JACKSON (AP) – The Michigan appeals court has upheld a 2013 decision by state regulators to allow Consumers Energy to roll out high-tech meters.

The attorney general’s office had challenged the utility’s ability to recover the costs of the so-called smart meters. But in a 2-1 decision this week, the appeals court says state regulators relied on sufficient evidence supplied by the company.

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Judge Peter O’Connell wasn’t swayed. In dissent, he says the Public Service Commission didn’t do enough work, and the appeals court as a result can’t conduct a “meaningful review.”

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O’Connell says fellow judges Michael Gadola and Karen Fort Hood didn’t follow the orders of the Michigan Supreme Court in taking a solid look at the case.

Smart meters allow utilities to track electricity consumption without sending someone to each home.

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