the last few days have seen the battle of communication between ERDF and the anti-Lynky go up a notch. The site online by Stéphane Lhomme, city councillor in Saint-Macaire in the Gironde, identified 29 municipalities that refuse the systematic deployment of the connected electric meter Linky. It is obviously much compared with the 36,000 communes of the country and then only ERDF has deploy Linky 35 million by 2021. Nevertheless, protests receive media coverage increasingly broad and the movement of rejection could extend. ERDF tries to counter a grumbling that if it broadcasts via the media and especially social networks, could well disrupt the deployment of objects connected without precedent in France.
The national media are beginning to relay the message of anti-linky
“Linky: the power to say no”, “organized the resistance against the Linky counters”, “towards the creation of a collective of the refusal of the Linky meter”, “survey: 80% against Linky!”, these are the few press titles compiled by Stéphane Lhomme on the page “Panic at ErDF” of its website dedicated to the refusal of Linky and Gazpar connected meters. What appeared be far as a simple protest as any innovation movement (or change any) is gaining momentum, especially with the mass media, television and radio included. Thus, the France 4 “On n’est pas des pigeons” TV show, a report on the deployment of Linky points the strengths of the connected meter but also a lot of fears it raises. Bernard Lassus, Director of the program Linky in ERDF struggles to convince her interlocutor of the energy savings that the counters will generate. The argument of the devices to disconnect the night that would represent 5-10% of the electricity bill means, but it is Nicolas Mouchnino, responsible for mission in UFC that choose which tip the fact that Linky does not a real-time display of consumption which would have no doubt helped subscribers to track consumption unnecessary. The argument of the need to have Internet access to view its consumption is more questionable since it is not obliged to consult its consumption if there a Linky. In addition the consumer will have to pay for actual consumption and the tolerances in terms of power will be much more reduced with Linky. In addition, power consumption will be relieved remotely, as well as current can be cut for bad payers remotely. In short, consumers take little advantage of Linky and lose some largesse.
The message sent on health risk will be difficult to counter by ERDF
if these arguments can be relatively easily countered by ERDF, the instigator of the Linky may have much harder to do with health risks to smart metering of all types. The application of the precautionary principle by the elect might well do very poorly at Linky.
An article in support of the association of the Robins of roofs stresses that the Linky generates more data than you might think. The network architecture chosen by ERDF is that each meter relays data from the counters of a group of subscribers so that Linky does not communicate only 5 seconds per day, but realized very numerous exchanges of data during the day via the electricity network. This complements the radio transmissions via repeaters placed in the streets. In was not more for the Robins of roofs to shoot an arrow on Linky.
Besides the electrosensitive people who seem to also receptive to CPL and Wifi, the opponents of smart meters highlight who filed the electromagnetic waves as “carcinogenic potential”. Many associations now evoke the dangers of communicating meters and many cite the case of an American school equipped with smart meters and where on 137 recruited teachers, 16 reached one or more cancers. A study by S. Milham and L. Morgan, two American researchers, was published in August 2008 in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. It establishes a link between these cancers and the communicating meter installed in the school. However, this study has been questioned some years later by Frank De Vocht, a researcher at the University of Manchester, whose analysis was published by Nature. It points to the lack of rigor of the study and delivers therefore questioned this link between the installation of the meter and the appearance of these cancer cases.
If researchers are, once more, divided, Linky, just like any electrical appliance, actually emits an electromagnetic field and is on this map that ERDF has chosen to communicate. The french electricity grid manager has just published a small story that staged an engineer of the Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d’Essais (LNE). It tests the electromagnetic radiation of the Linky counter and shows, graph in support, that the small french counter emissions remain below the European standard 2004/108. This will be enough to disarm the anti-Linky, we can doubt.
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“Linky, the meter which is controversial”, France 4 TV show “On n’est pas des pigeons”, February 29, 2016
< a href = “http://www.erdf.fr/webtv?keywords=linky & sort=date-desc”> “Le LNE tests the electromagnetic radiation of the linky meter”, ERDFWebTV , February 23, 2016 ”
“A new electromagnetic exposure metric: high frequency voltage transients associated with increased cancer incidence in teachers in a California school.”, research paper from < a href = “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Milham%20S%5BAuthor%5D & cauthor = true & cauthor_uid=18512243”> Milham S 1, < a href = “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Morgan%20LL%5BAuthor%5D & cauthor = true & cauthor_uid=18512243”> Morgan LL, 2008
“‘‘Dirty electricity’’: what, where, and should we care?”, Nature, March 24, 2010