RTE works around the clock, seven days a week, directing electricity flows over its lines to ensure that generation and consumption are always balanced at the least possible cost to society. This balance is achieved through a series of decisions aimed at optimising the power system, from the long term down to real time. These decisions are taken by private actors, whose actions are coordinated thanks to the market mechanisms through which their activities are rewarded.
Increasing the flexibility of the power system is also clearly identified as key to a successful energy transition, notably given the intermittent nature of renewable energy sources. RTE’s market rules are well-suited to the participation of new, flexible capacities, as they allow all operators to be rewarded for their capacity and energy via markets (Mechanism by which consumers cancel or postpone all or part of their power consumption in response to a signal, storage, renewable energy sources, etc.).