Smart Meter Opt-Out Information
On or about May 17, 2012, the City of Brighton passed a Resolution regarding DTE Electric Company's flk/a The Detroit Edison Company's ("DTE Electric") Advanced Metering Program and requested that an opt-out program be considered. DTE Electric subsequently filed its proposal for an opt-out program with the Michigan Public Service Commission ("MPSC"), which was approved by the MPSC on May 15, 2013.
DTE Electric fully believes that the advanced meters it utilizes are safe, reliable and protect a customer's privacy. On June 29, 2012, the MPSC Staff issued its repmt which specifically addressed the safety of smrut meter deployment. After careful review, the Staff detennined that "the health risk from the installation and operation ofmetering systems using radio transmitters is insignificant... The appropriate foderal health and safoty regulations provide assurance that
smart meters represent a safe technology." (See MPSC Rep01t to the Commission in Case No U-17000). Ultimately the MPSC approved a program whereby customers can have a nontransmitting meter installed at their residence pursuant to the MPSC approved taliff and the applicable charges.
Customers who participate in the Opt-Out Program will not receive the benefits that the advanced meteting technology has to offer, such as:
- Automatic power outage detection
- Remote reading of yow· electric meter
- Fewer estimated bills
- Access to your daily energy usage information
Customers who have an advanced meter installed and are interested in the Opt-Out Program are asked to calll-855-225-6470 for more information.
Thank you for your attention, and please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any questions or concems. I can be reached at 734-332-8145.