PAUL AND CAROLYN TORMALA
AARP (American Association of Retired Persons of Michigan) recently announced that passage of Analog Meter Choice Bill HB4220 is one of its top 10 priorities for 2018.
Gary Glenn, sponsor of the bill, said people are looking for affordable ways to be able to keep their analog meters without paying to do so. The opt-out costs $67.50 initially plus $9.80 monthly for the meter to be read. The term opt-out is false as you will still get a “smart meter” not an analog meter. The company agrees to shut off the radiation that measures usage, one of the two non-ionizing radiations to your home. All over Michigan people are paying opt-out fees, then finding that the company has NOT shut off the usage phase as well as being sent an estimated bill but still paying $9.80 for the meter to be read monthly.
AARP is concerned over costs and in their announcement quoted the opt-out fees. Michigan Public Service Commission held hearings last month on complaints of raising costs of electricity which in some cases had doubled and tripled. There is much more to the company making money from opt-out fees. PEAK USAGE, the rate for daytime hours will cost you more money. The company will not have to pay meter readers. They also will sell your personal energy usage information which they say is worth more than all other fees combined. A smart meter has a second radiation which cannot be turned off and allows the company to control shutting off your appliances, air conditioning, and electricity without notice.
Costs are a major concern. No one is talking yet about fires, meters exploding, health consequences, and use of intimidation to get you to accept a smart meter.
House Bill 4220 would require utility companies to allow consumers a CHOICE between a traditional meter and a smart meter also called an “advanced “ or AMI meter. Utility companies could not charge a fee for removing an advanced meter that was installed before passage of this bill.
The Meter Choice bill needs two votes to get it out of committee and onto the House floor. It has to pass the Senate and then be signed by the governor. Contact your state representatives and senators and ask them to
Vote for Meter Choice HB4220. For complete instructions on how to contact your state representative and senator, visit SmartMeterEducationNetwork.com.