+ RTE will work with you, investigating flexible connection solutions that optimise your location, deadlines and costs.
The eligibility of your connection to the RTE network or the distribution system depends mostly on your level of consumption. RTE analyses whether your application qualifies for connection to the electricity transmission system.
The main steps of the connection process
We guide you in your connection project by offering various technical studies that will help you refine your project.
Through our personalised coaching, we are committed to:
- Contacting you within 2 weeks to clarify your needs and priorities for developing your connection offer: cost, timeframe and quality of electricity.
- Providing you with regular reporting on the key stages of your connection project.
The TFP request is your entry into the connection process. Please be aware that administrative procedures may affect the timeframe of the project before the work can begin. We also encourage you to prepare ahead for your connection application.
1. The exploratory study: A free (optional) first study
The aim of an exploratory study is to provide the Customer with a rapid estimate of the feasibility of its project as well as a general idea of the cost of the proposed connection solution and its time to completion. The exploratory study does not constitute a prerequisite for connection and does not imply commitment of any of the parties.
A request for an exploratory study is made through the completed specific data collection sheet D2 and forwarded to the regional sales department. It should include the following information:
- A site of implantation
- Megawatt (MW) power
- The expected in-service date
Once all the required data have been collected, RTE will carry out a summary study of the technical feasibility of the connection (cost, delay and associated connection scheme), by mainly examining the current transit constraints and the capacity of existing works to meet the demand.
RTE sends the results of the exploratory study within six weeks of receipt of the full application. However, this deadline may be revised at the request of RTE with the agreement of the Customer (especially when the Customer submits a multiple application).
2. Technical and Financial Proposal (TFP)
The purpose of the TFP is to establish, on the basis of data provided by the Customer, the conditions of the connection. It presents the chosen connection solution, the details of the work to be carried out, the details of the costs and the timelines for completion.
A TFP request is made through the completed specific data collection sheet D2 and forwarded to the regional sales department. In addition to the information required at the exploratory stage, it must provide the details of your future electrical installation.
From receipt of the complete data, RTE has a standard period of three months to carry out the connection study and provide the TFP. However, this deadline may be revised at the request of RTE with the agreement of the Customer in the case of a complex request.
Under the TFP, RTE is committed to the connection diagram associated with a maximum cost of connection and its time to completion, subject to certain reservations.
The customer has three months to accept the TFP from the date of receipt. The applicant sends RTE a signed copy along with payment of the advance according to the payment schedule mentioned in the TFP.
The signing launches the Study phase consisting of detailed studies and administrative procedures and ensures its financing by the Customer.
Within 6 months of signing the TFP, RTE will send you the specifications containing the requirements relating to the constructive capacities of your facility, the operation of the protection systems, the metering and exchange of information.
These requirements are designed to ensure that your facilities will be safely connected to the Public Transmission System.
3. The connection agreement
After signing the technical and financial proposal, RTE proposes the Connection Agreement which takes into account the result of the complementary studies, the consultations with companies and the administrative procedures required for the connection of the Customer’s facility.
It specifies the technical, legal and financial terms for the connection and specifically the conditions the facility must meet in order to be connected to the public transport system.
The signing of the connection agreement starts the connection setup phase and guarantees the financing of equipment orders and works.
4. Works phase
RTE carries out the work after signing the connection agreement and keeps you informed of progress.
5. Prior to implementation
RTE and the customer enter into a transmission system access contract, as well as the operating and implementation agreement.
The transmission system access contract sets out the commitments for metering, subscribed power, and planned service interruptions. It also specifies the terms of liability, pricing and billing.
The operating and implementation agreement defines the responsibilities of each participant to ensure proper insertion of the facility into the power system and the rules of operation and implementation to be followed to ensure the safety of persons and equipment.
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If you have any questions or would like to submit a connection application, please contact your account manager.