DETROIT (AP) — A state report on so-called smart meters says consumers should be allowed to skip the high-tech devices that keep track of electricity usage.
The staff of the Michigan Public Service Commission says the meters have an insignificant health risk and are considered safe technology. DTE Energy has installed more than 800,000 in southeastern Michigan and wants to have 1.2 million in place by the end of next year.
Consumers Energy is aiming for nearly 2 million by 2019. Other smaller Michigan utilities also use the meters, which allow companies to track consumption without sending a meter reader.
DTE Energy says it plans to propose an opt-out option this month. The attorney general's office is concerned that people might have to pay more to skip the new meters.