(Editor’s note: Rep Gary Glenn, sponsor of
the new bill is also now Chairman of the
House Energy Committee and promises
a hearing this session)
by Clayton Cummins, WILX News 10, Lansing
(full article linked below)
February 8th, 2017 – “There’s a move in the state legislature to get rid of fees that utilities charge to customers who want to keep their “old meters”.
This bill hasn’t been formally introduced just yet and Representative Gary Glenn (R-Midland) is working to get support for it.
… In addition to waiving the opt-out fees, the legislation would allow home owners to self-read their meter by just taking a picture of it and sending it in.
The utility could check the meter quarterly to confirm they’re not being misled.
Rep. Glenn tells News 10 the choice should be up to the home owner.”
“As long as those utilities are a state privilege monopoly given the right exclusively to deliver electricity, then we are going to protect homeowners from that kind of monopoly policy,” said Rep. Glenn. “Trying to force certain technology on homeowners against their will or if they refuse to have it installed, charge them.” More