The public service contract
The public service contract(1) is intended to serve as a long-term reference for EDF’s public service commitments in France. Signed on 24 October 2005 between EDF and the French state, the public service contract specifies the content and objectives of the public service role entrusted to EDF. The contract is made up of three parts covering, in particular, access to energy, generation (EDF), distribution (ERDF), transmission and electrical grid safety (RTE). In line with the law, the contract is subject to annual monitoring and a three-yearly report.
With regard to EDF and according to the law, the public service contract focuses on:
Safe energy supply, and the quality of service provided to consumers
Procedures for assessing the costs incurred by running the contract and compensation for the corresponding responsibilities
Research and development policy
Environmental protection policy, in particular rational energy use and measures against the greenhouse effect
This contract, signed in 2005, will remain in force until a new contract is signed.
(1) Drafted in application of the first article of the Law of 9 August 2004, codified in Article L. 121-46 of the French Energy Code.