our history

Since its creation in post-war France, the EDF Group has become the world’s largest power company and a global leader in low-carbon energy. As part of the EDF Group, we provide energy, services and expertise to businesses across North America.

1946

Post-war France is free, but the power grid has been destroyed. The French Government creates a state owned utility, EDF. A year later, EDF begins work to re-build the transmission grid, energizing the future.

1953

On July 4th, the Tignes dam (Savoie) is inaugurated by President Vincent Auriol. It is then the highest dam in Europe.

1963

Commissioning of the first nuclear power plant in France in Chinon.

1973

EDF announces the launch of its first 13 nuclear power stations. In 1977, Fessenheim, becomes the first power station to generate energy using enriched uranium. In 1980, the Gravelines nuclear power station comes online.

1992

EDF makes first international investments, in South America and then Europe.

1999

EDF Trading Ltd, a joint venture between Louis Dreyfus (LD) and EDF, is created to financially manage EDF Group’s global power generation assets. In 2004, EDF Trading buys out Louis Dreyfus and becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of EDF Group.

2008

EDF Trading Limited acquires Eagle Energy Partners in Houston, Texas, and renames the company a year later. EDF Group now has a marketing and trade, generation services, and commercial and industrial retail presence in North America, in addition to its Renewables and Innovation companies.

2017

EDF Trading (EDFT) and JERA create joint venture, with EDF owning 33%.

2018

EDF moves its Houston headquarters to Houston’s central business district and celebrates 10 years as an EDF Group entity.

2019

JERA and EDFT announce joint venture expansion by adding LNG optimization and trading to their current coal business. They rename the company JERA Global Markets, making EDFT a leader in the world’s LNG market. The North American operations take on the management of daily activities while anticipating the Freeport LNG terminal opening.

2019

EDF combines its trading and services businesses to provide more market access and a wider variety of solutions to its customers.