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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    It's Not a Penalty: It's a Tax

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 02:44:01 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan Public Service Commission, AG Schuette, Regulatory Capture, DTE Tax, Smart Meters, ICLEI, Amendment IV, HB 5411, Jase 'The Brain' Bolger, PPACA, Big Bro (all tags)

    via The Detroit News

    DTE Energy is moving forward with a plan to allow customers to opt out of using high-tech "smart meters" to monitor energy consumption in their homes. But the program could cost residents as much as an additional $180 a year.

    But some customers have balked at the idea of using smart meters out of a fear of possible health and privacy issues. This week, DTE officials unveiled their opt-out program, which would include a one-time $87 installation charge for a new digital meter without radio transmission capability, and a $15 per month fee for its use.

    DTE's proposal will require approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission - a decision the utility hopes could arrive as soon as this fall.

    Jeez, thanks for sitting on HB 5411, Speaker Bolger!  I guess this now allows one way for DTE to sidestep calling a rate hike.  More to consider below.

    Pretty cool, eh?  Now some clown can even know when mommy takes an afternoon delight break with her little plug-in friend in her nightstand.  Thems the breaks, honey... and go wash your hands .. says the water heater didn't switch on after playtime.

    For those of you that don't want to be taxed for not welcoming that kind of intrusion into their homes... Please, feel free to call/write the MPSC at the information provided here.

    < One Week Away | How dare you, sir (or why the Detroit institute of Arts no longer has any credibility whatsoever). >

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    So let me see if I get this straight? (none / 0) (#1)
    by KG One on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 04:45:38 PM EST
    DTE wants to take a perfectly good, functioning meter off of my home and replace it with a stripped-down version of a meter that I don't want in the first place, and is then allowing me the privilege of paying them to do so.

    Did I miss anything here?

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