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.
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The bill has been referred to the Committee on Energy for hearing.

Bill page: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2020-HB-5606

Bill text: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2019-2020/billintroduced/House/pdf/2020-HIB-5606.pdf