Will Linky cut off your power this winter during off-peak hours?

A decree published in the Official Journal at the end of September allows Enedis, the electricity distribution manager, to deactivate the signal for 5 million customers of the option during peak hours/off-peak hours. MoneyVox explains what this means for customers.

Can my electricity be cut off between noon and 2 p.m.?

No. When we write that Enedis will be able to deactivate the mid-day off-peak signal via the Linky meters if necessary, this only affects hot water tanks and with limited consequences.

For example, the balloon heating period will take place during off-peak night hours, as is already the case for the majority of customers, instead of taking place at noon. This temporary and very supervised suspension could intervene in order to limit the risk of power cuts this winter during the peak of consumption from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., specifies Enedis MoneyVox. Indeed, it was at the request of the RTE network operator and the public authorities that this decision was taken.

It is only and only if the supply/demand balance were threatened that the implementation of cuts via the medium voltage electrical network and not by the Linky meter could take place.

Why this signal interruption?

This temporary suspension would save the equivalent of 2.5 GW at 1 p.m., ie the equivalent of consumption in Paris, according to RTE estimates. This energy sobriety measure is in addition to the commitment that each French person could make in order to reduce their energy consumption in the service of the collective interest, completes Enedis

Who is affected?

4.3 million households in total could be affected. The customer concerned by this co-gesture must be informed in advance, at least one week before the effective date of the cut.

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This concerns private customers, professionals and local authorities who have subscribed to a power less than or equal to 36 kVA and who have chosen a Peak Hours / Off-Peak Hours subscription with their electricity supplier.

When can this measure be activated?

The decree allows Enedis to intervene between October 15 at the earliest until April 15, 2023 and at the latest until May 15, 2023.

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