Court affirms decisions in DTE meter opt-out program
Detroit — The Michigan appeals court has rejected challenges from people who don’t want a new digital meter from DTE Energy.
The court says state regulators did nothing illegal or unreasonable in approving an opt-out program. It allows DTE to charge customers about $10 a month to send someone to a house to record electricity usage by hand from an old meter.
So-called smart meters allow utilities to monitor electricity without sending an employee to each address. DTE says customers can go online and see how much electricity is being used on an hourly basis.
Dominic and Lillian Cusumano of Oakland County’s Addison Township say the meter is an illegal surveillance device that violates the U.S. Constitution, even if it’s turned off. The appeals court disagreed in a decision released Friday.