Electricity tariffs in France : Know and Compare electricity prices in 2020

How much does Electricity Cost in France ?

In 2020, 7 out of 10 French people have an electricity contract with EDF and its Tarif Bleu (the regulated sale tariff for electricity). If we consider that most of them have a Base meter option (with a price of electricity that is the same every hour of the day) and that the average power of the meter is 6 kVA, then we can say that the average price of kWh in France is 0.1557€ and the annual subscription charge is 127.92€.

With the average household in France consuming about 4770 kWh electricity (in French) in 2019, the average annual electricity cost in France ranged from 858.64€ - 898.02€, depending on the electricity provider and plan chosen. This works out to an average monthly power bill of about 71.50€ - 75€ per month.

Electricity Supply Options in France

With electricity markets deregulated in France, residential customers have a choice of supplier and electricity price type. Here we provide a quick overview of your options:

Regulated tariffs

The regulated tariff for electricity is set by public authorities, and can only be sold by EDF, the historic supplier in France. This rate usually changes between 0 and 2 times every year, according to what public authorities set.

The main reason why most of the French still people have a contract with EDF is because they are used to the company and they generally like it. Its history is tied to the French economic success and development after the war.

Prices of electricity for the Tarif Bleu EDF (with tax) - France, August 2020
Power
(kVA)
Base option Heures Pleines - Heures Creuses option
Price of the subscription Price of the kWh Price of the subscription Price of the kWh heures pleines Price of the kWh heures creuses
3 kVA 103.08 € 0.1557 € --
6 kVA 127.92 € 0.1557 € 139.20 € 0.1798 € 0.1344 €
9 kVA 152.64 € 0.1597 € 172.08 € 0.1798 € 0.1344 €
12 kVA 177.48 € 0.1597 € 203.16 € 0.1798 € 0.1344 €
15 kVA 201.48 € 0.1597 € 232.56 € 0.1798 € 0.1344 €
18 kVA 226.08 € 0.1597 € 259.56 € 0.1798 € 0.1344 €
24 kVA 279.60 € 0.1597 € 320.64 € 0.1798 € 0.1344 €
30 kVA 335.76 € 0.1597 € 354.12 € 0.1798 € 0.1344 €
36 kVA 377.16 € 0.1597 € 401.52 € 0.1798 € 0.1344 €

While this is not necessarily the case in other countries, in France the large majority of competitive suppliers offer lower prices than the regulated tariff, meaning that you can save money on energy by comparing supply offers.

All the laws are thought to protect the consumers and the two things that are different from a provider to another are the price and the billing customer service.

Competitive Pricing Offers

There are two main price options for competitive pricing offers offered by the suppliers operating in France.

  • Fixed prices offer a guaranteed price for electricity that stays the same over a certain time period.
  • Indexed prices offer a discount off of the pre-tax regulated rate price

Some competitive suppliers also offer renewable energy plans, while others offer competitive offers for dual fuel plans.

Check out this other article to find out all the tips and tricks to lower your electricity bills!

Comparison of electricity prices and offers in France
Provider Name of the offer About the offer
Logo electricity provider Happ-e Engie
Électricité happ-e 8% discount on the pre-tax regulated tariff rate, set for 2 years
Logo electricity provider Total Direct Energie
Offre Classique 10% discount on the pre-tax regulated tariff rate, with no set limit
Logo electricity provider Planète Oui
Offre Éco Applies the regulated tariffs, but offers a 20% discount on the regulated tariff subscription charge (conditions apply). 
Green electricity
Logo historical electricity provider EDF
Regulated tariff Applies the regulated tariffs

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Factors in the Price of Electricity in France

The price of electricity in France includes three types of costs:

  1. The Supply (cost of generatingor buying electricity): this represents about 31% of the cost of electricity for residential customers. About 75% of electricity generated in France comes from nuclear-generated power.
  2. Delivery costs: this is known as the TURPE (Tarif d’utilisation des réseaux publics d’électricité - Usage Tarif for Public Electricity Networks) and represents about 33% of the residential customer cost of electricity. The TURPE covers the costs of delivering electricity from power generating facilities across high voltage lines (managed by the RTE - Réseau de Transport d'Electricité) and local distribution lines (managed by the ENEDIS, which covers about 95% of France)
  3. Taxes: there are several taxes that are applied to electricity consumption (see below), and when put together, they represent about 31% of the cost of electricity for residential customers
    1. CSPE (Contribution au Service Public de l'Electricité - Contribution to the Public Service for Electricity): helps financing renewable energies, tariff equalization on the whole territory, and the basic needs tariff. In 2016, the CSPE cost 22,5€/MWh.
    2. TVA (Taxe sur la valeur ajoutée - value-added tax, VAT): represents 20% of the price of a kWh and 5,5% of the subscription rate.
    3. TCFE (Taxe sur la consommation finale d'électricité - Tax on the Final Consumption of Electricity): goes to townships and districts, and changes according to your locality. In 2016, it could not exceed 9,6€/MWh.
    4. CTA (Contribution Tarifaire d'Acheminement - Tariff-based contribution to delivery): 27,04% of the fixed part of the TURPE. Used to finance specific pension rights of employees of the gas and electric industries.

Electricity Prices in Europe: How does France compare?

France enjoys one of the lowest electricity prices in Western Europe. According to Eurostat, at €0.1765 per kWh in 2019, the average cost of electricity in France is 26.5% cheaper than the EU average (€0.2159 per kWh), compared to Spain or Germany where prices are respectively 46% and 79% higher than France's (Source: Eurostat).

However, with electricity markets in France deregulated, customers have a choice of supplier and price plan, meaning the price you pay for electricity could be lower or higher than this figure.

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