RTE is the French electricity transmission system operator. It is a public service company responsible for operating, maintaining and developing the high and extra high voltage network which represents 100,000 km of lines.

Jean Verseille, Director European Affairs at RTE, on RGI:

"At the crossroads between northern and southern Europe, the French power system will need to make significantly evolve its role in order to enable Europe to achieve the ambitious targets set for the share of renewable energy sources in the continent's energy mix. The decision to sign up to the RGI reflects RTE's commitment to greater dialogue with all stakeholders, and a sustainable development policy that reconciles grid development with respect for the environment and economic performance."

"Au carrefour du Nord et du Sud de l'Europe, le réseau français devra voir son rôle profondément évoluer pour permettre d'atteindre des objectifs ambitieux de contribution des énergies renouvelables au mix énergétique européen. La participation à la RGI marque la volonté de RTE de développer le dialogue avec toutes les parties prenantes et de mettre en oeuvre une politique de développement durable conciliant  développement du réseau, respect de l'environnement et performance économique."

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