Consumers Energy expects installation of 1.8 million meters

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JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy expects to have 1.8 million new meters installed across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula by the end of the year.

The Jackson-based utility says the work will mark the completion of a five-year project that will allow electric customers to track their energy usage more closely online. It also is expected to help them identify ways to save energy and money.

More than 1.3 million electric meters and 350,000 gas communication modules have been installed.

Consumers Energy provides natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million residents in the Lower Peninsula.

The utility says the new meters offer customers the ability to choose their billing date, sign up and receive automated alerts when their energy use is trending higher than usual, and review their energy use by hour, day or month.

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1 Comment

  • Kevin Rahe

    And Consumers Energy still doesn’t offer the option to delete or de-identify detailed electrical usage data – data that can reveal your family’s lifestyle and schedule of comings and goings – once it’s no longer needed to bill or service you, despite the fact that federal guidance on best practices for utilities using such meters has called for this for years. This is why I won’t have a smart meter on my home.