Smart meters: France’s Engie offers ‘Dolce weekend’ tariff

Linky smart-meters stimulate economic growth
France has deployed more than 250,000 Linky smart meters in the cities of Lyon, Tours and the surrounding areas

In Lyon, France, GDF Suez or Engie as it is now called, has launched its first commercial offer specifically for consumers with Linky smart meters.

According to French newspaper La Tribune the tariff, called the ‘Dolce weekend’ offer, extends peak hours on weekends with a proposed 30% reduction in tariffs.

Solene Jaboulet, a marketing executive with Engie, says consumers will be able to benefit from a 30% discount for electricity used between 11pm on Fridays and 7am on Mondays. The offer is also available after 11pm each weekday night, until 7am the following morning.

“For a household with an annual consumption of 10,000 khw and a bill of 1,500 euros, an estimated annual savings of 60 to 130 euros [is possible],” Jaboulet says. The offer is aligned with a guaranteed regulated tariff for two years.

Since 2009, some 257,000 Linky smart meters have been deployed in the cities of Lyon and Tours and surrounding areas.

Jaboulet goes on to say that Engie is working with consumers to provide coaching as to how best to manage and use electricity.

This is the first offer exclusively for Linky smart meter customers and is only a small taste of what will eventually be offered by utilities across France.

“Between 2018 and 2020, 50% of the fleet of electric meters will be [upgraded to] Linky [smart meters], and it should reach 90% by end 2021,” says Cécile Villard-Coudron, networked meter programme director at Engie.

The utility has 20,000 consumers using Linky smart meters and hopes to attract more with the “Dolce weekend” offer. Engie has confirmed that a similar offer should be available to consumers who do not have smart meters toward the end of the year.

Gazpar smart meter

In September 2014, Sagemcom, Itron and Elster were among companies selected to build smart gas meter Gazpar for Engie subsidiary, GrDF.

New name for changing energy landscape

GDF Suez has, as of 24 April 2015, changed the name of the company to Engie.  According to a company press release, the new name is to reflect the changing world in which utilities operate.

Says Gérard Mestrallet, chairman and CEO of ENGIE: “This new name is an expression of our new corporate ambition whose conduct I entrusted to Isabelle Kocher, deputy CEO and chief Operating officer.

“With a presence in 70 countries throughout the world and across every energy source, ENGIE aspires more than ever to be the benchmark energy player in fast growing markets and the energy transition leader in Europe.”