DTE and Consumers to Propose ‘Smart Meter’ Opt-Out

February 18, 2012 – In an interview which appeared today in MiTechNews.com, DTE spokesperson Len Singer said the utility will propose, in a filing with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) next month, an opt-out provision for customers.  He indicated that his company recognizes this is an “extremely emotional issue” for some, but that the company still believes the meters are safe and has no plan to halt or slow down ongoing installations.

A spokesman for Consumers also stated that his company will propose an opt-out in a filing due next month under the terms of the MPSC Order that opened the current investigation.  This company plans to start installations of the new meters this summer.

No details are available as yet regarding either company’s opt-out proposals – such as what the alternative to the smart meter would be, who would be eligible or what fees, if any, might be charged for not accepting the smart meter.

There is much that remains to be accomplished.  We still think the MPSC needs to conduct a thorough and unbiased investigation of the possible health effects of these new meters and the ‘mesh networks’ required to operate them.  We also think the Commission needs to declare a moratorium on any further smart meter installations until such a health study has been completed.

We believe it is as important as ever that the legislature enact some smart meter protections for the public.  There are fundamental social and moral issues – including health, privacy and property rights.  These are not just details that should be worked out by a regulatory commission that seems more comfortable when dealing only with rate issues.

Still we think that today’s announcement  represents a major breakthrough.  We are cautiously optimistic.

Click here to read the source article.

4 thoughts on “DTE and Consumers to Propose ‘Smart Meter’ Opt-Out

  1. I commend the EMF Safety Network and the ppleoe in the greater SF Bay area and Marin County for their dogged persistence in challenging Smart Meters, a grave menace to public health, our liberties, freedoms, and privacy. If this precedent is allowed to exist, we shall lose far more. Even with just this outrageous device, the following can (and likely will) happen:1. the health of Americans will be destroyed. I have all but one symptom named in a report of health effects from RF radiation – and that includes a new, disturbing, virulent form of skin cancer on my face (smart meter located by head of my bed).2. hackers, government, or private companies could choose who to sicken with radiation exposure – no one would be safe. They would have a device on our homes and buildings that can be dialed up to sicken or even kill the occupants. This is not science fiction, this is a reality, now.3. privacy destroyed – our indoor air space permeated with radiation emissions, where once, we had the choice to have a healthy home4. privacy destroyed – data gathered on our activities and how often we are there, this can be hacked into or misused by government or private companies5. security issues6. interference with other devices, including medical devices and technologies in the home. This can be deadly. A man in my Smart Meter-blanketed-neighborhood with pacemaker and defribrillator dropped dead suddenly, unexpectedly. His device stopped working, I was told.7. Power given over to government, corporations (often owned by international interests), terrorists/hackers who can now harm us in our homes from a great distance.This is outrageous and must not be tolerated. I hope the National Tea Party and any others who are seeing the extreme dangers of Smart Meters and the entire plan will step up and raise the issue up to the highest levels in all our states and in Congress.

  2. Pingback: Michigan residents report opt-out legislation and provisions « Burbank ACTION

    • I live in a large seniors’ cpeolmx with many separate HOAs, some comprised of attached condos. All it takes is for one owner to contact the gate guard notifying them that the installers can be admitted, and they can go ahead and install smart meters wherever they choose, since we do not all have individual gates around our property. At a meeting of my HOA tonight it was clear that no-one in the small group knew anything about smart meters or why they might want to refuse their installation even if they could. The business office informed me that decisions regarding smart meters will be made by individual HOAs. By definition, many of our residents are elderly and in fragile health. How on earth do we protect people who may not understand the threat to their health that these meters represent, or have the means to prevent Edison from replacing their analog meters? I tried to provide some information and printed materials to those at my meeting, and have put myself on the delay list in the hope that the present situation with PG&E may force reconsideration by Edison and at least permit an opt-out. But I am one person among hundreds here! Any advice for homeowners with no gates to lock?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s