“Buy now, pay later”, according to the proponent of Deferred Payment Services, is a catchphrase that has convinced many payment services such as PayPal. But not only private individuals can take out loans for purchases with a repayment interval of several months. And when this happens at Enedis via its Linky meters, it creates a new controversy.
As reported by Le Parisien newspaper, Enedis will begin to repay its € 5.39 billion loan, relying on its customers to do so. For every household equipped with a Linky electricity meter, he must prepare to “free up to an additional fifteen euros on his annual bill for the next seven or eight years,” said a source close to the file.
Enedis has installed no less than 32 million Linky meters in households with the latest news, which is 90% of its customers. However, the company had planned a deferred reimbursement of costs.
Today’s announcement is painful enough that authorities have long claimed that the new connected installation to monitor their electricity consumption would cost nothing more after their home appliances … and especially not for the consumer who was in the obligation to buy new equipment to install .
Of the 5.39 billion euros invested on the occasion, Enedis would have released only 10% of its equity. The rest would come from that famous loan that enables today’s tariff deferral and was negotiated with the European Investment Bank at an interest rate of 0.77%.
For customers, the interest rate set by Enedis and mentioned by the Paris sources would be 4.6%. According to the latest estimates, Enedis will receive back EUR 500 million on this occasion in addition to the repayment of its loan, all thanks to its customers.
Of course, the subject is complex as Linky meters are touted as good news for better power management. The simple fact that the meter is plugged in allows us to know which of our devices are consuming the most and can lead us to replace a lightbulb or unplug a power-consuming device.
However, Enedis cannot get the message across, and Sophie Dessillons, assistant director of networks at the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) interviewed by Le Parisien, commented that it “is possible, but we still lack studies solid enough to show it.” to confirm”. it’.
Overall, every household should have to reimburse the devices and their break in the next few years for a lump sum of 130 euros.