EDF Energy – founded by Électricité de France

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Founded in 2002, EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest providers of gas and electricity, and is considered to be part of the so-called Big Six that dominate the industry.

Despite being owned by French company Électricité de France (from whom they take the initials for their name), EDF still has its head offices in the UK, being based in London, England.

While the majority of its business comes through selling gas and electricity to homes – the company claims to currently have 6 million customer accounts on its books – the size and scale of their power production means that they also have a highly lucrative business in selling their excess energy to the national grid and other companies.

Like their competitors E.ON, British Gas and Npower, much of their energy production comes from fossil fuels – however, EDF are the UK’s leading providers of Nuclear power, having eight of their own nuclear power stations as well operating their own wind farms. As lower carbon emissions and green energy become of increasing importance to consumers, EDF appear committed to producing cleaner power in the long term.

In recent times, EDF have endeared themselves to the British public through their adverts featuring Zingy – the little blob of a mascot that stars in their television commercials– as well as being sponsor of London Eye and the Rugby Union domestic cup competition, the EDF Energy Cup.