Getting Our Smart Meter Law Passed

An Innovative High Tech Plan to Reach
All Voters in Key Legislative Districts

As most of you know by now, a smart meter bill to promote customer meter choice has been introduced in the Michigan House by Rep. Gary Glenn. The proposed legislation, HB 4916, has bipartisan support, including 8 Republicans and 4 Democrats.

If this bill is to become law, house members and particularly members of the House Energy Committee must hear from their constituents. Educating the public on the harm caused by smart meters has been a long process. Too many still do not understand what a smart meter is or why they should be concerned. We have had particular difficulty getting our message out to younger voters. These folks often seem to spend more time on their electronic devices than they do on more traditional modes of communication.

A plan has been launched to get our message in front of all who voted in 2014 in key districts. Andrea McNinch, building on a proposal first put forward by David Lonier, and also drawing on her experience using high tech software in her business, has offered her services to make this campaign the kind that will reach many we have had difficulty reaching in the past.

A small group of us met on 10/23 to hear these proposals by David and Andrea. Donations will be needed to help pay for the direct mail part of this campaign. David Lonier has agreed to act as treasurer for this purpose. If you can help please contact him at (248) 373-9111 or

Stay tuned for further announcements!

28 thoughts on “Getting Our Smart Meter Law Passed

  1. Re: the Phaseback I do have additional information and an attachment the company sent showing before and after displays of noise (with and without the Phaseback). I can forward this to you, if you provide an email address.. Thanks!

  2. My wife started getting sick shortly after our Smart meters were installed. Yes we have 2. She has constant dizzy spells and nausea. We have been out of town for 2 weeks and here issues have gone away. They also found a cancerous tumor earlier this year that was removed.

  3. I phoned every representative on the Energy Committee, and told them: “Even though I am not in your district, I want you to know that I have had a problem with smart grid noise for 3 years in my home, ever since smart meters were installed in my neighborhood. I am calling in support of the Analog Choice bill. I feel it is important for people to have access to solutions which I feel this bill will provide.” Let me add, though, that the problem is bigger than a single smart meter. The “smart grid noise” induced by the full architecture of this system is problematic. Noise from other people’s smart meters and other smart grid system components will still be a problem. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the opt-out meter is a solution. I have an opt-out meter, and there is a constant, audible noise in my house — a chronic irritant. With an analog meter you won’t pay the opt-out fee and you won’t be left wondering whether DTE even bothered to turn off the radio transmissions from your meter!

    • CA–What does the noise sound like? I am hearing a noise as well. Sometimes it is quite faint, but it seems to always be there. I have searched the Internet for a like sound, and I guess I would have to say that it sounds like some kind of pulsed frequency. There is a pattern to it, and it is somewhat high pitched.

      • High pitched intermittent sort of pinging noise? I hear that, as well as other more constant noise. Some research suggests the meter’s wireless transmissions resonate on the wiring of a home, and on metal in the home. Other research refers to the “Frey effect” or radio-frequency hearing, which is still not well understood. The problem I have is in trying to identify just what it is that I am hearing, but there is no doubt that it started all of a sudden one day, and hasn’t stopped since.

    • CA, I think it likely that what you are hearing is caused by the “dirty electricity” circulating through your home wiring. These cause varying magnetic fields throughout your home which (unlike the radio frequencies) are in the audible range. They might interact with objects to cause physical vibrations that would be audible. Your own “opt-out meter” will cause this problem. In addition you very likely are getting such interference from your neighbors smart meters since these undesirable frequencies, mixed with the 60 cycle current will travel from any smart metered home back up to the transformers at the pole and from there into other homes.

      It is also the case that the radio frequencies given off by your neighbors’ smart meters are pulse modulated. You would not be able to hear the radio frequency which is in the microwave range. But the modulation frequencies might well be within the audible range. The output of any one smart meter would consist of a modulated pulse of about 50 ms duration happening typically once every 15 seconds or so – with silence in between these pulses. However you might be receiving such signals from a number of nearby houses and from the transmitter/receiver devices the utility has mounted on their poles. The overall effect could be a more or less continuous noise. Thus I think your comment about “the full architecture of the system” is right on the money!

      • Short of an analog opt-out option, what would you suggest? I have heard about a device called a Phaseback filter. The company states this will eliminate “noise” from the smart meter on home wiring. I wonder whether it will also eliminate noise that comes from other neighbors’ meters, to the transformer, onto my electric supply line and then into my home. What do you think? Any suggestions about someone to hire? I have a person tentatively scheduled to do an EMF evaluation (coming from Kalamazoo), but would welcome suggestions. Thanks so much!

      • CA, If you get more specifics on this “Phaseback” filter please let us know. I would love to provide information for our readers on a specific filter device which is being clearly described by a seller for a known price and known specifications. All I see on the Phaseback website is theoretical information about how different kinds of filters might be used – with no specific models or prices discussed. This is similar to the problem I found with the Satic filters – no specific model number with a defined set of specifications and a defined price.

  4. How do I determine if the smart meter on our house has the RF turned off? I am thinking it may be, as I do not get any spikey or high reads on my RF meter from the smart meter.

    • Elizabeth, Suggest you check your RF meter on a smart meter that you know is transmitting. This will insure that you have the scale set to the correct sensitivity and are watching for spikes at the correct time intervals. If your meter shows the spikes at intervals of about one every 15 seconds on a transmitting meter and shows nothing on your own meter, you will have answered your question.

      • I did get some spikes on my RF meter inside the house, a couple of feet from the wall where the meter is mounted on the other side. The spikes were over a minute apart and went as high as 0.2V/m.

    • Karl, We don’t know when yet. It has to pass out of the Energy Committee before it can be voted on by the full House. The Committee Chairman does not want it to pass or even have a hearing. So our best chance is if some of the legislators who are supporting our cause can manage to attach it to a “must pass” bill that is part of the Governor’s energy package.

  5. DTE is telling me that with the Opt-out option, I will still have the Smart Meter installed but the radio frequency turned off. Do I just have the cage installed? What do I do now?

    • Sheryl, Our advice would be:
      1) Resist installation of any type of ‘advanced’ meter as long as you can. Keep your old analog meter if you can. Understand that DTE WILL install an advanced meter unless you deny them access.
      2) If you deny DTE access you may be able to forestall the inevitable by many months, possibly for a year. One way to deny access is to install a Tatar guard – described and pictured elsewhere on this website. But a time will come when you will receive an ultimatum: “either allow an advanced meter to be installed or we will cut off your power” or words to that effect.
      3) When you get this ultimatum you will have to decide if resisting a smart meter is important enough to you to go off grid (do without DTE services). If you are not able to do without DTE services it is best to let them install a regular smart meter, not the “Opt-out” meter. In this case remove any guard from the meter before they turn off your power. This will avoid a reconnect fee.
      4) Their “opt-out” meter or “non transmitting” meter is largely a fraud as it does not address most of the issues of health or privacy and will cost you a lot of money over the long haul.
      5) You can better protect yourself by installing some shielding in your home. Aluminum window screen material attached to an entire inside wall to block radiation from the meter. The screen must be grounded. There are articles on the internet with details how to do all this. Buy or borrow a hand held RF meter to check the effectiveness of your screen.
      6) There is no escape from the privacy invasion in the long run unless you go off grid.

      • Thank you so much for your reply. Here’s another question though. Why should I let them install a Smart Meter verses the “Opt Out” Meter. Wouldn’t it be a hair better for them to install the alternative meter since they will turn the frequency off?

      • Sheryl, There are three reasons we generally advocate NOT signing up for the “non-transmitting” meter: (1) The high costs this will entail over the years (which will only increase with each general rate increase; (2) the fact that DTE does not always turn off the transmitter even when people are paying the “opt-out” fees, and most people will not know how to verify if the transmitter is off or not; (3) the fact that signing up for a “non-transmitting” meter means you are consenting to installation of a smart meter.

      • Sheryl, yes, it would be a bit better to have them install the opt-out meter. You will not have the RF blasting so close to you inside and outside, and it does make a difference. It absolutely does not solve the problem, because of the dirty electricity.

        But the bottom line is this–keep refusing. Please see the Smart Meter Education Network’s page on how to resist:
        1. What kind of cage or guard to get (Tatar guards are not your best option)
        2. What to do if DTE sends you a letter.

        Also suggest signing up for the Smart Meter Education Network’s regular newsletter, which gives you updates on how to get the Analog Choice Bill passed and on current DTE tactics.

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