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Regulated tariffs, fixed or variable prices... Which offer should I choose in France?

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The energy market in France remains unclear for most consumers in France, even those who were born here! What are tarifs réglementés (regulated tariffs)? Are they better than the competitive pricing offers? Here we explain your options for energy supply in France.

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  • The Basics
  • There is no "best energy offer"; the answer depends on your consumption profile.
  • There are two types of energy offers: the regulated tariffs and the competitive pricing offers.
  • The regulated tariffs (tarifs réglementés) are not always the most competitive nor protective tariffs. 
  • If you want to be sure to pay less than the regulated tariffs, choose an indexed price offer.
  • Opt for a fixed price plan if you want to stabilize your energy price

Everything You Need to Know About the French Energy Market

Historically in France one energy company was responsible for energy delivery and supply for 95% of France: EDF-GDF. Deregulation of energy markets in France in 2007 meant that this company was dismantled in two: EDF for electricity, and GDF for gas (note that GDF is now known as "Engie"). While several new providers have entered the market, almost half of the French still do not know that they can switch providers and that they are not bound to the previous monopoly. This is why you may have heard from your French landlord to "call EDF-GDF", to activate your energy accounts, when in fact you can call any one of the competitive suppliers to start electricity service in France.

Pricing options for energy in France fall into two categories:

  1. Regulated tariffs for electricity and gas: sold by the historical providers (EDF and Engie). Their prices are controlled by public authorities.
  2. Competitive pricing offers, which are offered by both the historic providers and by newer suppliers. By choosing one of these offers, you can save on your energy bill.
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Every provider uses the same distribution grid network (managed by ERDF for electricity and GRDF for gas). This means that every consumer benefits from the same delivery service and energy supply quality, regardless of the supplier.

 

Which Electricity Offer Should I Choose?

electricity suppliers in France
  Lampiris
Offre Electricité Verte
Direct Energie
Offre Directe Electricité
EDF
Tarifs réglementés
Pros and Cons Fixed price offer Indexed price offer Regulated tariffs
Pros  % discount on the pre-tax regulated kWh
Green electricity
Price is fixed for 1 year
No commitment (no penalties for cancellation)
 % discount on the pre-tax regulated kWh
Guaranteed to always be cheaper than the regulated tariffs, without any time limit
Elected "Best Customer Service" in 2016
No commitment (no penalties for cancellation)
Trusted partner
No commitment
Cons The price can still fluctuate with taxes' evolutions The offer does not protect the consumer from increases - as it follows regulated tariffs, it will increase to reflect any regulated tariff rate increase Higher prices than competitive offers

Price with a 80 sqm apartment with electric heating and water heating, 4 occupants (average insulation):

14 520 kWh power consumption.

2122 € 2132 € 2220 €

Last update: February 2016

Learn more about price options for electricity in France here.

Which Gas Offer Should I Choose?

gas suppliers in France
  Lampiris
Offre Gaz
Direct Energie
Offre Directe Gaz
Engie ex GDF Suez
Tarifs réglementés
Pros and Cons Fixed price offer Indexed price offer Regulated tariffs
Pros  % discount on the pre-tax regulated kWh
Price is fixed for 1 year
No commitment
 % discount on the pre-tax regulated kWh
Guaranteed to always be cheaper than the regulated tariffs, without any time limit
Elected "Best Customer Service" in 2016
No commitment
Trusted partner
No commitment
Cons Prices can still fluctuate with taxes' evolutions The offer does not protect the consumer from increases: it is indexed on regulated tariffs and will evolve jointly Higher prices than competitive offers
100 sqm apartment with gas heating and water heating, 4 occupants (average insulation, Paris): 16 320 kWh gas consumption. 957 € 1026 € 1069 €

Last update: February 2016

Learn more about price options for natural gas supply in France here.

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