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The Michigan House Oversight Committee will hold a special hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, regarding the oversight by the state of the controversial “smart meters,” a high-tech alternative to conventional utility meters that are being foisted on consumers, in many cases, without their consent.
State Rep. Tom McMillin, committee chair, called the hearing after being contacted by many constituents and other citizens about privacy, health, and safety concerns relating to the meters. The smart meters are electronic devices attached to homes that remotely report, through radio frequency waves, when and how much electricity is used by homeowners.
“With this hearing, we’re giving the people of Michigan an open and transparent platform to not only voice their concerns but, hopefully, have them addressed by public utility officials,” said McMillin, R-Rochester Hills. “Residents have contacted my office, terrified that their power will be shut off after receiving letters from utility companies threatening to do just that if they don’t allow a smart meter to be installed on their home, even though they have a perfectly working analog meter.”
Resolutions, expressing concerns with smart meters and their oversight, have been approved in over thirty-five communities across the state, including the Boards of Commissioners in Oakland and Macomb counties.
Residents can testify during the committee hearing or submit written testimony. Representatives from the Michigan Public Service Commission, DTE Energy, and Consumers Energy have been invited to testify and respond to citizens’ concerns.
The meeting will take place in Room 519 of the Anderson House Office Building, Lansing and start at 3 p.m. (or after the House session convenes).
For more information, interested parties can contact McMillin at TomMcMillin@house.mi.gov, or by calling (517) 373-1773.
Tags: privacy, Smart meters, Tom McMillin, transparency, utlities
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