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Are you in favor of a fee to opt out of smart meters?

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Some Michigan residents may be paying more for consumer bill fees as regulators are letting one of Michigan's largest utility companies charge customers to not install new electricity meters outside their homes.

Customers can opt out of "smart" meters by paying 69 dollars upfront and ten dollars a month to Consumers Energy if they give notice before the device is installed.

Those smart meters will start to share important information with customers and help them become smarter energy users.

According to the Consumers Energy website, the meters will have the ability to send near real-time updates to home computers or energy management systems to tell customers what they're paying for energy usage, notify them of changing electric costs in advance and allow them to participate in new, money-saving programs.

Customers must pay one hundred and twenty four dollars upfront if they give notice after the meter is installed. 

TV5 wants to know, how do you feel about the new Consumers Energy smart fee?

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