Market share of electricity suppliers in France 2019, by market segments

 As of the first quarter of 2019, the market for power supply of major and average-sized nonresidential sites was offered mainly by historical electricity suppliers, whereas small sites and residential sites received electricity at regulated tariffs: More than 70 percent of residential sites were supplied with electricity by the French supplier Électricité de France (EDF) at regulated tariffs.  

Electricity market in France

   On the French electricity market, historical suppliers – considered as such when commercializing or having commercialized energy at regulated tariffs – hold a market share of more than 70 percent. This share has however declined from 79 percent in the first quarter of 2018 to 74 percent in early 2019. Meanwhile, the market share of alternative electricity suppliers has increased continuously during the same period and reached 23 percent in the first quarter of 2019.  

Expectations towards power supply among the French

 The importance of low electricity prices is something that 63 percent of French people mentioned when answering to a survey regarding the most important aspects of electricity in April 2019. In second place came the expectation of limited environmental impacts of power production for half of respondents to the same survey. Indeed, more than half of French surveyed in 2017 considered that investments in the electricity sector should be assigned in priority to renewable energies before nuclear power. Still, the French public opinion was rather evenly split between supporters of nuclear electricity production and critics.

Distribution of the retail electricity market between alternative and historical suppliers in France on the 1st quarter 2019, based on market segments

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

March 31, 2019

Supplementary notes

* Alternative suppliers: new businesses, as opposed to historical suppliers.

** Historical electricity suppliers: Électricité de France (EDF), local power supply companies and their subsidiaries. An historical supplier can not be considered as an alternative one outside of its historical service area (see the website of the Commision de Régulation de l'Energie (CRE))

*** Regulated tariffs only available by EDF, as opposed to market price sales available by historical and alternative suppliers.

Market segments:
Major non residential sites (43,000 sites): with a subscribed power between equal or above 250 kW. It includes major industrial sites, hospitals, supermarkets, large buildings (yearly consumption usually above 1 GWh).
Average non residential sites (449,000 sites): with a subscribed power between 36 kVA and 250 kW. For instance SMB facilities (with a usual yearly consumption set between 0.15 GWh and 1 GWh).
Small non residential sites (4.53 million sites): with a subscribed power below 36 kVA. Usually includes non residential mass market (independent professions, craftsmen...). Their yearly usual consumption is set below 0.15 GWh.
Residential sites (32.19 million sites): with a subscribed power below 36 kVA. Their yearly consumption is usually set below 10 MWh.

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