Everything you need to know about natural gas tariffs in France.
Why choose a fixed-price, revisable downwards for natural gas?
Choosing an ENGIE fixed-priced, revisable downwards market package benefits you in at least three ways:
1. Your kWh budget is immune from price increases! The price you pay is fixed and can decrease according to the regulated tariff (2). You switch away from the regulated tariff, but you can switch back at any time free of charge. 2. The Cap EcoConso service to analyze and adapt your personal energy consumption is included with all our fixed-priced, revisable downwards (1). 3. The ENGIE fixed-priced, revisable downwards (2) is simple: your old contract is canceled on the same date as the new one comes into effect.
What is the difference between the regulated tariff and the fixed-price, revisable downwards ?
Every customer is free to choose a package they prefer.
Those who opt for a market package may switch back at any time on request. We call it the principle of reversibility.
The regulated tariffs for natural gas are set by the state on the recommendation of the Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission de Régulation de l'Energie - CRE), and can change monthly.
Fixed-price, revisable downwards allows you to have a kWh price which can decrease according to the regulated tariff. (3). Switching to a ENGIE fixed-price package benefits you in at least three ways:
1. Your kWh budget is immune from price increases! The price you pay is fixed and can decrease according to the regulated tariff (2). You switch away from the regulated tariff, but you can switch back at any time free of charge. 2. The Cap EcoConso service to analyze and adapt your personal energy consumption is included with all our fixed-priced, revisable downwards (1). 3. The ENGIE fixed-priced, revisable downwards (2) is simple: your old contract is canceled on the same date as the new one comes into effect. For more information, take a look at our fixed-pric, revisable downwards natural gas packages.
What does my natural gas fixed-price, revisable downwards or regulated tariff depend on?
Once you have chosen the package that is best for you, your fixed-price, revisable downwards or regulated tariff will depend on:
- the area you live in, because your geographic location has an impact on infrastructure costs - your estimated annual consumption
Your annual consumption is estimated on the basis of the uses you make of natural gas (cooking, heating, hot water, etc.) and the features specific to your home:
- Base level: cooking
- B0: cooking and hot water
- B1: heating, hot water and/or cooking
- B2I: heating and/or hot water in midsize heating plants
Use our online simulator to find out the amount of your standing charge and the unit price per kWh for your natural gas.
How do the fixed-price, revisable downwards and regulated tariff for natural gas change?
The regulated tariff can change every month. It is set by the state on the recommendation of the Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission de Régulation de l'Energie - CRE).
In accordance with the Law of January 2003, it is calculated to cover all the costs met by ENGIE on behalf of its customers: supply, infrastructures (transportation, storage and distribution) and customer relations management. Supply costs can change monthly, and when they do, so does the regulated tariff.
The cost of ENGIE fixed-price, revisable downwards packages : (3)your kWh budget is immune from price increases! The price you pay is fixed and can decrease according to the regulated tariff (2)
Will my natural gas appliances have to be modified if I switch of the contract like Gaz Ajust, Gaz Vert or Confort Connecté? Will there be a break in the energy supply?
No. You will keep the same meter and the quality of your energy supply will remain unchanged. The quality of energy supply and the public natural gas supply network are guaranteed by GrDF. GrDF has a public service mission for all customers, regardless of their energy supplier.
Click here to find out more about. the public service mission of GrDF
Which energy source is cheapest for heating?
Natural gas is still the cheapest energy source for heating.
The annual VAT-inclusive heating and hot water bill for a house heated by natural gas is still 20% below the bill for an equivalent house heated using electricity, and 25% below that for an equivalent house heated using heating oil (4).
To estimate the savings you can make by using natural gas to fuel your heating system, use the Estimogaz calculator on the GrDF website. For more information, take a look at Compare energy prices page.
What is the TICGN, and what impact will it have on my ENGIE bill?
On October 21, 2013, the National Assembly adopted the energy climate contribution (CCE) on its first reading as part of the 2014 budget debate.
As a result of this measure, the internal consumption taxes (Taxes Intérieures sur les Consommations - TIC) on energy products (automotive fuels, coal, gas and heating oil) are increasing progressively over the period from 2014 to 2016 on the basis of their CO2 emissions.
In this context, the TICs for natural gas (TICGN), which have existed since 1986 and are applied to Natural Gas consumed as fuel within France are changing: Collected by natural gas suppliers on behalf of the state, domestic users were exempt until March 31, 2014. The 2013 finance act abolished that exemption with effect from April 1, 2014. Consequently, the TICGN has been applied to your bills for all gas consumed since April 1, 2014.
The amount of TICGN (as provided for in Article 20 of the 2014 finance law) was set by ministerial circular on February 17, 2014.
- The amount payable from April 1, 2014 was €1.27+VAT per MWh (HCV).
- The amount payable from 2015 was €2.64+VAT per MWh (HCV).
- The amount payable from 2016 was €4.01+VAT per MWh (HCV).
- The amount payable from 2017 was €5.88+VAT per MWh (HCV).
- The amount payable from 2018 will be €8.45+VAT per MWh (HCV).
What are the differences between natural gas and town gas?
There is a degree of confusion between town gas and natural. These two types of gas differ not only in terms of their composition and their calorific value (the quantity of heat generated by burning one cubic meter of natural gas expressed in kWh), but also in their safety level.
Town gas is composed mainly of carbon monoxide and dihydrogen. Used in the past for urban lighting, heating and gas cooking, it had two major drawbacks:
- Low calorific value
- High danger levels: town gas contained carbon monoxide, an odorless but highly toxic gas
So town gas was progressively phased out and replaced by natural gas.
The main component of natural gas is methane. Natural gas is naturally odorless, so a compound called tetrahydrothiophene is injected into the gas to give it its distinctive smell.
ENGIE offers you natural gas-only packages, as well as combined gas and electricity packages.
(1) You must activate this service yourself from Your Account.
(2) This free service is a compulsory part of the Gaz Simpl-e offer, excluding Cap EcoConso.
(3) Market package. See details and conditions on the description sheet of Elec Ajust. By subscribing to a market package, you can switch back at the regulated tariff without charges if you consume less than 30 000kWh/year (if you consume more than 30 000 kWh/year, you can't switch back to the regulated tariff for naturel gas). The price excludes any changes made to duties, taxes or contributions of any type.
Revisable downwards : fixed price of kWh HTT, revisable downwards in case of regulated tariff descrease between two dates. This decrease takes effect, for the next year and until the last year of the contract, in the limit of a pourcentage of the price per kWh HTT to the subscription date. See the pourcentage on the description sheet.
Your subscription, excluding taxes, is indexed on the fixed part of the Electricity networks tariffs, which evoluate once per year, upwards or downwards.(4) Sources : databases Pegase SOES, ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.
- Electricity: blue tariff, 12 kVa, Peak/Off-Peak option: 12,000 kWh per year, of which 5,500 are off-peak