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Living in France and looking to reduce your environmental footprint? Switching to a renewable energy supplier can be both good for the environment and for your wallet! Find out more about renewable energy options in our guide to renewable energy suppliers in France.

Which suppliers offer green energy in France?

List of French Energy Suppliers
Supplier Fuels Offered Green Options?
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Alterna
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Antargaz
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Direct Energie
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EDF
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Enercoop
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Energem
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Engie
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Eni
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Lucia Energie
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Planète Oui
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Selia
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Direct Energie

Direct Energie is the largest and oldest alternate supplier in France, founded in 2003 and with over 2.5 million customers in 2018. Along with traditional energy plans Direct Energie's 100& Pur Jus green electricity supply plan offers electricity that is 100% from renewable generation sources (hydropower), and comes at a % reduction off of the EDF pre-tax regulated tariffs.

How does it work?

Direct Energie's renewable energy offer makes use of the guarantee of origin system, whereby Direct Energie purchases renewable energy credits on behalf of their customers in order to compensate their electricity consumption.

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EDF

EDF is the historic and largest electricity supplier in France, and is the only supplier that can offer regulated rates. In November, 2015, EDF launched a renewable electricity option for residential customers. This is a commercial offer, meaning that its rates are set by EDF and not regulated by public authorities (as is the case with the regulated tariffs). EDF's base rate for its renewable energy plan is per kWh.

How does it work?

EDF's renewable energy is based on the guarantee of origin system, meaning that EDF purchases renewable energy credits on behalf of their renewable energy customers that match their electricity consumption, thereby "compensating" for their electricity consumption.

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Enercoop

Enercoop works differently from other energy suppliers in France, and is the only cooperative that exists to promote the development of renewable electricity in France. Enercoop's rates are fixed, and are based on the cost of production, rather than on market prices.

How does it work?

Instead of relying on the guarantee of origin system, Enercoop members produce electricity directly for the benefit of the cooperative. This includes energy from hydropower, wind farms, solar power, and biomass facilities.

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Energem

Energem is a smaller retail supplier that was formed by a local distribution company based in Metz, France. Energem's electricity is 100% renewable, and is produced by hydropower facilities owned by its parent company. Rates are the same as EDF regulated tariffs.

How does it work?

Along with Enercoop, Energem is one of the few electricity suppliers in France to offer electricity that is directly produced by the supplier. Energem's electricity comes from three hydroelectric plants installed on the Moselle River that belong to the group.

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ENGIE

Engie is the historic supplier for natural gas in France, but also offers electricity at commercial rates (not regulated). Formerly GDF Suez, the company rebranded as Engie in 2015. Engie offers both green electricity and green natural gas supply options. Engie's Elec Verte is a fixed price offer with electricity sourced by hydroelectric facilities owned by Engie. Engie's Gaz Vert option offers carbon compensated gas supply.

How does it work?

Engie owns the hydroelectric generation plants that produce its renewable electricity, which is also certified by the guarantee of origin system. Engie also offers free energy efficiency tips through its Cap EcoConso service, which can help customers reduce up to 8% of their energy consumption.

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Lampiris

Founded in Belgium, Lampiris entered the French market in 2010, and specializes in green energy. Its electricity supply offer is sourced 100% from renewable sources (a combination of hydroelectric, wind, biomass, and cogeneration), and is guaranteed to be % less than the pre-tax EDF regulated tariffs per kWh rate.

How does it work?

Lampiris's electricity supply is guaranteed 100% renewable through the guarantee of origin system, through which the supplier purchases renewable energy certificates on behalf of its customers.

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Planète Oui

Founded in 2007, Planète Oui offers 100% green electricity (sourced entirely from renewables) supply for residential customers, at rates that are guaranteed to be the same price or below the regulated tariffs for electricity. The majority of Planète Oui's electricity supply is sourced from hydroelectric generation facilities, but they recently launched an offer that features 50% hydro-wind supply.

How does it work?

Planète Oui's electricity is guaranteed via the third party accreditation company POWERNEXT.

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Proxelia

Proxelia is a Picardy-based energy supplier that was created by the fusion of three local distribution companies. Proxelia's AlpEnergie offer features 100% renewable electricity, but at a rate that is more expensive than that of EDF regulated tariffs.

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Sélia 

Selia is a small electricity supplier created by the ELD Séolis (based in Deux-Sèvres). Selia has a green energy option, called Integreen, but it does not communicate its rates online.

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Alterna

Created in 2005 by the grouping of several local distribution companies, Alterna offers electricity and gas supply, as well as green energy, for residential and business customers. Alterna's green electricity plan is more expensive than the EDF regulated tariffs.

Ranking Green Supplier Options - which supplier is greener?

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When looking at dedication to promoting renewable electricity that is truly green, Enercoop stands out amongst other electricity suppliers in France. As the only cooperative in France to sell electricity, Enercoop is the only supplier in France to offer electricity produced by its members. A social enterprise, its profits are reinvested into the structure in order to further develop renewable energy production in France.

  • Why choose Enercoop?
  • 100% renewable electricity, produced in France by its members (hydroelectric, wind, solar, biomass)
  • Cooperative structure - profits are reinvested to promote the supplier's mission to promote renewable energy development in France

Ranking Green Supplier Options - which supplier is cheaper?

While Enercoop may be the most activist supplier to offer green electricity in France, there are other considerations that might make going with another supplier more appropriate. First, Enercoop's prices are based on the cost of production rather than market prices (as they do not purchase electricity on the wholesale market), and are currently higher than those offered by other suppliers.

For customers who are concerned about their wallets as well as the environment, we suggest going with either Planète Oui or Direct Energie. Small power consumers (with a power rating of 3 kVA) will find Planète Oui's 20% reduction on the fixed subscription charge advantageous, while Direct Energie offers a % compared to the pre-tax EDF regulated tariffs.

Another consideration to take into account when choosing an energy supplier in France is customer service. While it is expanding and professionalizing quickly, Enercoop's customer service is not quite as comprehensive as other suppliers, with more limited hours and customer service availability. Customers who are not comfortable communicating in French are probably better off with a supplier that may be more likely to speak English (Lampiris and Direct Energie are both reported to have English-speaking customer service agents, though they do not advertise explicitly on their sites).

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