On March 10, Representatives Sue Allors and Steven Johnson introduced H.B. 5606 in the Michigan House of Representatives.
The provisions in House Bill 5606 include:
- A utility customer may choose to have a traditional analog electromechanical meter or an advanced meter
- Utility companies shall not condition their service on a customer having a different meter than an analog traditional meter.
- Utility companies may not impose a fee for “opting out” of an advanced meter.
- Utility companies must provide proper notification to customers if they plan to install an advanced meter.
- Advanced meters must be properly grounded and have at least 120 kilovolt surge protection that is rated to divert a lightning strike.
- A customer’s energy use data and internet user information are private and confidential. Utility companies shall not “use, rent, or share” that data or information except by competent court order or law.
The bill has been referred to the Committee on Energy for hearing.