You are here
Energy Suppliers in France
With 1.6 million customers in 2016, Direct Energie is the largest alternative energy supplier in France. The company was founded in 2003 and offers both electricity and gas supply for residential and business customers, at reduced rates compared to regulated rates.
Direct Energie customer service has won several awards for its quality, including Service Client de l'Année (Customer service of the year) for eight years running. As is the case for all energy suppliers in France, Direct Energie's offers are sans engagement (contract-free), meaning you can switch suppliers at any time without penalty and with relatively little hassle.
|Alternate Supplier||Guaranteed discounted rates compared to regulated tariffs||8 time customer service award winner|
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 14% 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.
|Alternate Supplier||Fixed rates (3 - 4 year price freeze)
Guaranteed discounted rates compared to regulated tariffs
|Guaranteed price savings compared to regulated rates: Eni will reduce fixed rates once a year if regulated rates fall|
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.
|Alternate Supplier||Guaranteed discounted rates compared to regulated tariffs||Planète Oui's rates are the lowest on the market for small electricity consumers (3 - 6 kVA)|
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.
|Alternate Supplier||Fixed rates (12 months or 24 months)||Antargaz helps customers find financial assistance for gas heating installation|
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 two years for electricity, one, two, or three years for natural gas), as well as green energy options (electricity sourced from hydropower, carbon-compensated natural gas).
|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.
EDF's renewable electricity option is not necessarily cheaper than the regulated tariffs.
|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 guaranteed to be the cheapest available on the market|
Founded in 2010, Lampiris is a relatively recent arrival to the French energy market. The electricity supplier specializes in green energy, with its electricity supply offer sourced 100% from renewable sources (a combination of hydroelectric, wind, biomass, and cogeneration).
Lampiris offers electricity at fixed rates guaranteed to be below the regulated tariff for electricity (for one year).
|Alternate Supplier||Fixed rates for one year||Lampiris offers a one-year fixed rate that is guaranteed to be a certain percentage below the pre-tax regulated tariff at the time of subscription|
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.
|Alternate Supplier||Variable rates||Alterna bases its rates not on the regulated tariff but on its own costs of providing supply, which means that savings are not always guaranteed|
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.
|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 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|
Enalp was created in 2006, by the merger between four entreprises locales de distribution in the Rhone Alps region and two other energy generation and supply companies (La Compagnie Nationale du Rhône and Electrabel). Enalp focusses mainly on electricity supply for ski resorts, but does offer options for residential customers based in the Rhone Alps region.
Enalp's electricity supply comes 100% from renewable sources (primarily from hydroelectricity). Contracts are for one year (12 months), and can be renewed.
|Alternate Supplier||Same as the regulated tariffs||Enalp customers can have electricity from renewable sources for the same price as the regulated tariffs|
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)|
Along with green electricity supply, Energem offers natural gas supply for customers in the north of France (in the Metz area). Prices are roughly the same as the regulated tariffs.
|Alternate Supplier||One year fixed rates, comparable to regulated tariffs||Natural gas only available for customers in the areas surrounding Metz
Energem's electricity is 100% sourced from renewable content (produced by its parent company)
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|