Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Consumer Energy Installing RF-Transmitting Gas Meters in Areas Served by DTE Electric.

Consumers Energy is installing "communicating modules" for gas meters where they provide gas service but DTE provides electric. A person will drive by to read them. These may be traditional AMR meters, which transmit only when a gun is pointed at them. On the other hand, they may be an ERT meter that is emitting RF radiation 24/7.

The only way to know is to email Consumers and ask them to send you the data sheets on this meter. In addition, ask them for the brand and model of the meter. Please email us the info at SmartMeterEducationNetwork@gmail.com.

Consumer Energy Installing RF-Transmitting Gas Meters in Areas Served by DTE Electric.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

DTE's Latest Intimidation Tactics

People continue to resist DTE’s forced installation of smart meters, refusing to cave in to their shut-off notices and threats. This has left DTE confounded and uncertain and unable to settle upon a decisive course of action. Over the last two-and-a-half years they have continually reinvented their letters, notices, and threats in the hopes that they find some magic bullet to stop the resistance. Bottom line: Your resistance is working! DTE is not shutting off electricity to most customers to whom it sends notices (and, in a crazy twist, it is shutting off some customers who agree to allow a smart meter to be installed on their home).
Because of the strong resistance DTE is showing, and because of the publicity around the relatively small number of shut-offs, DTE is now going door-to-door, threatening customers with analog meters that if they do not accept the smart meter, their electricity will be shut off. They are hoping that people get scared and let them put a meter on, on the spot. For the most part, customers continue to refuse installation, and those customers are not being shut off.
Below we discuss some of the history of these notices and customer responses. Following that, we outline what you should do if you get a shut-off notice, some other kind of letter, or DTE personnel banging on your door or visiting your property.
Following that, you will find our original pages on what to do if you get a letter from DTE. DTE is still working to complete its initial installations in the northern parts of its territory.
Table of Contents
1)      Recent History of Letters and Shut-offs
a)      Shut-off Notices, the First Incarnation
b)      Unsuccessful, DTE Reverts to Its “Health and Safety Hazard Letter”
c)      Confounded Because Most Customers Refuse to Cave in, DTE Decides That a Gift Certificate Combined with a Shut-off Notice Might Induce People to Call and Accept the Smart Meter
2)      Even People Who Call to Accept the Smart Meter Have Been Shut Off
3)      What DTE Is Trying to AccomplishRather Unsuccessfully
4)      DTE’s Most Recent Tactic, as of Mid-November 2017
5)     What to Do If You Receive a Shut-off Notice or Other Threat
6)       
Recent History of Letters and Shut-offs
Shut-off Notices, the First Incarnation
DTE began sending out actual shut-off notices to customers in August 2017. As usual, they have tried varying tactics. In one instance, they sent shut-off notices to at least 11 Ann-Arborarea residents. Eight people refused to respond to their letter. A protest was held at the home of Linda Kurtz, leader of the Smart Meter Education Network. DTE never showed up at her home, and never shut off her electric service. DTE did shut off most of the other customers, but did not do so in one day. Channel 7 did a story on the shut-offs, we were featured on the front page of the Ann Arbor News, and appeared on MLive and in other outlets.
Unsuccessful, DTE Reverts to Its “Health and Safety Hazard Letter”
Perhaps because of the publicity, DTE reverted to its previous letter that asserts, without foundation, that a locked meter is a health and safety hazard.  DTE, with the blessing of the Michigan Public Service Commission, was using this letter as a pretext to shut off electricity to customers who did not want smart meters. (Read this and this to learn why a locked meter is not a hazard.) DTE had been sporadically sending this letter out since March of 2015. When sending the letter out, it tried various tactics to get people to cave in: Sometimes it sent the letter to customers scattered widely across its service territory, some over 100 miles apart. At other times, it would select customers in one city. In every case, DTE has hoped that customers would cave in. They hoped that the customers receiving the notices and getting shut off would talk to each other, and that everyone would then fold, accepting the smart meter without a fight. Most customers refused to fold. After nearly two-and-a-half years of that pretextual letter, DTE moved to an actual shut-off notice. When that didn’t work in Ann Arbor, DTE went back to the “health and safety hazard” letter, sending it out just a couple of weeks later to customers in the Brighton area. While some customers did call DTE and accede to their demands, most did not. DTE was foiled again, and state representative Lana Theis is fully on board with Analog Meter Choice!
Confounded Because Most Customers Refuse to Cave in,
DTE Decides That a Gift Certificate Combined with a Shut-off Notice
Might Induce People to Call and Accept the Smart Meter
Hmm, thought  DTE. What do we do now? Yeah, we get a few people caving in here and there, but mostly people are refusing. So DTE reverted to the shut-off notice that Linda Kurtz and others had been sent, but with a twist. It now threatened customers with shut-off, yet inexplicably added a carrot, a special offer for its “valued customers”: 
DTE sent out scores of these letters threatening an October 23, 2017 shut-off date, and has sent out a few threatening a later date. Most customers have refused to respond. DTE has shut off customers here and there since October 2017, but is mostly leaving people alone. Of the hundreds of letters sent out, only about 10% of “valued DTE customers” were shut off. That is good odds that you will be left alone!
Even People Who Call to Accept the Smart Meter Have Been Shut Off
 There are also people who called DTE after receiving the shut-off notice. They told DTE they would accept the smart meter (or the non-transmitting smart meter) on their home. DTE scheduled an appointment for meter replacement. DTE went out and shut off some of those people anyway, including 73-year-old Irene Robinson of Hamburg Township near Pinckney. They showed up on a Sunday morning, a week before they were scheduled to replace the meter, and simply shut off her electricity. She’s not the only one. It seems that whether you call DTE or not, your electric service may be cut. It’s all a lottery. If you get a shut-off notice, your electricity might be cutbut it might not. If you call DTE and tell them you will let them place the hazardous smart meter on your home, your electricity might stay onor it might be cut, even though you’ve made the appointment.
What DTE Is Trying to AccomplishRather Unsuccessfully
DTE has tried, through all the iterations of its threats and letters and shut-off notices, to find that magic bullet that will cause not only the person receiving the letter to cave in, but everyone else that person knows, too. They hope that if Mary Jane gets a shut-off notice or is shut off, she will talk to her neighbors who are resisting, inform all her friends and acquaintances, with the end result that all these people freak out and call DTE to accept the smart meter. They have hoped that if they send letters to a few people in widely scattered parts of the state, it will seem like DTE is on the march. It hasn’t worked. They have hoped that if they send letters to a couple handfuls of people in one city, the whole city will cave. It hasn’t worked.
DTE’s Most Recent Tactic, as of Mid-November 2017
DTE’s attempts to scare and intimidate with shut-off notices are producing poor results for the utility. Now DTE is trying yet another tactic. It’s latest letter combines the wording of many different letters it has sent out over the last five years. Here is the letter:
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This letter combines elements of the “health and safety hazard” letter with other features. Among other things, DTEand the Michigan Public Service Commissionhave learned from the formal complaint I, Linda Kurtz, filed against DTE in September 2017. My complaint was denied, yet DTE has now incorporated some of my allegations into its letter. Did you know that according to DTE a deck can be a safety hazard warranting shut-off? According to the letter, you must remove your deck in order to comply with the law. Regarding the cooperation between DTE and the MPSC: I was told straight up by the head of the complaints department at the MPSC that the commission had approved DTE’s “health and safety hazard” letter and was fully supporting its contents and claims.
Most interestingly, DTE has dialed it back once again. This latest letter is not a shut-off notice but instead, like the shut-off notice, a stick combined with a carrot. Continued customer resistance, the many TV news stories, and the concerted work of Senator Patrick Colbeck’s office on behalf of customers who have been mistreated by DTE are having an effect. Goliath is meeting his David.
We post links to media stories on shut-offs on our Alerts and Breaking News page, and also on Facebook.

What to Do If You Receive a Shut-off Notice or Other Threat
1.      Call us at 972-2677 (area code 734), and follow the instructions there for connecting with us.
2.      Don’t call DTE until you talk to us.
3.      Email us with your name, city, county, and phone number and tell us the type of letter you received. If you don’t see it on this site, please attach a copy. Our email address is SmartMeterEducationNetwork@gmail DOT com (replace the “DOT” with a period). Please put “Shut-off Notice” in the subject line so that we can quickly find your email!!
4.      Remember, DTE doesn’t shut off most people.
5.      Calling DTE to allow them to put on a meter guarantees you nothing. You could schedule DTE to come out and put on an opt-out meter or smart meter, and they might come out and shut you off anyway.
6.      Know that if your electricity were to be cut off, you can get your service restored.
7.      Know that we have generators available if necessary.
8.      If you do call DTE:
a.      Every encounter you have with DTE should be recorded. DTE has lied multiple times to many people, but unfortunately people rarely record the conversations.
b.      Get the name (and and I.D.) of the person you talk with. Write down the date, time, and length of the call, and make notes on what was said. Do this for every call, without fail!
9.      Every person who gets a threatening letter from DTE needs to email every single member of the Michigan Legislature. That contact info can be found on our Analog Meter Choice Bill page. All you have to do is copy and paste the emails. There’s no excuse for not letting the legislature know what is going on!
We recommend that you do not contact DTE. As we said, DTE has sent out hundreds of shut-off notices. Only a few handfuls of people have been shut off. Moreover, even if you call DTE and accept the smart meter, they might come out and shut you off! It is better to wait and see what happens. You will probably be passed over. If you call them, you are more on their radar than ever.
Only one person has been shut off  in the last couple of weeks.
If DTE personnel come by your home and threaten shut-off, simply tell them you are not ready to accept the meter. You can read more on our Alerts and Breaking News page.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Empty DTE Threats

DTE is showing up to people's homes with their "bucket trucks" (also called "cherry-pickers), threatening to shut the customer off if the customer doesn't allow them to install the smart meter. Customers who have not received a shut-off notice who REFUSE to let DTE install the smart meter are NOT being shut off. Stand strong!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Customer Medical Complaint to Be Heard by MPSC

After receiving a letter from DTE threatening to cut his electrical power…
DTE customer Tom Mitchell has been granted a hearing by the MPSC based on his hand-written letter which he informed them that due to a common medical condition (Atrial fibrillation:  a condition occurring when the upper chambers of your heart receive irregular electrical signals) he could not live without power or with a smart meter on his home.

MPSC contacted Tom by phone assuring him that his power would not be cut and that he is scheduled for a hearing on the matter.

Tom received a call from DTE telling him, in so many words, to drop his complaint because no one has ever won a case based on his argument.
Tom dismissed DTE’s request and pre-hearing arguments are scheduled for:

Tuesday October 31, 2017
9AM
MPSC Headquarters

Case # U-18445
before administrative law judge Lauren G. Van Steel

A large turnout at the pre-hearing is needed to provide support for Tom and will impress upon the judge that Tom is not alone in his need to safeguard his health from the curse of smart meter radiation. It is not known if there will be an opportunity for comments from anyone other than Tom, but just being there will speak volumes.   

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Unexplained Health Problems Since Smart Meter Installed

When I'm in bed, my head is less then 3 feet from all the utilities coming into my house.
I have multiple health problems since the smart-meter was installed.
I have great Family, Rheumatologist and Podiatrist Doctors who 
and are baffled at my declining health--headaches, muscle weakness and fatigue.
I'm having MRI, MRA and X-rays and hope they can find a cause, treatment and solution! I need this meter removed!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

No More Analogs for Consumers Energy Customers

Consumers Energy no longer allow its customers to opt out and keep their analog meter. We hope that this spurs you to get seriously involved in getting the Analog Meter Choice Bill passed!

Any new customers who call or email to opt out are given only the option of a digital meter. The dirty electricity from digital meters is causing severe health problems for some Consumers Energy customers.

We don't know when Consumers will force its customers who have opted out and currently still have an analog meter to switch over to a smart or digital meter.

Read more about the Consumers Energy opt-out.


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tell Trump: Please Stop the Roll-out of 5G

Ask President-Elect Trump to stop the roll-out of 5G technology, which is more devastating than smart meters and current cell phone technology. If he gets enough comments, maybe he will listen. Here is what I wrote:

Dear President-Elect Trump: I am asking you to please look out for the little guy and stop the corporations from being able to do anything they want, even when it affects people's health. I am one of a growing number of people who are what is known as "electrosensitive." This means that we are badly harmed by radiofrequency (wireless) radiation. The FCC under President Obama has decided to roll out 5G (just like Hillary wanted to give everyone free WiFi). To deploy it, miniature cell towers will be required on literally nearly every utility and light pole. 5G is extremely penetrating--it will go through anything. I already can't spend time outdoors because of all the wireless frequencies. 5G will penetrate my home. It will be deployed in rural areas. There will be nowhere to be safe. Please do not allow the deployment of 5G until it has been PROVEN to be safe! No safety tests of any kind have been done on it. I hope you will differentiate yourself from the Obama (and previous administrations) and be actually caring about PEOPLE! When exposed to wireless radiation I experience unremitting insomnia, heart palpitations, ringing in the ears, headaches, extreme fatigue to the point where I cannot function.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Sen. Colbeck Speaks Up in Support of Analog Meter Choice

Awesome statement in support of analog meter choice! Senator Patrick Colbeck offers amendment to Senate Energy Bill (SB 437), which senate rejects. "Their home is supposed to be their castle, yet they have no control over the devices to be placed there." He offers many points regarding smart meters and analog meter choice.

See the You Tube video of Colbeck's remarks.

Also see http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/11/10/sweeping-energy-overhaul-passes-michigan-senate/93617144/.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

WiFi Might Be Disabled at Santa Fe City Halls When Requested

This is a start! Santa Fe may disable Wi-Fi at City Hall when electrosensitive residents request it for public hearings.
Santa Fe City Hall may turn into a Wi-Fi dead zone Wednesday during a public hearing on telecommunications facilities in the public right-of-way.
The city is considering turning off the Wi-Fi in council chambers at the request of self-described sufferers of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome, also known as Wi-Fi allergies.
"We’ll make that determination tomorrow," city spokesman Matt Ross said Monday. "We’ve gotten several calls this afternoon requesting that it be turned off..."

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/blogs/local_news/santa-fe-may-disable-wi-fi-at-city-hall-after/article_fe8c4428-a543-11e6-977b-1fd4ff24ced9.html

Monday, November 7, 2016

Radio interference from LED lighting

LED lights: Not only do the damage your retina and create dirty electricity, they emit radiofrequency radiation. Read more at EMCrules.

"Although today’s LEDs are capable of long life, and delivering high light output levels with very little power consumption, most need to be paired with a drive circuit to provide constant current sourcing to operate in our homes and offices, and that’s where the problem comes in. These switching drive circuits operate at increasingly higher frequencies, and in order to maintain the highest efficiency, and highest LED longevity possible, they also need to maintain very high slew rates [dirty electricity, or voltage changes]. These factors contribute to the overall unwanted emissions from each individual lighting element, increasing the Electromagnetic background noise. Most of the interference may be caused by very high frequency emissions, typically in the 30 – 300 MHz range, and possibly higher."

"Electromagnetic Interference or EMI mitigation inevitably increases the overall cost of products by adding additional components to a design, or requiring a more complicated and expensive design and layout, and for low price consumer electronics, with very small profit margins, every penny counts. As EMI mitigation is considered by some as an unnecessary expense, it is often overlooked or simply disregarded."

Friday, October 28, 2016

Smart Meter Fire in Hillsdale County

http://www.hillsdale.net/news/20161027/no-injuries-reported-in-blaze

The gentleman claimed that sparks coming from his newly installed electric meter caused the blaze.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Election: Write the Candidates

ELECTION in 2 WEEKS! Michigan is a battleground where at least 20 seats might switch parties. YOUR VOTE COUNTS! Where do the people running for state legislature stand on smart meters? Who will get your vote? Write the candidates in your district NOW and find out where they stand. Tell them you want Analog Meter Choice!

There will be a minimum of 42 new faces in the Michigan House. With that changeover comes new leaders and new committees.

Go to Ballotpedia. Scroll down until you find the section titled "List of Candidates." You will see the Democratic candidates listed on the left and their Republican opponents on the right. Write to the candidates in you district.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Consumers Energy Shuts Off Power to Man It Overcharged

CONSUMERS ENERGY SHUTS OFF POWER to man it overcharged. Consumers Energy estimated reads at Jerry Bosse's 2-bedroom Kalamazoo home for 14 months, then slapped him with a $22,000 bill. He claims he doesn't owe the money, and that the smart meter was reading wrong. How could it not be? What normal person in a 2-bedroom home could have an electric bill of nearly $2000 per month? Consumers reduced the bill to $10,000. Bosse has been paying the utility $200 per month.

Today, Consumers Energy shut off his power, claiming he had not paid his bill. He and his wife have a baby who needs refrigerated breast milk.

Consumers Energy says, "Count on Us." Yeah, we'll count on you, Consumers, for unwarranted shut-offs, bill overcharges, smart meters that irradiate us 24/7, and digital meters that ruin our health.

See the original Fox News story on Jerry's plight.
http://fox17online.com/2016/04/08/22000-bill-for-two-bedroom-kalamazoo-home-leaves-owner-in-shock/

Consumers Energy Gas Smart Meters Being Installed

Consumers Energy is forcing gas smart meters on customers across the state. Refuse their gas smart meters! See our pages on Consumers Opt-Out and on Gas Smart Meters.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Smart Meter Fires in Kansas City

Channel 41 in Kansas City reports on smart meter fires. this is the best TV reporting on fires we've seen yet. See a homeowner's smart meter in flames. The utility let him without power for a month. Interviews with smart meter experts Curtis Bennett and Brian Thiesen.

At the end, you will hear the utility company say that most meter fires are caused by factors other than the meter, including old and faulty wiring. What they don't say is, these fires were not happening with analog meters. The dirty electricity generated by the smart meters can overwhelm older wiring. This dirty electricity is also a cause of flickering lights and appliance short-outs.
As for the utility claim that the meter socket is at fault, please see our video where electrician Rob Marx discusses the thinner stabs (blades / prongs) of smart meters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKS5z5niKd4

Thursday, August 4, 2016

New MPSC Commissioner

From Crain's:

LANSING — Rachael Eubanks, director of public finance for Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. in Michigan, has been appointed to the Michigan Public Service Commission, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday.
Eubanks fills a partial term vacated by the former commission chairman, John Quackenbush, Snyder's office said. Her term will end in July 2017.
Quackenbush left his six-year term early in March to return to the private sector. At that time, commissioner Sally Talberg was appointed chairwoman of the state's energy regulatory agency.
Eubanks, of East Lansing, has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Michigan, Snyder's office said.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160706/NEWS/160709916/snyder-appoints-rachael-eubanks-to-michigan-public-service-commission

Interview with Smart Meter Education Network Director Linda Kurtz

Listen to this great radio interview with Linda Kurtz, director of the Smart Meter Education Network as we discuss health issues, privacy, and much more. Linda also talks about her first--horrific--encounter with smart meters and how they have affected her health.

https://youtu.be/I1SjDjkyKBk

Monday, August 1, 2016

The DTE and Consumers PACs have given to all but four of the state's 145 lawmakers

The DTE and Consumers PACs have given to all but four of the state's 145 lawmakers. 
Since 2011, DTE has been the top donor to House Energy Chair Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton), and CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary Consumers Energy have been Nesbitt’s third largest donor. 

In addition to the PAC giving, it's believed the utilities helped fund a nonprofit organization, Citizens for Michigan's Energy Future, that ran likely more than $2 million in ads about Michigan's looming energy shortfall in 2014 and 2015. The projected upcoming capacity shortfall that's discussed in the ads is a main reason lawmakers are trying to take action this year. 


DTE Energy and Consumers Energy combined have 42 individuals or firms that are registered as lobbyists.

Read the full story at Michigan Campaign Finance Network  website.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Consumers Energy Uses 4G Cell Tower Network to Transmit Readings

Just like DTE smart meters, Consumers Energy smart meters transmit radiofrequency radiation 24/7. This is because the meters "chatter" with each other. You can read more about that on our Smart Meters 101 page. Unlike DTE, Consumers Energy ultimately collects the data via cell phone towers. The signal is sent to the towers once a day. The data sent currently is of hourly meter reads. That can be changed via software updates.

Note that one of the reasons the utility companies have instituted smart meters is so that they can charge time-of-use rates, meaning you will pay more for electricity at certain times of the day. Consumers freely admits this.

4G is a very intense radiofrequency signal that is quite deleterious to health.

Consumers was originally using meters made by GE and by SmartSynch.  Itron acquired SmartSynch, so it is now Itron that provides the meters. The utility's deal with Itron includes a 20-year maintenance agreement-though much of that maintenance will be in the form of automatic, over-the-air firmware updates similar to those that cellphones receive, said Moore.

With regard to other providers, Energybiz says: "California's Pacific Gas and Electric, for example, has deployed more than 9 million smart meters that collect daily gas readings and electricity readings every 15 minutes, sending them to the utility through the company's own wireless communication network. And Tennessee's Memphis Light, Gas and Water is in the midst of a project to install smart meters to track all three services, which the utility says also have the potential to quickly detect outages, leaks and other problems. "

Itron brochure.

http://www.nighthawkcontrol.com/industry-solutions/smart-meters/

http://www.nighthawkcontrol.com/products/cellular-ami-smart-meter-itron-form-2/



https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/smartsynch-continues-to-make-the-case-for-cellular
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

EMFs Likely Contribute to Obesity

PACKING ON THE POUNDS? There's more to it than diet and exercise. "Growing scientific evidence indicates that the imbalance of caloric consumption and exercise does not fully explain the obesity epidemic. Nor can DNA... since there are now numerous animal and epidemiological studies indicating that environmental pollutants [including radiation from wireless technologies] could contribute to the global obesity epidemic, there is an urgent need to reduce the burden of environmental contaminants so that obesity does not become the normal outlook in the future."
SEMINAR - Obesity, Electrosensitivity, Mycotoxicosis and the Clinical Practice of Environmental Medicine, with Magda Havas
National Institute of Environmental Health Science, North Carolina
http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/15-11115/
FLYER: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1697093557175050&set=a.1536471643237243.1073741827.100006232656807&type=3&theater
SLIDESHOW: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/…/may_9_2016_obesity_electrosensit…

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Court Sides with Consumers Energy--What a Surprise!

No surprise, given the corruption of our state government, and of the MPSC in particular. Did you know that one of the chairs of the Michigan Public Service Commission is a former Consumers Energy lobbyist?

From the Associated Press:
"The Michigan appeals court has upheld a 2013 decision by state regulators to allow Consumers Energy to roll out high-tech meters. The attorney general's office had challenged the utility's ability to recover the costs of the so-called smart meters. But in a 2-1 decision this week, the appeals court says state regulators relied on sufficient evidence supplied by the company.

"Judge Peter O'Connell wasn't swayed. In dissent, he says the Public Service Commission didn't do enough work, and the appeals court as a result can't conduct a 'meaningful review.' O'Connell says fellow judges Michael Gadola and Karen Fort Hood didn't follow the orders of the Michigan Supreme Court in taking a solid look at the case."

In a 2015 unpublished opinion, Judge O'Connell made cogent points regarding the program:

"How can smart meters save money when Consumers seeks to add millions of dollars to the base rate to fund the AMI program?"

"A cost-benefit analysis [of smart meters] should include health, safety, and privacy issues.”

I am concerned that under the opt-out program, those who opt-out must pay either a penalty, tax, or a fee for the privilege of retaining their non-smart meters. This Court, in its prior opinion, approved the PSC's order allowing costs to fund the AMI smart meter program to be added to the utility's base rate. At first glance, it appears the opt-outers are required to pay twice for the privilege of retaining their non-smart meter. The first payment is in the form of a penalty, tax, or fee to avoid having a smart meter installed on their home,5 and the second payment is of continued costs associated with the AMI smart meter program that eventually will be added to the base rate.”

“Why both charges? On remand, the PSC should answer that question. In the case of the opt-outers, they receive no benefit from the AMI smart meter program and must actually pay to be excluded from it, but then the opt-outer must also share in the costs of the program because of the increase to the base rate.”

“From this lower court record I am unable to discern the genesis, the reasons, or the rational for such an unprecedented double tariff.”


“I am also greatly concerned that the opt-out costs are actually a penalty imposed to force the opt-outers to comply with the AMI program. . .  . The PSC's implied finding that it is a fee/tariff rather than a penalty or a tax is not supported by even a scintilla of evidence in this lower court record. Just because the PSC says it is so on appeal does not make it so.”

“It appears, as the Attorney General argues and as in other states, that the smart meter program actually increases rates.”
Unpublished opinion, July 22, 2015 (Docket Nos 317434 and 317456)


See news articles on 2016 decision (all the articles are the same) at: 
http://www.oanow.com/appeals-court-won-t-stop-consumers-energy-smart-meters/article_4e1f50ce-aaf3-5f49-8354-7baf03e83b84.html

http://www.michigansthumb.com/news/article_119bc3b6-444d-11e6-b9c4-174dfef46bfa.html

Saturday, June 18, 2016

DTE Audited by IRS

Did you know DTE was audited by the IRS? Did you see that in the news? Their own corporate statement says: "In 2015, DTE Energy settled a federal tax audit for the 2013 tax year. DTE Energy's federal income tax returns for 2014 and subsequent years remain subject to examination by the Internal Revenue Service."
DTE Energy paid 4% in taxes in 2013, (the latest date I could find information for). How much did you pay in taxes? Why is a Fortune 500 company getting away with paying next to nothing and harming the citizens of this state with its smart meters?
DTE Energy in 2008-2011
U.S. Profits: $2,551,000,000
Taxes Paid: ‐$17,000,000
Michigan is projected to give corporations a net refund on their taxes this year.
This year, Michigan will give $99 million more in corporate tax credits than it collects in taxes on corporations.
Also see:
DTE Annual Report: https://www2.dteenergy.com/…/24…/DTEGasAnnualReport2015.pdf…
2008-2011 Taxes: http://www.infowars.com/abolish-the-income-tax-you-wont-be…/

Redford Residents: Smart Meters Are Making Us Ill

Lois Dennison has experienced swelling in various parts of her body to splitting headaches to hair loss and constant drainage from smart meters. She believes the meters are a threat to the general public, too.
“I want to see these stupid meters gone from our lives,” Dennison said. “They’re hurting us. The radiation coming from these meters will hurt you, your family, your pets and the environment. Period.”

DTE, of course, issued a statement saying: "DTE Energy believes there is absolutely no merit to the concerns raised by some individuals about smart meters, and we remain confident in the safety, security and benefits provided by the meters,” Berris said. "The relatively weak strength of radio frequency signals generated by smart meters means that any impact of RF exposure is minimal – similar to the levels of exposure from TVs and radios. In fact, smart meters produce significantly less RF exposure than other common electric devices, such as cell phones, baby monitors, wireless routers, laptop computers and microwave ovens." I guess DTE hasn't read the Daniel Hirsch study yet! And, of course, has had their ears plugged when hundreds of people have called complaining of terrible health problems from the meters.


http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/redford/2016/06/08/meters-raise-health-privacy-concerns/85598924/