The breakdown of consumption by sector was comparable to 2017. It should be noted that the slight decrease in consumption in heavy industryFinal customers getting electricity directly from the transmission system operator followed significant social movements in the rail transport sector and an incident at the site of an industrial customer in the metallurgy sector.
The residential segment was once again the largest consumer of electricity, accounting for about 35.7% of final consumption, followed by the business sector (26.6%), heavy industryFinal customers getting electricity directly from the transmission system operator (16.9%), SMEs/SMIFinal customers to which distribution system operators provide medium- and low-voltage power, with contracted power of 36 kVA or more (11%) and professionals (9.9%).
Who are RTE’s customers?
RTE works on behalf of society and its own customers – producers and distributors of electricity, industrial firms and traders – to offer solutions that help keep power system costs in check and thus preserve economic activity.
As the transmission system operator, RTE plays a central role in the power system and is responsible for ensuring that generation always matches demand. It works around the clock, seven days a week, to direct electricity flows and optimise the functioning of the power system for its customers and society at large. RTE carries electricity to all parts of France, from generation sites to the industrial sites that are directly connected to its network and to the distribution grids that deliver it to final consumers.
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