More Smart Meter Evidence in Rate Case

DTE Residential Customer Group
Weighs In Against Smart Meters

A group of DTE residential customers, organized by Dominic and Lillian Cusumano, and represented by attorney Don Keskey, has done a number of things so far to advance the case against mandatory smart meters:

  1. Sponsored the testimony* of Geoffrey C. Crandall, an expert witness with considerable prior experience in utility hearings. Mr. Crandall graduated Western Michigan University in 1974 with a B.S. in business and pre-law. He was hired in 1974 by the Michigan Public Service Agency (MPSC) where he worked for 15 years. During that time he testified as a witness in over 40 MPSC utility cases. Since then he has been Vice President of MSB Energy Associates Inc., a consulting practice.

    Mr. Crandall has written several articles published in the Public Utilities Fortnightly, Electricity Journal, Natural Gas Magazine and a number of proceedings of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. He has also testified before Congress and before the public utility commissions of at least a dozen states.

    Much of his testimony focused on the accounting aspects of the advanced meter program. It was argued, for example, that DTE was not using reasonable life expectancy for the new meters when it prepared its cost/benefit analysis. Mr. Crandall also made the case that Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) erred in authorizing smart meters as the default meter and should have required that advanced meters be offered to customers on an opt-in basis, rather than opt-out.

  2. Conducted discovery on DTE with respect to its smart meter accounting practices, tax treatment of smart meter expenditures, accelerated depreciation, etc.
  3. Conducted a vigorous cross-examination of Mr. Robert Sitkauskas, General Manager of DTE’s smart meter program.

Much has been accomplished by counsel for this group so far to develop an evidentiary foundation for later calling into question the smart meter program when the group files its brief in this case. Any who are inclined to make a donation to this group’s expenses should email Dominic and Lillian Cusumano at:

* Mr. Crandall’s testimony was written testimony and not subject to cross-examination at a hearing. This was a result of an agreement between attorneys on both sides.

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