Top 9 Phrases You Need To Know When Opening an Electricity Account in France
Opening an account for electricity in France? You'll need to know these phrases
Puissance de Compteur
Puissance de compteur translated: Power rating
Why it's important: In France France you can choose the power rating (puissance de compteur) for your meter, which ranges from 3 kVA to 36 kVA. It is important to choose the right puissance for your needs as electricity tariffs change depending on the limit assigned to your gas or electricity meter.
Heures Creuses / Heures Pleines
Heures creuses translated: Off-peak
Heures pleines translated: Peak
Why it's important: heures pleines / heures creuses is an electricity pricing option that allows you to get a preferential tariff for the electricity you consume at night.
Prix de l'abonnement
Prix de l'abonnement translated: Subscription charge
Why it's important: your electricity bill contains two types of charges: a fixed subscription charge (prix de l'abonnement), and a charge for your consumption (prix par kWh). The prix de l'abonnement is one of the elements to consider when comparing energy plans, as it is different depending on the supplier and plan, with many alternate suppliers offering discounts compared to the EDF tarifs réglementés. The prix de l'abonnement also changes depending on the power capacity assigned to your meter (puissance de compteur).
Tarifs réglementés / Tarif bleu
Tarifs réglementés translated: Regulated tariffs
Why it's important: the tarifs réglementés are fixed by public authorities, and can only be sold by EDF. While the regulated tariffs are not necessarily the most expensive offer on the market, many alternate suppliers offer discounts compared to them.
Chauffage translated: Heating
Cuisson translated: Cooking (refers to what fuel your stove/oven runs on)
Why they're important: In order to recommend the plan that's best for your needs, suppliers try to estimate your monthly consumption. In order to do this they will ask you a few questions about your home, including its size, number of occupants, and what appliances use electricity.
Relevé d'identité bancaire (RIB) / Cordonnées bancaires
Relevé d'identité bancaire translated: Banking details
Why it's important: You will need to provide your banking details (BIC and IBAN) for your French bank account when signing up for an electricity plan in France. Suppliers do not accept foreign banking details for billing purposes.
PDL (point de livraison)
Point de livraison translated: Site ID
Why it's important: The PDL is a 14-digit number that identifies the location of your meter, much like an address for your house. Your supplier needs to know the PDL in order to open your account for electricity. The PDL will be noted on your electricity bill, but if you've just moved to France and don't know the PDL for your new home, your supplier will be able to find it with the full address (including apartment number and floor, for flats), and/or with the name of the previous occupant.
Relevé de compteur
Relevé de compteur translated: Meter reading
Why it's important: Your energy supplier may ask you to record the meter reading on the day that you move in, as well as the day you move out (if you leave France for instance) so that they can accurately charge your energy consumption.
Numéro de matricule du compteur
Numéro de matricule du compteur translated: Meter number
Why it's important: Your electricity supplier needs to know the meter number for your home in order to open your electricity account. However, they should be able to identify your meter with your full address (including flat number and floor, if applicable) and/or the name of the previous occupant if you don't know the meter number for your new home before moving in.
|French Term||English Definition||French Term||English Definition|
|Cuisson||Cooking||Eau chaude||Hot water|
|Heures creuses||Off-peak||Heures pleins||On-peak|
|Lave-linge||Washing machine||Lave-vaisselle||Dishwashing machine|
|Numéro de matricule du compteur||Meter number||Point de livraison||Site ID|
|Puissance du compteur||Meter power capacity||Prix de l'abonnement||Subscription charge|
|Relevé de compteur||Meter reading||Tarifs réglementés/ Tarif bleu||Regulated rate|