Electricity Market

Operating an interconnected electricity market

Since 1996, the creation of a liberal and open European electricity market has increased the number of traders and the number of commercial transactions through bilateral contracts or power exchanges.



Due to its geographic location, RTE has been at the core of Europe’s interconnected grid and has played a significant role in setting up this market; firstly by establishing several connections between France and its neighbouring countries, and secondly by defining the technical and economic measures required to organise the market and facilitate exchanges between countries, with the help of its European counterparts.


RTE also played a key role in the creation and development of Powernext, the French electricity and gas power exchange.

Based on the specific challenges of your transmission system, RTE International experts can help you to:


  • Create and implement an independent Transmission System Operator (TSO),

  • Organise third party access to your transmission grid

  • Design and implement an electricity market

  • Design and manage access to an interconnected grid.


A decisive step towards a single European Electricity Market

Press Release
10th November 2010

Successful joint launch of the Central West European price market coupling and the Central West European-Nordic tight volume coupling.


The partners of Central West European (CWE) and Nordic countries are pleased to announce that a decisive step towards the integration of the European electricity market has been taken. This innovation entails the simultaneous launch of two new initiatives on 9 November: the CWE price market coupling and the CWE Volume Coupling (ITVC). European consumers will thus benefit from the economic optimisation resulting in a more efficient use of the power system in the region, convergence or equalization of prices, improving social welfare and security of supply.

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