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An anti-Linky municipality loses a battle against Enedis
For nearly two years, a commune in Seine-et-Marne has been at war against Enedis and Linky meters. The town hall had issued an order stipulating that no meter can be installed without the consent of the user. However, this measure has just been rejected by an administrative court.
As you probably know, the Linky meter crystallizes many concerns and faces fierce opposition since its launch in 2015 in France. Some blame him a lack of transparency in electricity consumptioncases of overcharging while others denounce harmful effects on health, in particular concerning electrosensitive people.
In this regard, thirteen plaintiffs with electrohypersensitivity (EHS) won their case against Enedis. As a result, the company must commit to “clean up” the electricity of users affected by this pathology. Of course, many mayors have decided to legislate to prevent the installation of Linky meters in their city. This is the case of the town hall of Chauconin-Neufmontiers, in Seine-et-Marne. In 2020, a decree was published to limit the establishment of Linky among the inhabitants of the municipality. According to the town hall, these devices are “expensive, intrusive and incomprehensible”.
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Enedis wins a new battle against anti-Linky
With this decree,no communicating meter (Linky type or other) may be installed without the consent of the inhabitants of the accommodation concerned. This consent must be duly collected in writing by Enedis, or the company in charge of the installation, which will inform the town hall before any intervention”.
After two years of legal battle between the town hall and Enedis, the French company finally won the fight. Indeed, Enedis had requested the cancellation by a request registered on May 25, 2020 and won its case thanks to a decision of the administrative court of Melun on February 10, 2022. As a result, the mayor’s decree was canceled. At any rate, this is a symbolic victory for Enediswhich still aims to equip all French homes.
At the beginning of March 2022, the Energy Regulatory Commission revealed the amount of the additional cost in the event of refusal to install a Linky meter. Thus, recalcitrant French people will have to pay €8.30 every two months, or €49.80 per year. This sum is intended to cover the costs “generated by this refusal” and the use of an old generation meter.