Decidedly, the Linky meter by no means ceases to arouse controversy. Three years after the UFC-Que Choisir petition “Refuse to pay for Enedis”, the most recent goes again to its cost. So will it be free or paid for shoppers?
In 2018, the UFC-Que Choisir launched its petition “Linky, let’s refuse to pay for Enedis”. Hundreds of hundreds of you signed it. The Parisian has simply revived the controversy by asserting that it would cost shoppers € 15 per 12 months over 10 years, which is exactly the cost introduced by UFC-Que Choisir 3 years in the past.
With nice unanimity and directly, the federal government, Enedis and the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), vigorously contested the statements of our colleague. “The government denies the statements published in the press relating to an increase in electricity bills to reimburse the installation of Linky meters”, instantly reacted the Ministry of Ecological Transition, explaining that “The amount of € 130 installation cost per meter, taken from a report from the Court of Auditors, is not borne by the end consumer. This cost is borne directly by the company Enedis, which recovers it through the operating savings of a more modern, more flexible and better equipped network, making it possible, for example, to reduce the costs associated with meter readings ”.
“Linky does not increase the electricity consumer’s bill. The figure evaluating the impact of Linky at 15 € / year on the consumer’s bill and which may have been included in the press is unfounded ”, echoed CRE. For its half, Enedis assured that its financial savings in expenses “Will offset the sums to be paid for the Linky funding. Consumers will due to this fact not pay a further cost as a result of Linky. “
The account is just not there
It is true that the state of affairs has modified since 2018. At the tip of final 12 months, CRE calculated that the deployment of Linky meters “Helps reduce non-technical losses and recovery costs […]. All this allows savings on network operating costs of nearly 1 billion euros over the next 4 years, which will be returned to consumers. “
But the cost of deploying the Linky meter has been estimated at round 5.7 billion euros, the account is not there. Enedis might finance the bill by lowering its working prices. Otherwise, the excess will be billed to shoppers through the Turpe (Tariff for the usage of public electrical energy networks, paid by shoppers on their electrical energy payments). To date, nothing has been determined.