Thursday, April 6, 2017

Eyes Are On Michigan!

Most of us are already aware of the issues with new public utility meters (sometimes called "smart", advanced, digital, AMI, AMR, or AMR ERT).  If you're not, please watch this documentary from Take Back Your Power, read through some of this blog, and/or listen to the testimonies given at the Michigan Energy Policy Committee public hearings, part 1, part 2, and part 3.  

There are very serious issues with the new meters, which is why momentum is building to pass legislation that will allow natural gas and electric public utility customers the right to "opt-put" and keep using analog meters (that have never had a fraction of the issues) without having to pay extra (extortion) fees to do so.

From New York:

Woodstock NY- This is a serious issue because once you all have smartmeters, you will not be able to get rid of them. Better to ensure a good opt out program, for now.
On Saturday, April 8th, at 7 p.m., the Woodstock Smart Meter Forum is showing a film on the smart meter hearings presently taking place in Lansing, Michigan. Afterwards, former Ulster County legislators, Terry Bernardo and Mike Madsen, will discuss legislative best practices on getting an analog opt-out bill through the NYS Assembly and Senate. Stop Smart Meters Woodstock’s presentation is free and open to all, and will take place at the Woodstock Public Library, 5 Library Lane in Woodstock. For more information call 679-8111.

Michigan - A Call To Action:

Please call one or more of the Energy Policy Committee members (listed below) who have not yet committed to supporting HB 4220, and ask them to support "no-fee" Analog Utility Meter Choice!  Here's a script of what you can say:

"Hello. My name is ______.  I live in  _____.  I am asking you to support House Bill 4220, which gives me the right to choose an ANALOG gas or electric utility meter, without having to pay extra fees .  I want the right to choose my meter.  Please support House Bill 4220."

Thank you for all you do to support this legislation!

Michigan Energy Policy Committee members who have not yet committed to a "yes" vote on HB 4220:

Roger Hauck (R) 99th District
Phone:  (517) 373-1789
Isabella County, Midland County (part),  Coleman city,  Edenville Township,  Geneva Township,  Greendale Township,  Hope Township,  Ingersoll Township,  Jasper Township,  Mills Township,  Mount Haley Township,  Porter Township,  Warren Township 

James Lower (R) 70th District
Phone:  (517) 373-0834
Gratiot County (part):  Alma city,  Arcada Township (part),  Bethany Township,  Emerson Township (part),  Pine River Township,  St Louis city,  Seville Township, Montcalm County

Beth Griffin (R) 66th District
Phone:  (517) 373-0839
Kalamazoo County (part):  Alamo Township,  Cooper Township,  Parchment city, Van Buren County

Jim Tedder (R) 43rd District
Phone:  517-373-0615
Oakland County (part),  Independence Township,  Lake Angelus city,  Village of Clarkston city,  Waterford Township (part) 

John Riley (R) 46th District
Phone:  517-373-1798
Oakland County (part) Addison Township Brandon Township Oakland Charter Township (part) Orion Township Oxford Township 

Beau LaFave (R) 108th District
Phone: (517) 373-0156
Delta County, Dickinson County, Menominee County 

Joseph Bellino (R) 17th District
Phone: (517) 373-1530
Monroe County (part):  Ash Township,  Berlin Township,  Exeter Township,  Frenchtown Township,  London Township,  Monroe city,  Monroe Township (part).  Wayne County (part):  Flat Rock city,  Rockwood city,  Sumpter Township

Donna Lasinski (D) 52nd District
Phone: (517) 373-0828
Washtenaw County (part): Ann Arbor city (part), Bridgewater Township, Chelsea city, Dexter Township, Freedom Township, Lima Township, Lodi Township, Lyndon Township, Manchester Township, Northfield Township, Salem Township, Saline city, Saline Township, Scio Township, Sharon Township, Sylvan Township, Webster Township

Scott Dianda (D) 110th District
Phone:  517-373-0850
Baraga County, Gogebic County, Houghton County, Iron County, Keweenaw County, Marquette County (part): Ishpeming Township, Powell Township, Ontonagon County

Brian Elder (D) 96th District 
Phone: (517) 373-0158
Bay County (part): Bangor Township, Bay City city, Essexville city, Frankenlust Township, Hampton Township, Kawkawlin Township, Merritt Township, Monitor Township, Portsmouth Township

Patrick Green (D) 28th District
Phone: (517) 373-1772
Macomb County (part): Center Line city, Warren city (part)

John Kivela (D) 109th District
Phone: (517) 373-0498
Alger County, Luce County, Marquette County (part): Champion Township, Chocolay Township, Ely Township, Ewing Township, Forsyth Township, Humboldt Township, Ishpeming city, Marquette city, Marquette Township, Michigamme Township, Negaunee city, Negaunee Township, Republic Township, Richmond Township, Sands Township, Skandia Township, Tilden Township, Turin Township, Wells Township, West Branch Township, Schoolcraft County

Darrin Camilleri (D) 23rd District 
Phone: (517) 373-0855
Detroit area (part), Brownstone Township, Huron Township, Gibraltar city, Trenton city, Woodhaven city, Grosse Ile Township

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