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DTE and Consumers to Propose ‘Smart Meter’ Opt-Out

from: michiganstopsmartmeters.com

February 18, 2012 – In an interview which appeared today in MiTechNews.com, DTE spokesperson Len Singer said the utility will propose, in a filing with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) next month, an opt-out provision for customers.  He indicated that his company recognizes this is an “extremely emotional issue” for some, but that the company still believes the meters are safe and has no plan to halt or slow down ongoing installations.

A spokesman for Consumers also stated that his company will propose an opt-out in a filing due next month under the terms of the MPSC Order that opened the current investigation.  This company plans to start installations of the new meters this summer.

No details are available as yet regarding either company’s opt-out proposals – such as what the alternative to the smart meter would be, who would be eligible or what fees, if any, might be charged for not accepting the smart meter.

There is much that remains to be accomplished.  We still think the MPSC needs to conduct a thorough and unbiased investigation of the possible health effects of these new meters and the ‘mesh networks’ required to operate them.  We also think the Commission needs to declare a moratorium on any further smart meter installations until such a health study has been completed.

We believe it is as important as ever that the legislature enact some smart meter protections for the public.  There are fundamental social and moral issues – including health, privacy and property rights.  These are not just details that should be worked out by a regulatory commission that seems more comfortable when dealing only with rate issues.

Still we think that today’s announcement  represents a major breakthrough.  We are cautiously optimistic.

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In UK, Smart meters for energy to be voluntary

Plans to force households to have energy smart meters installed have been   shelved over health and privacy fears.

Smart meters for energy to be voluntary

Smart meters communicate remotely from households to energy companies Photo: REX
Rowena Mason

By , Political Correspondent

6:30AM GMT 01 Feb 2012

 The Government had promised that every household would have a smart meter by   2019 in a £12 billion programme to stop gas and electricity bills being   estimated.

Officials are devising plans to allow people to reject the smart meters, which   communicate remotely from households to energy companies.

The move is a victory for campaign groups and backbench MPs, who raised   concerns with ministers that the devices emit electromagnetic radiation 24   hours a day and cannot be turned off.

Privacy campaigners were worried that half-hourly data on energy usage   collected by smart meters could give clues about people’s way of life, such   as when someone is on holiday, at work or asleep. Sources in the Department   for Energy and Climate Change said the proposal was shelved to avoid the   programme getting “bogged down” in lengthy legal disputes.

There has been a public outcry recently about the potential health effects of   smart meters in the US and Canada.

About 400,000 have been installed in British homes. Most of the devices emit   similar radiation to mobile phones, microwaves and wireless internet.

Campaigners are worried about the build-up of such devices in the home.

Some people claim to be sensitive to electromagnetic fields, saying it gives   them symptoms such as nausea, fatigue and headaches.

In America, utility companies have been hit with multi-million dollar class action lawsuits from people who have had the devices installed in their   homes.

Regulators say smart meters are safe. But protesters point to the American   Academy of Environmental Medicine’s opposition to the devices.

Bill Esterson, MP for Sefton Central, is now urging the Government to say   whether smart meters will come with health warnings.

Charles Hendry, the energy minister, said: “We believe people will benefit   from having smart meters. But we will not make them obligatory.”

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