EDF Energy was formed in 2002 and, although it is a French-owned company (Électricité de France), it specialises both in the creation and the supply of energy, electricity and gas to enterprises and homes in the United Kingdom.
It is the largest supplier in the United Kingdom as well as being amongst the biggest generators, which means it has a strong position competitively.
The company generates from various power sources. They emphasise the importance of renewable sources, such as wind power, to form part of a network which will provide the energy of the future.
However, the principal source of their energy generation is from nuclear power (representing 51.6% of their production in 2013-14). This predominantly nuclear-based approach is favoured by EDF due to its reliability and security, and its ability to deliver low-carbon electricity.
EDF believe that this approach will help ensure its vision for the supply part of their business: providing the lowest price for consumers for a sustainable and low-carbon energy future.
edfenergy.com is a highly informative and ergonomic site, easy to use for a wide variety of people. Of interest to consumers of energy (for both home and business), it is possible to get quotes and view tariffs. A great variety of tariffs are available, including fixed price. It is also possible to sign up for a smart meter, to take out boiler insurance, submit a meter reading, manage existing accounts and find out how to save energy. The customer service team can also be contact, making complaints via the site or by a telephone number which is clearly displayed.
For businesses specifically, in addition to the above, there are a variety of discounts and reductions available, for example, 7% discount off the electricity bill for choosing a monthly payment method of Direct Debit.
Interested members of the public can also learn on the site more about the way the business functions, with detailed sections on the power stations they already have in their portfolio, plans for building new stations and the EDF approach to important issues, such as safety.
Prospective employees can also benefit from detailed information on what it is like to work at EDF and the culture of the work place, and an impressively stocked Frequently Asked Questions section gives many hints and tips ranging from Graduate scheme application tips to job opportunities.