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Re: New electricity meters
by RobertArthur Fri 05 Apr 2013 17:20

The exact timetable for the introduction of Linky is not crystal clear yet, but ERDF tries to provide some transparency with a special website. There was a special section on this website where you could fill in the 14 digit code of your Point de Livraison (PDL}, to be found on your EDF facture. To get some indication of their timetable. Perhaps I didn't try hard enough, but this service seems to have disappeared. Perhaps a bridge too far because of all the delays. There is now only a general statement: you will be informed in advance.

This is what the ERDF has to say: "Au moment des opérations de remplacement, chaque client recevra à l’avance un courrier l’informant de la date à laquelle ERDF interviendra. Un numéro spécial sera ouvert au public et tous les renseignements nécessaires seront mis en ligne en plus des explications remises au moment de la pose (voir notices en bas de page)."


About the communication possibilities of Linky: it is supposed to talk with CPL encoding, using your electric cable to a so called concentrateur in your local substation. And from there through the air (GPRS) to headquarters. Only one minor problem: most of this telecommunication infrastructure is non-existent at this moment. The not-so-smart-meter approach, le faux compteur intelligent.

Timetable forecasting, personal opinion: Brussels has set 2020 as the finish line for the EU memberstates. In a (desperate?) effort to get somewhere in the neighbourhood of the EU target, 80% level of implementation, the ERDF/EDF will start with the cities, and probably not with far away villages and lieu-dits in the countryside of la France profonde.

Are you being served? My guess is that it will take several years before mr postman brings you the promised ERDF/EDF letter. As long as you belong to a species of mankind generally referred to as " campagnards".

Robert

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Re: New electricity meters
by RobertArthur Fri 30 May 2014 09:53

New minister and the same old song. Mrs. Ségolène Royal, la ministre de l'Écologie et de l'Énergie, wants to speed up the introduction of the new smart meter, so she told the audience of this ERDF conference about the smart power grid. Do you remember? To help you, dear citoyen to control your energy usage and save money. With the help of little digital servants, communicating real time between your meter and ERDF headquarters.

Five days before this event took place, a committee report has been presented to the French Assemblée nationale. An evaluation of the 2008 climate policy measures (le paquet « énergie-climat »). It starts with a summary in ten key points. Under the fifth point, how to reinforce the information to the citizen, there is an old friend, our mr. Linky. Some critical notes: using this smart meter the ERDF will provide you only with aggregated data over weeks or months. If you want a more regular and precise feedback, you'll have to pay for it. If the ERDF gets the communication infrastructure in the air in time....Installing these meters is one thing, embedding them in an effective communication network is step two. Old fashioned solution: old meter + paper + pencil and take some notes every week.

Robert

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Re: New electricity meters
by RobertArthur Sat 11 Mar 2017 14:45

Several years without real new developments here in France. But there might be an input for the ongoing debate. Last week the University of Twente in The Netherlands published an interesting study about the measuring behaviour of smart meters. For the English speaking research world and for those who find it difficult to understand Dutch (or Chinese) there is a press release in English. The readings of several smart meters are – in certain conditions – sometimes much higher than the amount of energy consumed. The Dutch energy providers didn't dare to say words like: this is fake news. Their claim: the youngest generation of smart meters is better. So "only" a possible problem for the 850,000 households with the smart meters of yesterday.

This morning an article in The Telegraph. Earlier this week the German press was not amused (Der Spiegel and the Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung). Silence in the French press, too busy with the presidential elections and PSG after the Barcelona defeat. On the website of the French consumer organisations one comment so far, from my keyboard as Robert Dumoulin. Let’s wait and see if Mr. EDF and Mr.ENEDIS deem it necessary to react and defend their love baby LINKY as soon as the real French journalists wake up.

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Re: New electricity meters
by Freezerbill Sat 11 Mar 2017 22:05

Does the new meter have a digital reading to 'read'? Are there any instructions on how to use? We are buying a house with the linky already installed.

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Re: New electricity meters
by RobertArthur Thu 23 Mar 2017 16:27

The French press – la Tribune and le Figaro – starts asking questions about Linky, taking note of the smart meter study in the Netherlands. ENEDIS and the producers of Linky have reacted, see this press release.

Summary: the findings of the Dutch study cannot be generalised to LINKY, because these meters use a different measurement technology. Not a Hall effect sensor or Rogowski coil, but a low value shunt resistor (single-phase) and/or a special transformer (three-phase). And because LINKY conforms to all the relevant regulations.

This is of course reassuring news. If independent research can confirm these claims it would make the LINKY rollout easier for ENEDIS.

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