Smart Meters – Should We All Opt-Out?

Michigan Stop Smart Meters is putting on a free public information program in the immediate wake of the decision by the Michigan Public Service Commission to allow DTE to charge people for “opting out” of having a “smart” meter.  We will discuss the pros and cons of accepting DTE’s new opt-out program and paying the new “opt-out” fees. This program will take place on Tuesday, June 18, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library located at 500 Olde Town Road in Rochester.

The dangers of the new “smart” electric meters to privacy, health and the environment will be explained, as well as pending legislation proposed by state Rep McMillin and 7 co-sponsors.  The bill’s sponsor has indicated he may make an appearance at the meeting to answer questions about his proposal.

DTE reports nearly a million of the new meters have been installed and that their goal is 2.6 million. The devices have been installed in much of Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties. There will be an overview explaining why utilities want to install these devices, followed by more detailed presentations on the health and privacy implications, and what is being done in Lansing and in the courts to ensure that utility customers do have a choice. Presentations will be followed by a question and answer period.

Speaker David Sheldon holds a B.S. degree in physics and economics from Western Michigan University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.  In addition to a technical understanding of the new meters, he brings knowledge of how the climate of opinion on them has been radically transformed over the last two years.

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