Editor’s Note: After receiving further information on the court’s decision, it became clear that he did not confirm the order of the mayor of Blagnac, but struck it out.
However, he left intact the section saying that Enedis should respect the rights of residents to refuse entry to their property and should also respect their right to refuse any information collected by the Linky to be passed on to a third party.
The inhabitants of Blagnac (Haute-Garonne, Occitanie) are now legally authorized to refuse the installation of Linky energy meters in their homes, a French court ruled.
Toulouse administrative tribunal this week ruled in favor of the local municipality of Blagnac, against the meter manufacturer Linky, Enedis.
Residents can now legally refuse entry to installation teams, and outright refuse the meter, via a letter sent directly to Enedis.
The mayor of Blagnac, Joseph Carles, had previously published a decree prohibiting access to a property by the Linky Enedis company to install the meter, without the owner’s agreement.
The court accepted and upheld the order.
The court also clarified that residents could prohibit Enedis from sending data from a Linky meter without an explicit agreement.
There are today nearly 700 municipalities in France who came out against the counters.
As in many other municipalities with similar policies, Mr Carles based his decision on the data sharing guidelines of the National Freedoms and Technology Group, the National Commission for Computing and Liberties (CNIL).
After bringing the case to the administrative court, Mr Carles ‘decision was upheld, confirming the residents’ freedom of choice.
Linky meters have controversial for some time, with some reports suggest that they can actually increase electricity bills rather than lower them, share too much data on their users’ habits, and even pose a health risk.
In his defense, the maker of Linky Enedis argued that the meters do not increase billing costs and are free to install.
He claims that the meters constitute a “modernization of the network” and in fact give users – who are already 10 million in France – more control over their energy consumption in real time via a secure website.