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Since December 2015, the electricity distributor ENEDIS (formerly ERDF) installed the first Linky meters. By 2021, all 35 million electric meters should be replaced by Linky meters. But anti-linky voices protest against this project: fear of electromagnetic waves, increased billing, piracy of personal data... So a question arises: Can we refuse the installation of a counter Linky home? Answers below...

Linky meter: what does the regulation say?

The consumer is bound to EDF / ENEDIS by a contract of commercial law. In accordance with Article 6-2 of EDF's general conditions of sale, the Linky electricity meter does not belong to the consumer. Indeed, the counting device is provided and installed by Enedis and is therefore part of the licensed field.

Article 6-3 states that " The counting device is maintained, checked and renewed by ENEDIS ". The cost of repairing or replacing the elements of the counting device is therefore the responsibility of Enedis.

But can we refuse to install a Linky meter at home?

Anti-linky voices rise... .
Many small towns opposed the deployment of Linky meters. they would be 240 in number (source: refus.linky.gazpar.free.fr). However, their requests remain illegal. Three of them were even attacked by prefects before administrative courts.

On the technical side, Enedis's agents work directly replacing old meters which are outside the dwellings. The counters that are inside need the consent of the inhabitant. In case of refusal of the installation, the mediators of Enedis give explanations on the phone: Linky operation, no risk to health, the advantages of the new meter...

What consequences in case of refusal Linky?

The customer who opposes the installation of a Linky meter is exposed to a risk of cutting off its power supply.

A tax of 19 euro HT / month would also be studied by the Energy Regulation Commission for a consumer who refuses the installation of Linky. But to date, this tax is planned and is not applied. This fee of 19 euros would correspond to the technician's trip to read the meters. Indeed, the main advantage of Linky is to be able to record data remotely.

In conclusion
The generalization of the Linky meters is well underway and completely legal and free. Refusing the installation of a Linky meter at home is therefore difficult, if not impossible. Moreover, in 2012, the UFC-Que Choisir had taken action against the generalization order Linky, but without success.


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