According to Consumers Energy, the technology will be installed in portions of West Michigan in mid to late 2012 — and installations will be completed statewide gradually over an eight-year period.
Spring Lake resident Milton Redick, who spoke at the meeting, said he was opposed to the installation of the meters and hoped they were something that residents could opted out of.
“We respectfully request a moratorium on the installation of ‘smart meters’ until more studies can be conducted,” he said.
Like many in attendance, Redick cited concerns about health due to the electromagnetic fields emitted by the meters, loss of jobs, privacy issues due to the meters tracking energy usage and the possible inaccuracy of the meters.
Michigan Public Service Commissioner Greg White said that officials in attendance at Thursday night’s meeting were listening to the concerns regarding “smart meter” technology. He encouraged people to write to all levels of government to voice their concerns about the planned deployment.
According to Consumers Energy, the benefits of “smart” technology is that customers may experience shorter power interruptions because of improved outage management, fewer estimated bills, and improved service and reliability.
Residents have organized an informational meeting on stopping new meters. The meeting is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave.
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