By B.N. Frank
COVID mandates and restrictions have made it difficult and sometimes impossible for countless Americans to afford their bills. One media outlet wants to hear from Detroit residents who are struggling to pay for their electricity.
Are You Having Trouble Paying Electric Bills in Detroit? Please Share Your Story.
An energy provider based in Detroit shut off 80,606 electric accounts last year, even during the hottest and coldest months of the pandemic. Without electricity, people suffer. If you’re a customer of a Detroit-area electric provider, we want to hear from you.
ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Outlier Media is a Detroit-based service journalism organization. Do you need help finding resources or information in Detroit? Use Outlier’s text-message-based info service by texting DETROIT to 73224.
Many Detroiters can’t afford to pay their electric bills.
In 2020, DTE Energy shut off 80,606 electric accounts for nonpayment. This happened even in the hottest and coldest months during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are looking into DTE because without electricity, people suffer. In contrast to DTE, the city of Detroit agreed to halt water shutoffs until the end of 2022 to help people make it through the pandemic.
If you use DTE or Consumers Energy for electricity, reporters at Outlier Media and ProPublica need to hear from you: Have debt collectors called you because of an electric bill? If your electricity was shut off, how long were you left in the dark? Do you have shut-off notices you can share?
If you need help filling out this form or want to share over the phone, please call: 313-314-6578.
At least 57% of Americans have “Smart” Meters installed on their homes and throughout their communities. These meters have been associated with HIGHER bills (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) fires (see 1, 2, 3), explosions, and other extremely undesirable issues.
Earlier this year ProPublica asked all Americans to share their obscenely high utility bills with them. Maybe if these journalists get enough complaints about “Smart” Meters, they’ll write something up specifically about them. (Hint hint!)
Activist Post reports regularly about “Smart” Meters and other unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:
- Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
- EMF Safety Network
- Smart Meter Harm
- Smart Grid Awareness
- Smart Meter News
- Smart Meter Education Network
- Take Back Your Power
- The People’s Initiative
- Wireless Information Network
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