Ann Arbor family has power shut off by DTE in dispute over installing new SMART meter on their home
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) – Tuesday night was a night for sitting around the fireplace for the Cleary family. That’s because the Ann Arbor family is presently without power.
DTE Energy shut off power to the house late Tuesday morning.
“We were doing a sewing lesson in my basement and, all of a sudden, my sewing machine stopped and the iron shut off and the lights went out, everything went dead,” said Molly Cleary.
Cleary is a nurse. Her husband is a surgeon. She told 7 Action News she has concerns about the electromagnetic radiation some people have associated with the smart meters. DTE has installed 1.5 million advanced meters on homes in communities across metro Detroit.
DTE says research proves the smart meters are not a health concern.
“I don’t want the SMART meter on my house,” Cleary said. “I think there are still emissions from it. I want to keep my analog reader.”
Following the advice of a grass roots group fighting smart meters, Smart Meter Education Network , Cleary locked her meter. That prompted a letter–and warning–from the utility. DTE said her action was illegal and they had the right to shut off service.
“They disguise this; I’m creating a health hazard and a safety hazard for my neighbors by having a lock on my meter as a way to strong arm me and bully me into forcing me to put that smart meter on my house because that, really, is their ultimate goal,” Cleary said.
Because she didn’t respond promptly to the letters sent by DTE, she’s spending the night in the dark.
The letter left today by workers for the utility provided instructions on how to get service re-connected as well as opt-out of the utility’s advance meter program. She’s declined to do that thus far, because she didn’t like terms of opt-out.
“They said I have to remove the locking device, which I’ve done, and it’s been off since noon or 12:30, but I still don’t have power,” she said.
And while she wants her power restored, Cleary insists she still does not want the smart meter installed on her home.