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Michigan lawmaker proposes smart meter opt out

6:29 AM, Feb 28, 2013   |    comments
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A Republican lawmaker wants Michigan residents to be able to opt out of so-called smart meter installations.

Rep. Tom McMillin of Rochester Hills introduced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit utilities from giving discounts to customers who install the meters. It would also limit the number of times the utility can read data from the smart meter each month.

Smart meters allow utilities to monitor electricity use without sending a reader to each house. Proponents say smart meters can alert utilities of outages and cut costs.

But McMillin says some residents have "legitimate" privacy and health concerns and should not have to pay fees for opting out. Some have raised concerns that electric signals used in smart meters may contribute to health problems.

AP

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