Linky counter: Very bad news has just hit all the French!

The Linky meter is a product of Enedis, the company that operates the French electricity distribution network. Enedis is required by law to transition energy to green growth to install smart meters in homes in France. Unfortunately, this deployment is currently facing user reluctance. We explain why.

Linky counter: big wave of protests

In 2015, voted to deploy new types of meters as part of the Green Growth Energy Transition Act.

A year later, Enedis committed to having a digital meter in 35 million French households by 2021. At that time, the company’s leaders did not even suspect that one day they would have to face a dispute and controversy of this magnitude.

Indeed, many people, consumer associations and several hundred municipalities opposed the implementation of the Linky meter.

Additional expenses

It is estimated that 90% of households are now equipped with a Linky meter. However, according to CRE, the number of households without these smart meters will still be 3.8 million.

People who refuse to install a new meter will have to pay an additional fee. Additional costs are estimated at 49.80 euros per year from 1 January 2023.

These additional costs are motivated by the need to send technicians from the national power grid manager Enedis to the address of each person who decides to leave their “old generation” meter for reading.

And this despite the fact that in the new system, information about household consumption is automatically sent to the service provider through the network.

CRE noted that royalties will be assessed in 2025, with costs subject to increase. Enedis, however, is reassuring, emphasizing that the new counters offer a fairer and more accurate count, since the counting is done digitally.

This development will also allow users to monitor their consumption in real time. It will be easier to manage or reduce its consumption. First of all, it will allow us to effectively participate in the energy transition through responsible consumption.

Another advantage put forward by Enedis is the ability to change power easily. Now everything is done online for 3.76 euros, while before it cost 37 euros. So the technician no longer has to come to your home to change the fuse.

Linkymeter: growing controversy

Despite their many benefits, Linky digital counters have been talking about them since 2018 when they were introduced.

Some people point fingers at these counters, accusing them of causing health problems. Others even claim that these devices are capable of transferring personal information from one household to other people.

On top of that, there are those who fear that the introduction of these new digital counting devices will dig a huge hole in the public debt. Reports have even found that these counters contain starch, which attracts ants.

Users expressed their anger on the street at certain times. Business has calmed down somewhat over time and most households now use the Linky meter. There are only 3.8 million die-hards left.

The European Directive is non-binding

A European Commission directive required Enedis to replace 80% of mechanical meters. The deployment of 30 million smart meters nevertheless ran into a court decision.

Indeed, the Bordeaux court held that Enedis could not force consumers to install new meters because the European Commission’s directive was not binding.

In addition to these many hurdles, scammers have taken advantage of this deployment to break into people’s homes under the pretense of installing a new meter. Some think they are agents to steal from users, others force them to change providers without their knowledge.

Enedis also says on this occasion that it does not conduct any telephone or physical campaigning. As part of the installation, you will be notified two to three weeks in advance. If in doubt, feel free to call your supplier.