,

  • CRE deliberation of 14 May 2020 (TURPE 5) on the evolution on 1 August 2020 of the tariff list for the public transmission system access tariff in the HV-B voltage range and on the amount of compensation to be paid to Strasbourg Electricité Réseaux pursuant to Article D. 341-11-1 of the French Energy Code.

Contact

For any questions, please contact your usual account manager.

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