Michigan 2017 Smart Meter Bill in Works

(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

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6 thoughts on “Michigan 2017 Smart Meter Bill in Works

  1. Can we install an old style meter on or home along with the new meter? Above the new meter or inside above the panel?

    • Michael, yes you can! This practice is sometimes called “sub metering”. You will probably need an electrician and best place to do this would probably be in your basement. Incoming power would be routed through a meter socket into which you plug an analog meter, before coming into your circuit breaker panel. Doing this would be best possible way for you to determine if the smart meter is overcharging you and to develop the evidence to prove overcharging (if that is the case). An analog meter can be purchased probably for under $20 used and meter socket from a local electrical supply house.

      • Hi Dave,
        Won’t they just say that the old meter is less accurate? Although we know the opposite to be true?

        Thanks for all you do!
        Nicole L.

      • Nicole, If you purchase a used analog meter from Hialeah Meter Company in Florida, you can get one that comes with a certification as to its accuracy. It is extremely rare for an analog meter to give inaccurate usage while quite common for a smart meter to do so. To my knowledge the smart meters they are installing bear no certification from any testing facility that their accuracy has been verified. If you do accumulate proof of overcharges and the utility blows you off you could present your evidence to the Michigan Public Service Commission. If you would like someone to help you prepare a case for MPSC please let us know.

      • Dave. I have purchasrd all new energy efficient appliances . I have installed all led lighting. My electric bill should have gone down. But I also opted out to the non transmitting meter. My electric is now triple what it use to be.

      • Michael, Your tale is a familiar one. There are many such stories elsewhere on this website. Our two largest electrical utilities seem never to admit that their new meters overcharge and generally refuse to send anyone out to check the accuracy of a meter. My suggestion to you is that you install an analog meter in your basement just ahead of the main circuit breaker panel as described in my reply to another comment above. In this way you will be able to accumulate data as to your actual electrical usage to compare with what the smart meter says. Take date and time stamped photos of both meters at least once/month and you will have proof that you are being overcharged!

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