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The RTE Example: New Approach to Asset Management with Simulation

The RTE Example: New Approach to Asset Management with Simulation

In this video interview, RTE’s Director of the 2025 Asset Management Project, Jean-Louis Muscagorry, explains how his organization has leveraged complex simulation to optimize their asset management strategies.

Key takeaways from the interview:

RTE manages Europe’s largest electricity transmission network. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, RTE is charged with ensuring the delivery of safe and decarbonized electricity across France. It is Europe’s largest electricity Transmission System Operator responsible for a network of more than 100,000 kilometers of high and very high voltage lines and thousands of electricity substations.

The organization’s mission statement rests on three pillars: driving the energy transition through innovation, advising on government energy transition decisions, and optimizing the French electricity system. Optimal maintenance and renewal of the assets of the RTE grid is key to achieving a high quality of service and succeeding in its mission.

Implementing complex simulation is the right approach to optimize RTE’s electricity transmission network. It allows RTE to test the impact of a strategy for managing assets that accounts for maintenance operations, engineering operations, service quality and risk management. RTE asset managers can better manage uncertainty, and identify the optimal strategy.

After expanding the implementation of complex simulation to manage overhead lines, electrical substations, instrumentation and control, as well as optimizing its entire suite of technical policies, RTE now relies on this approach as it completes preparations for the new version of the ten-year network development scheme (SDDR).