From the end of the 19th century, large-scale production of electricity became possible and the first technical applications saw the light of day: the second industrial revolution had begun!

Electricity now represents a large proportion of the energy consumed worldwide. It has moved into every part of our everyday lives. Over the last few decades, electricity production from renewable energy sources has been developing to meet the new needs of our time.

Discover the history of electricity and its new challenges.

Between 1999 and 2007, France’s electricity supply market progressively opened up to competition. Opening up the market now means consumers are free to choose their electricity supplier and the offer that best suits them.

Focus on the opening up of the electricity market in France

Following the opening up of the electricity market, the roles of the various players have been redefined and new entities have emerged. How is the operation of the network and consumer access organized?

Discover French electricity market players

Electricity prices are set in different ways: on the wholesale market, and sale by mutual agreement directly with the producers or via an intermediary. Alternative suppliers also benefit from regulated tariffs under the ARENH scheme for nuclear electricity production.

With the opening up of the electricity supply market, alternative suppliers are able to offer competitive prices.

More about setting electricity prices



Last updated on 21/03/17