Short Letter to Energy Chairman

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(date you will send letter)

Representative Aric Nesbitt
Chairman, House Energy & Tech Committee
S-1085 Anderson House Office Building
Lansing, MI 48933

Subject: McMillin “smart meter” bill, House Bill 4315

Dear Chairman Nesbitt:

DTE and Consumers have been installing “smart” electric meters without the informed consent of and sometimes over the objections of Michigan utility customers, insisting they cannot cause harm, despite overwhelming agreement among medical people and scientists that the opposite is true.

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has turned a deaf ear to many hundreds of complaints against the “smart meters”.  On May 15th they issued a ruling that all customers must have a smart meter but some could have the radio turned off by paying an initial fee plus monthly fees indefinitely.

Even with the radio off these new meters cause power quality problems by putting high frequencies and transient pulses, sometimes called “dirty electricity” on home wiring.  Even with the radio off the new meters also pose a severe incursion into the privacy of the home by gathering information about people’s daily routines, types of appliances and medical devices used.  Judging by the experience in other states, it is only a matter of time before people’s private information will be sold to marketing companies, insurance companies and made freely available to police without a warrant, thereby gutting our Fourth Amendment rights.

The recent MPSC “opt-out” policy is no true opt-out at all. and is not acceptable to the growing numbers of people protesting against this radical new technology. The real solution would be a new law that defines the rights of Michigan utility customers to refuse harmful new technology.  Utility customers should have the right to retain the traditional electro-mechanical (analog) meter.  Representative Tom McMillin has introduced a bill (HB 4315) that, if enacted, would do just that. This bill deserves bipartisan support.

Please, as Chairman of the House Energy and Technology Committee, see that this bill gets a fair hearing.  And please consider giving the bill your vote when it comes to the floor.


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