In Michigan, DTE has installed over two million smart meters, which report when and much electricity is being used by homeowners through radio frequency waves.
Capgemini, a global provider of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, Monday announced a $40 million agreement to support a comprehensive smart meter program with Jackson-based Consumers Energy.
DTE says smart meters are safe but residents involved in the program can opt out by paying a $67 fee, plus a $10 monthly charge.
Itron, Inc. (Nasdaq:ITRI) announced Monday that Detroit-based DTE Energy has now installed 800,000 Itron customer energy measurement devices, including smart electric meters and gas modules, in its Southeastern Michigan service area.
DTE Energy is proposing a one-time $87 charge and $15 monthly fees for customers who don’t want the new electronic meters.
Electronic devices that track electricity consumption without a meter reader going door to door are reliable and safe, but consumers should be allowed to opt out, according to a report written for Michigan utility regulators.
Multiple residents and city leaders have already expressed concern and now the State has started an investigation into the installation of Smart Meters on homes across the state.
Consumers Energy has selected Jackson, Miss.-based SmartSynch to provide the advanced metering system that will form the foundation of a grid and meter modernization program for its 1.8 million electric customers in Michigan.
DTE Energy Tuesday announced plans to install an additional 350,000 electric meters to provide the backbone for its SmartCurrents program, which will allow electric customers to communicate with the company, provide detailed information about their energy usage and recognize power outages without customer input.
DTE will be contacting over 300,000 Oakland County residents in the coming weeks to install new electric meters.