What Can We Do to Stop Smart Meters

STOP SMART METERS

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

The challenge is formidable. Consumers Power says they have already committed to buying these meters.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
➢ Sign the petition asking for a moratorium on the installation of these meters in Ottawa County until all health, safety, grid security, privacy and unknown IT costs and issues have been made known and resolved.
➢ Educate yourself, talk to your neighbors. We have petitions you can get signed and take to your local governing agency: i.e. township, city and county boards. Ask for local legislation to prohibit the installation of “Smart Meters”.
➢ Keep abreast of local efforts to stop “Smart Meters” by visiting the website: stopsmartmetersgr.wordpress.com
➢ Show up. Get out for information meetings, ask questions and protest. This will build awareness of the problem.
➢ Spread the word! Talk to your friends, neighbors, relatives. Use your facebook, twitter and email account to share news and progress on the smart grid moratorium.
➢ Write letters to Consumers Power and Michigan Public Service Commission and our state Rep stating you do not want a smart meter installed on your home.

Consumers Power                                                     MPSC
Roger Morgenstern                                                   Commissioner Greg White
1 Energy Plaza Drive                                                 P.O. Box 30221
Jackson, MI 49201-2367                                         Lansing, MI 48909

Michigan 89th District Representative: Amanda Price, N-1193 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514

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5 responses to “What Can We Do to Stop Smart Meters

  1. Looks like a great new website! I don’t see any contact information. Please contact me to see how we can coordinate our efforts between Grand Rapids and Detroit area!
    Vigilant Dave

  2. Brian Broderick

    I live in Rochester Hills, Michigan. I sent the MPSC a letter objecting to the replacement of my current meter with a smart meter on the basis that my current meter is fully operational. According the MPSC regulations under Rule 16, the replacement of facilities relates to rejected or inaccurate meters (basically non-operational meters). In Detroit Edison’s filing for the smart meters, it did not get a waiver of Rule 16.
    Listed below is a copy of my letter (with my name and address left out) sent on December 2, 2011. As of January 3, 2012, I haven’t received a reply.

    LETTER SENT BELOW:
    December 2, 2011

    Chairman John D. Quackenbush
    Michigan Public Service Commission
    6546 Mercantile Way
    Lansing, Michigan 48909

    Replacement of Accurate Meters with “Smart Meters” Under R 460.116 and MPSC Letter of November 22,2011

    Dear Chairman John D. Quackenbush:

    On November 15, 2011, I sent a letter to DTE Energy stating that it does not have my consent to install “smart meters”, advanced metering or related facilities. A copy was forwarded to the Michigan Public Service Commission (“Commission”).

    By a letter dated November 22, 2011, the Michigan Public Service Commission’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs sent me a reply (“MPSC reply”). This letter provided the following information:

    At the time, there is no ability to opt out of Detroit Edison’s (DTE’s) smart meter program. The MPSC does not regulate DTE’s business practices relating to their smart meter program. Please keep in mind, by not allowing DTE to install a “Smart Meter” at your location you will be subject to disconnection of your electric service based on the following Consumers Standards & Billing Practices for Electric & Gas Residential Services rule:

    R 460.137 Shutoff permitted.
    Rule 37. Subject to the requirements of these rules, a utility may shut off or terminate service to a residential customer for any of the following reasons:
    (e) The customer has refused to arrange access at reasonable times for the purpose of inspection, meter reading, maintenance, or replacement of equipment that is installed upon the premises, or for the removal of a meter.

    As a utility customer, my concern with the above MPSC reply is that it states, “The MPSC does not regulate DTE’s business practices relating to their smart meter program.” However, Detroit Edison Company’s (“Detroit Edison”) advanced metering program required Commission approval. In Case No. U-16287, the Commission states, “…Detroit Edison indicated that it requests a temporary waiver because the company is in the process of replacing current residential metering devices with advanced metering technology.”

    Another concern with the MPSC reply is it does not reference R 460.116 (“Rule 16”) that specifically relates to the replacement of metering facilities. A shutoff under R 460.137 for the replacement of facilities relates to Rule 16:

    R 460.116 Meter accuracy, meter errors, meter relocation.
    Rule 16. (1) Meters with actual readings that are rejected by the utility billing system for 2 consecutive months because they are outside the expected range of the customer’s usage for the premises shall be reviewed by a billing specialist, investigated, and, if necessary, the meter shall be repaired or replaced.
    (2) Meters recording usage inaccurately shall be repaired or replaced by the company. Any meter in service that remains broken as determined by a specific test of the meter or that does not correctly register customer usage for a period of 6 months or more shall be removed and customers will not be required to pay bills generated from these meter readings beyond the 6-month period from the date the meter malfunction occurred. This rule does not alter the provisions of R 460.3613 governing the testing and replacement of electric meters and R 460.2353 governing the replacement of gas meters.

    R 460.116 governs the replacement of facilities. My current meter is currently functional. Detroit Edison has been reading my meter for over the past 20 years. There has been no problem with its accuracy.

    My position is summarized below:

    · I do not give consent to replace my currently functioning metering facilities, unless by further reflection the MPSC deems such action is allowed by law or its regulations.

    · Detroit Edison is welcome to read my current meter. They have been reading it for over the past 20 years.

    · My objection is to the replacement of my currently functioning metering facilities with the advanced or smart metering. A shutoff under R 460.137 for the replacement of metering facilities must meet the requirements of Rule R 460.116 (Rule 16). In accordance with Rule 16, my meter is fully functional and not subject to a shutoff under Rule 37.

    In Case No. U-16287, Detroit Edison received a temporary waiver under R 460.3613. Such waiver primarily relates to sample lots. R460.3613 is referenced in R 460.116. Other than the sample lots, the Commission’s waiver did not abrogate the requirements of Rule 16. Detroit Edison’s own filing indirectly indicates that the replacement of metering facilities is subject to the requirements or R 460.116.

    In an era of electrical deregulation, unbundling, and customer choice, the regulatory trend is toward consumer choice and interest. I believe the Commission should allow customers the alternative choice of keeping their functioning existing meters.

    Sincerely,

    Attachment

    c.c. Detroit Edison Company, One Energy Plaza, Detroit, Michigan 48226-1221

  3. Please drop me an email so we can coordinate efforts.

  4. Please leave contact information on our Detroit area group called:
    michiganstopsmartmeters.com
    or email me at fdshel@yahoo.com

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