Committee meets to discuss smart meter opt out options - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Committee meets to discuss smart meter opt out options

(WMC-TV) - They're supposed to make it easier to see exactly how much power you're using, but some Memphis, Light, Gas & Water customers say the so-called "smart meters" are anything but.

On Tuesday, the Memphis City Council will discuss how people can opt out of the smart meter program.

MLGW President Jerry Collins says if a customer is chosen for a smart meter they will get something in the mail. Information about how to opt out of the program is supposed to be included in the mail-out.

MLGW's plan is to phase in 60,000 smart meters over the next few years. These smart meters send usage information electronically. There will be 170 meter reader positions phased out.

Collins says there is no fee to opt out. However, you cannot opt out if you have stolen power in the past or if your meter is inaccessible.

A lot of people have been vocal about the smart meters and the rules regarding opting out; Councilwoman Janis Fullilove is among them.

Fullilove chairs the MLGW committee which is discussing opt out options Tuesday morning.

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