We report the first results obtained from the high energy resolution beam line at the storage ring ELETTRA of Trieste. The beam line has been designed to perform photoemission experiments in the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and soft X-ray (SXR) energy range. The radiation source is an undulator which consists of three sections, with 36 periods and a period length of 12.5 cm. It allows scanning of an energy range 17-900 eV using the 1st, 3rd and 5th harmonics. The monochromator is a spherical grating type and the resolving power at 400 eV, estimated from the K-shell photoabsorption of the N 2 molecule is well above 10 000. The spectra are better than any other spectra taken while operating with high flux, i.e. first order diffraction and grating not masked. Measurements taken at the oxygen and neon K-edges, the argon L 23 edges and of the helium double ionization spectra, indicate that the resolution is excellent from 65 to 870 eV.