State House Panel Discuses Smart Meter Fees

Testimony has been taken in Lansing on smart meters. The House Energy Policy Committee is debating a bi-partisan bill that would prevent utility companies from charging a fee for not installing the meters that track energy usage. Republican state Senator Patrick Colbeck said he’s concerned about the potential for hackers.

“When I look at what happens with smart meters, in particular, I’m concerned that it’s putting our homes, our nation, and frankly, even some of the power suppliers, at significant risk,” Colbeck said.

The smart meters track energy usage, but they trigger privacy and health concerns for some homeowners. The state attorney general says utilities can’t charge customers for rejecting a smart meter.