MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - New "smart" electronic meters are starting to be installed in most of Muskegon and Oceana Counties. Consumers Energy says the meters make it easier for them and their customers to track daily energy use, but a meeting is being held Thursday night in Muskegon asking people to fight the switch for their own good.
Thousands of people in the state have already had "smart meters" installed. According to Consumers Energy, the meters sense energy consumption at specific times, and send that information to the company through a cellular type of device. Some people love the system calling it more convenient and easier to manage their energy use.
Consumers says, smart meters also let the company know immediately when there is a power outage or interruption.
The company is in the process of installing the meters state wide, but that concern some people, who say these devices are making them sick. Most of the people making that claim so far, are from the Detroit area; the first place the meters were installed in Michigan. Members of the group, "Michigan Stop Smart Meters" are making the trip ou this way tonight to share their stories of what they call neurological, hormonal, and metabolic damage.
This group says the damage is being caused by non-ionizing radiation released by the meters. The meeting is Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the blue and gold room at Muskegon Community College. A couple speakers will give presentation on radiation, and your options. There will be time for Q&A after.
Consumers is not requiring you to make the change over to a smart meter, but if you want to stay with your old one, you may be asked to pay an extra fee in the future.
Smart meters will start to be installed in Kent county, this spring.