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Facing concerns from utility customers, DTE Energy and the Michigan Public Service Commission plan to develop a procedure to allow these customers to opt out of having smart meters installed at their properties.

Dearborn, Mich.-based newspaper Press and Guide reports that although hearings for the opt-out program will begin next month, no final action is expected until the spring.

The utility, which has reportedly installed approximately 800,000 smart meters in Michigan's Oakland, Washtenaw and Monroe counties, has sued at least one household for removing its smart meter and replacing it with an "unauthorized" unit.


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