Energy Suppliers in France
Total Direct Energie
Born from the fusion of Total Spring and Direct Energie, Total Direct Energie is now one of the main providers in France. Total bought Lampiris in 2016, as the French multinational wanted to penetrate the residential market for residentials by acquiring one of the top companies, and then went on to merge with Direct Energie in April 2019. The electricity supplier specializes in green electricity, with its electricity supply offer sourced 100% from renewable sources (a combination of hydroelectric, wind, biomass, and cogeneration).
Total Spring offers electricity at fixed rates guaranteed to be below the regulated tariff for electricity (for one year). The same applies for its main natural gas offer. Its other natural gas offer has variable prices, with a price of kWh always jusqu'à 10% cheaper than the regulated tariffs. It is also known for its reputable customer service, and both Direct Energie and Total Spring have been consistently awarded prizes for their respective services over the years, leading up to their fusion.
|Alternate Supplier||Fixed rates for one year on its electricity offer and one of its gaz offer||All of Total Spring offers are guaranteed to be a certain percentage below the pre-tax regulated tariff at the time of subscription|
Italian natural gas company, Eni is the largest alternative natural gas supplier in Europe, and one of the largest natural gas suppliers in France. Eni has been present in France since the mid-2000s, but launched in France under its own name in 2012 (after having acquired the alternative natural gas supply company Altergaz), and currently holds about 15% of the French natural gas market.
In France Eni offers natural gas supply for residential and small business customers at fixed prices or at variable rates that guarantee a certain percentage discount off of the regulated tariffs. Eni also offers carbon compensation for natural gas.
It launched its electricity offers in 2017, based on the scheme of its natural gaz offers : Astucio eco with fixed tariffs and the possibility to reduce fixed rates once a year if regulated rates fall, Astucio planète for green energy, Evolucio for variable rates and Webeo for the online customer services. More on how to contact Eni here.
|Alternate Supplier||Long term fixed rates
Competitive prices on every offer
|Eni has one the largest range of offers on the market.|
ekWateur entered the market in 2016 with a new type of offer that had never been launched in the market before : an offer of gas including between 5% and 100% of biomethane. Their biogas is entirely made in the UK from agricultural wastes. They also only sell green electricity, at a competitive price too.
Note that ekWateur is one of the rare French providers that will allow you to pay your bills with a European (SEPA) IBAN, which can be handy if you've recently arrived in France and need electricity, but don't yet have a French bank account.
At any time, the clients can ask their provider to fix the price of their energy for a year, in exchange for a small increase of the price of the kWh.
|Alternate Supplier||Green energy
Possibility to fix the price at any time
|Clearly one of the greenest energy supplier in France in 2017.|
ilek is an ambitious provider of electricity. It enables to choose directly its producer of renewable energy : wind, solar or hydroelectrivity. The prices of the producers are competitive, especially when you have the "heures pleines-heures creuses" option rate with peak and off-peak pricing. Plus now it proposes French residentials and businesses to set up solar panels and auto consume their electricity.
|Alternate Supplier||Green energy with competitive prices while paying producers at a fair price.||The greenest provider on the market in 2017, and one of the most innovative ones in Europe.|
Happ-e is an offer with online-only helpline and amongst the cheapest price for electricity in France. However the customer service gives you a response under 48 hours and if you have any serious problem with your counter for example, you will have to call ENEDIS electricity ; or call GRDF for a gas leak at 0 800 47 33 33.
|Alternate Supplier||Highly competitive price with guaranteed reduced rates.||Suits to every people at ease with the Internet and emails.|
Plüm Energie sells green electricity with a price of kWh HT 0% cheaper than the EDF regulated tariff. Plus, it gives a bonus to its clients that consume less than they could have. It means that for every kWh not consumed, Plum Energie gives the client the unconsumed amount on a pot than can be used to pay the next bills. Note that Plüm Energie is one of the rare French providers that will allow you to pay your bills with a European (SEPA) IBAN, which can be handy if you've recently arrived in France and need electricity, but don't yet have a French bank account.
|Alternate Supplier||Reduced rates guaranteed compared to the regulated tariffs||Green provider that encourages its clients to consume less.|
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 if the client consumes less than a certain amount of electricity each month and transmits its meater readings every month.
|Alternate Supplier||Discounted rates on the monthly subscription charge compared to regulated tariffs||Planète Oui's rates particularly competitive for small electricity consumers (3 - 6 kVA)|
Engie is the historic supplier for natural gas in France. Formerly GDF Suez, the company rebranded as Engie in 2015. Engie offers both electricity and natural gas supply, as well as green energy options.
As the historic natural gas supplier, Engie offers the regulated tariff for natural gas in France. However, the company also sells electricity and natural gas at fixed rates (one to four years), as well as green energy (electricity sourced from hydropower, carbon-compensated natural gas). All about how to contact Engie in this other article.
|Historic Gas Supplier
Alternate Supplier for electricity & natural gas
|Natural gas at regulated tariffs
Fixed rates for electricity & gas
|Engie's online-based plan, Happ-e, offers a guaranteed discount compared to the regulated tariff for electricity|
The historic electricity supplier for electricity, EDF (Electricité de France) is also the biggest energy supplier in France, with over 26 million customers (residential and business) in France. Along with its regulated tariff for electricity, EDF also offers green electricity and fixed prices for natural gas supply for residential and business customers. Up until 2017, EDF commercialised the SmartFlower, a revolutionary solar panel, via its Mon Soleil et Moi offer, but the product has been taken off the European market since then.
EDF's renewable electricity and gas options are mors expensive than the regulated tariffs - which is often not the case for its competitors.
|Historic Electricity Supplier
Alternate Supplier for electricity & natural gas
|Regulated tariffs for electricity
Variable rates for green electricity and fixed rates for natural gas
|EDF's rates, whether for electricity or for natural gas, are not the cheapest available on the market|
Created in 2005 by the grouping of several entreprises locales de distribution, Alterna offers electricity and gas supply, as well as green energy, for residential and business customers.
Alterna's rates used to be higher than the regulated tariffs for residential electricity customers but they are now amongst the cheapest. However we can regret that it doesn't publish its gas prices.
|Alternate Supplier||Variable rates||Alterna bases its rates not on the regulated tariff but on its own costs of providing supply|
Antargaz is one of the major propane suppliers in France, but also offers natural gas for customers who have gas heating and consume at least 6000 kWh per year. Antargaz also offers natural gas supply for business customers. Here is how to contact Antargaz.
|Alternate Supplier||Fixed rates (12 months or 24 months)||Antargaz helps customers find financial assistance for gas heating installation|
Like Alterna, Proxelia was created by several entreprises locales de distribution, and is based in the Picardy region. Proxelia offers electricity and natural gas supply for residential and business customers located in the North of France. More about how to get in touch with the Proxelia customer service here.
|Alternate Supplier||Variable rates guaranteeing a certain percentage reduction compared to the pre-tax regulated tariff||Proxelia offers electricity supply or electricity + gas (it is not possible to sign up for natural gas supply only with this supplier)|
Enercoop is a green electricity cooperative founded in 2005. Electricity is produced directly by its members, comes 100% from renewable sources. Members can also choose to invest in Enercoop if they wish (100€ minimum). Enercoop offers electricity supply for both residential and business customers.
While their rates are among the highest on the market, members have chosen Enercoop for its strong social and environmental commitments.
|Alternate Supplier||Fixed rates that change once a year||Enercoop's rates are based on the cost of production rather than on the regulated tariff|
Energie d'ici is one of the few green energy supplier that enables to know where the electricity you use is made. They are a small network of hydroelectricity producers all based on rivers in the south of France. The price is cheaper that the regulated tariffs and fixed for a year.
|Alternate Supplier||Fixed rates that change once a year||Electricity only made from French hydroelectricity plants|
Gaz de Bordeaux
Gaz de Bordeaux is the historical supplier of natural gas in Bordeaux. The company sells its two fixes offers to residential customers nationwide since 2017.
|Alternate Supplier||Fixed rates for 2 or 3 years
Prices not published
An offer with online customer service only
|Renowned for its customer service, we however can not know its prices.|
GEG sells electricity and gas in Grenoble for a century. As the residential market opens more widely in his historical territory where he was on a monopoly 'til 2017, the company launched two national electric offers on the ENEDIS distribution network in june 2017. They are both with online customer helpline only ; and at rates that are guaranteed to be below the regulated tariffs for electricity, even the green one. However the pricing is not easy to understand as it depends on the counter power.
|Alternate Supplier||Discounted rates on both offers||GEG is competitive but there are more interesting offers in the market|
Dyneff is a small gas supplier based in Montpellier. They handle a network of gas stations in the south of France for a few decades and penetrated the national gas market in 2016. They have three competitive offers with guaranteed discounted rates compared to regulated tariffs at the subscribtion.
|Alternate Supplier||Fixed and variable rates
Guaranteed discounted rates compared to regulated tariffs
An offer with online customer service only
|Guaranteed price savings compared to regulated rates|
Mint Energie is a small provider of green electricity founded in Montpellier. They have a paid option that enables to follow its consumption live from its mobile, tablet or computer.
|Alternate Supplier||Green electricity cheaper to regulated tariffs||The provider was the first one to permit to follow its consumption live. Another came with the same option but for free a few months later : Greenyellow|
Greenyellow is a small provider that was launched in mid-2017 by Casino (Monoprix). They sell green electricity and have an option that enables to see its consumption live from its online "Espace client".
|Alternate Supplier||Highly competitive price with guaranteed reduced rates.||Cheaper than the regulated tariff with green electricity and the ability to follow its consumption everyday.|
Lucia Energie is a small alternate energy supplier based in Saint Martin de Londres that was created by the entreprise locales de distribution created in 2007 by the Coopérative d'électricité de Saint Martin de Londres (CESML) in order to be able to sell energy across France.
Lucia Energie offers electricity supply for residential and business customers. Prices are comparable to regulated tariffs.
|Alternate Supplier||One year fixed rates, comparable to regulated tariffs||Some of the electricity supplied by Lucia Energie comes from hydropower produced by its parent company (CESML)|
Selia is a small electricity supplier created by the ELD Séolis (based in Deux-Sèvres).
|Alternate Supplier||Not communicated||Selia does not make its rates available online|
Energies du Santerre
Energies du Santerre is a small provider of electricity and gas from Picardie. It is specialized in fixes prices for both residential and business customers. However their gas prices are not public, which makes the comparison impossible.
|Alternate Supplier||Fixed rates for 1 to 3 years||A very descreet provider that sells average offers.|