Controversy Over Smart Meters Continues

Controversy Over Smart Meters Continues

The controversy over smart meters in Memphis is still brewing. A group against smart meters now claims MLGW is trying to pass on a hidden fee to people who don't want them.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The controversy over smart meters in Memphis is still brewing.

A group against smart meters now claims MLGW is trying to pass on a hidden fee to people who don't want them.

MLGW president Jerry Collins calls it hogwash and said there is no such thing. 

Councilwoman Janis Fullilove said she has received calls from people who say they're already getting smart meters installed even when they said they didn't want them.

MLGW president Jerry Collins had to say something.

Their little back and forth set the tone.

A group of people who have fought every step of the way against smart meters showed up. They don't want smart meters and they want MLGW to make it easy for people to turn them down.

“Shelby County citizens must have smart meter opt out information and privilege with no exclusions, no discrimination,” resident Trudy Stamps said.

They claim people are having to pay a meter reading fee if they don't get smart meters. Jerry Collins said that is a rumor and it is not happening.

“No smart meters have been installed except in maybe 3 or 4 cases where somebody asked for a smart meter this year. And no one has received a smart meter who said they didn't want one. And no one has received a smart meter and asked if it could be taken out and it not be taken out,” Collins said.

60,000 smart meters will be installed starting in December. MLGW will send a letter to you a month before you're scheduled to get a meter, giving you an opportunity to send back a response saying you don't want the meter.

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