News from residents in Michigan — two major utilities (DTE and Consumers) say they are going to submit opt-out provisions in the Smart Meter plans that they’ll submit to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC, which regulates utilities in that state) in March.
The MPSC opened an investigation into Smart Meters in response to residents and local governments submitting complaints and letters about Smart Meter concerns, and after several communities adopted resolutions and moratoriums against Smart Meters. The utilities have until March 16 to submit their Smart Meter plans to the MPSC.
In addition, on Feb. 16, 2012, Representative Tom McMillin (R) of Rochester introduced, along with 8 co-sponsors, Smart Meter opt-out legislation in the Michigan House of Representatives. The bill, H.B. 5411, would prohibit a utility from (a) requiring a customer to accept an “advanced meter”, (b) from refusing to remove one if already installed, or (c) from “imposing any disincentive on a customer for not accepting the installation or use of an ‘advanced meter’.”
Read more details about what the bill would do, and other developments there, on the resident websites of Michigan Stop Smart Meters, W4AR (Warriors for American Revolution), and Stop Smart Meters in Grand Rapids.
These groups are just a few of the many that have formed across the country to oppose Smart Meters. You may have noticed that we’ve updated our links located in the left column of our blog to now list websites for residents groups that oppose Smart Meters, by STATE, and also some websites in Canada, UK and Australia. The anti-Smart Meter sentiment is universal.
Action You Can Take: If you see a group listed in your state or area, join and support their efforts today. If you don’t have an organization in your state or community yet, call up some friends and start one this week!