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Tarif Bleu in France: A Guide to the EDF rate in 2019

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The Tarif Bleu is the EDF regulated rate for electricity. Fixed by the French authorities, it is the most popular energy subscription in France, albeit not being the cheapest. The following article goes into detail about the different Tarif Bleu prices and options, the payments methods, how to change to another energy offer and more.

The Tarif Bleu: prices and options

One of the most subscribed to energy tariff in France, the Tarif Bleu by EDF is targeted at households and professionals alike, who have a meter with a power equal or inferior to 36 kVA. This is not a one-size-fits-all tariff, rather it offers different pricing options. All the details are below.

The Tarif Bleu with the Base option

With the Base option, a unique price is set for every kWh consumed, regardless of the hour of the day or day of the year, with these set prices details as follows:

Prices for the Tarif Bleu EDF with the Base option - January 2019
Power Price of the subscription (with tax) Price of the kWh (with tax)
3 kVA €91.92 €0.1452
6 kVA €110.52 €0.1452
9 kVA €130.32 €0.1469
12 kVA €150.96 €0.1469
15 kVA €170.88 €0.1469
18 kVA €191.52 €0.1469
24 kVA €237.72 €0.1469
30 kVA €283.80 €0.1469
36 kVA €320.28 €0.1469

The Tarif Bleu with the Heures Pleines/Heures Creuses option

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With this option, the price you pay for each kWh consumed will depend on the time of day. There are two set rates: a cheaper one applied to 8 hours of the day (called heures creuses, as in off-peak hours) and another more expensive one for the 16 remaining hours (called heures pleines, or peak hours).

The exact hours will be detailed in the EDF electricity bills. Typically, the cheaper rate can be set from 10pm to 6am, so it will thus work out cheaper to do laundry or let the dishwasher run during the night, and can overtime help you save a good amount of money. Some appliances can even be programmed to function entirely during these off-peak hours.

Grille tarifaire du tarif Bleu d'EDF en option Heures creuses - January 2019
Power Price of subscription (with tax) Price of kWh - heures pleines Prix of kWh - heures creuses
6 kVA €123.60 €0.1580 €0.1230
9 kVA €151.32 €0.1580

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12 kVA €177.24 €0.1580

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15 kVA €201.36 €0.1580 €0.1230
18 kVA €223.68 €0.1580 €0.1230
24 kVA €274.68 €0.1580 €0.1230
30 kVA €299.52 €0.1580 €0.1230
36 kVA €337.56 €0.1580 €0.1230

The Tarif Bleu with the EJP option

The EJP option is no longer on the market as it stopped being offered in 1998 Hwever it is still running for customers who subscribed to the offer before that year. The EJP option applies tariffs 4 times as expensive during 22 days of the year - all during the winter - and tariffs twice as cheap during the remaining 323 days.

The Tarif Bleu with the Tempo option

The Tempo option has more or less replaced the above EJP option. It is a quite complex system, as it works with 6 different tariffs - blue, white and red, each segmented into heures pleines (HP) and heures creuses (HC) - that are applied depending on the day of the year.

Prices for the Tarif Bleu EDF with the Tempo option - January 2019
Power Annual subscription (with tax) Price of the kWh (with tax)
Blue - HC Blue - HP White - HC White - HP Red - HC Red HP
9 kVA €147.96 €0.1104 €0.1329 €0.1255 €0.5558 €0.1323 €0.5413
12 kVA €172.92
15 kVA €183.60
18 kVA €200.88
30 kVA €286.68
36 kVA €328.56

Billing and payment methods

The Tarif Bleu billing options

With the Tarif Bleu, customers have the choice of either:

  • Getting billed on a monthly basis: in this case, the amount to pay is set through an estimation of annual consumption, which is then divided by 12 and evenly spread over the course of the year. If there have been an overestimation then you will receive the due refund, just like you may need be asked to pay an extra charge eventually of your consumption has been underestimated.
  • Getting billed every other month: in this case, the client can either opt to pay based on an estimation, or pay based on actual consumption. In this second scenario, the customer has to read of his or her meter every other month and communicate the displayed digits to EDF.

The payment methods accepted for the EDF Tarif Bleu

For monthly billing, the only payment method can only be opted for through direct debit. For every-other-month billing, the payment methods are the following:

  • By credit card, on the online EDF customer account or over the phone by calling 0800 123 333 (automated service)
  • Direct debit, a hassle-free method but that is only available for payments over 10 or 11 months
  • Cheque
  • Documentary collection
  • Cash, in which case the customer will have to create a “mandat compte” at La Poste (the French postal service). Ask for a “Convention Cash Compte EDF” so as not to pay any fees.

The evolution of the Tarif Bleu over the past years

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The Tarif Bleu is not set by EDF itself but by a French public institution, the Energy Regulation Commission (CRE). The prices are fixed so as to cover all of EDF’s functioning costs - network maintenance, production, commercial costs… - and these have been increasing over the past 15 years, albeit a slight decrease in 2016.

Prices are set to continue into increase in future years, as revenues haven’t been sufficient to cover all of EDF’s costs, in particular those relative to the company’s nuclear plants. The increases will also be due to higher taxes on energy consumption, which go towards investments in green energy.

With this in mind, it is not surprising that customers are taking advantage of the new and cheaper alternative energy suppliers appearing on the French market, in an effort to limit the impact of their bills on their budget.

The Tarif Bleu and EDF Services

The Relevé Confiance

As mentioned above, the Relevé Confiance service enables EDF customers to pay for their exact consumption and not for an estimation of it. This system gets rid of any over or underestimation risks, and the issues these create - either having to wait months before getting a refund after being charged, or receiving an unpleasantly high bill to make up for an ongoing underestimation.

This option is free and isn’t too constraining. Every 2 months, EDF will send the customer a reminder to do the due meter reading. The only thing to do is to take note of the it just requires to take note of the digits on the meter, and transfer them to EDF via the online platform or over the phone. The customer will have 4 meter readings to do per year, and 2 are done by an Enedis technician who will come round to their home.

The EDF mobile app

EDF et Moi, the EDF mobile app, is a service that will help you monitor your Tarif Bleu subscription. From there you can for instance:

  • Pay your bills
  • Get started with the Relevé Confiance system
  • Change your payment method
  • Download important supporting administrative documents
  • For those subscribed to an EJP Tariff, get access to the EJP tariff applied to any given day
  • Access important EDF phone numbers
  • Track your energy consumption and see how it evolves month after month
  • Get an understanding of which are your main sources of energy consumption and compare them to similar households
  • Get personalised advice on how to reduce your energy consumption and reduce your electricity bills

The e.quilibre service

Another useful EDF service is e.quilibre, which can be accessed online via a customer account. This service helps you:

  • Track your energy consumption and see how it evolves month after month
  • Get an understanding of which are your main sources of energy consumption and compare it to similar households
  • Get personalised advice on how to reduce your energy consumption and reduce your electricity bills

Alternatives to the Tarif Bleu

Being subscribed to by 8 out of 10 households in France, the Tariff Bleu is still the most popular in France - but not the cheapest. Terminating an energy contract is relatively easy, plus there are other options you could consider - find out about some of them below.

How to terminate a Tarif Bleu contract

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The process of changing energy suppliers is free, easy and straightforward: it only takes one phone call, that’s it.

In France, as a particular individual, you are not required to be tied to a provider or contract for any specific duration, so you can cancel your subscription at any time. No technical operation is needed, as the electricity remains the same. Only your bills and the price you pay will change.

With this in mind, it may be worth considering changing your energy provider - especially if you a subscribed to a regulated tariff offer.

Need help with changing your energy contract?Call our English-speaking advisors at 09 87 67 37 93, Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 8 pm and Saturday from 9:30 am to 6 pm, to help you cancel or switch your energy service to a supplier that best meets your needs. You can also get a free callback or send us an email.

Alternate electricity suppliers and offers

Since 2007 in France, the energy market is open to competition, meaning you are totally free to unsubscribe from the Tarif Bleu and instead choose a cheaper, alternative electricity provider, such as Direct Energie, Total Spring, Planete Oui...

Here is a selection of some of the cheapest electricity suppliers as of 2019:

Selection of some of the cheapest energy suppliers in 2019
Offers Benefits Contact
Logo Direct Energie
Direct Energie Offers
  • Offers customised tips to reduce energy consumption, along with a % discount on kWh prices compared to the EDF regulated tariffs.
09 87 67 37 93
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total-spring
Total Spring
  • Offers a green electricity deal with a % discount on kWh prices compared to the EDF regulated tariffs.
09 87 67 37 93
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happ-e
Happ-e
  • Offers an online deal with a % discount on kWh prices compared to the EDF regulated tariff.
09 87 67 37 93
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