Bay City Electric Light & Power, in Bay City, Michigan put a limiter on the electric usage of a 93 year old man after the man failed to pay his bills for 4 months. They neglected to explain to him how the device worked, and that if he used over a certain amount of power, and the limiter flipped the power off, he had to go outside and manually turn it back on again. The device turned off his power which also turned off his heat (althought the heat was gas, the thermostat was electric.)
The World War II Veteran medic, winner of a Purple Heart, was found frozen to death in his home. This man had enough money to pay his bills. His nephew who lives in Florida, believes that the man was sufferring fron dementia as enough cash to pay his bills was found in the home.
Michigan state regulations do not allow the power to be turned off by the state regulated power companies. Unfortunately for Marvin E. Schur, the municiple Bay City Electric Light and Power was not under state regulations. The Michigan legislature is now working on a bill to make the ban on shutting off power binding on the municiple power companies as well as the state’s.
No one should turn off the power on elderly, or on veterans, or on anyone in the winter cold in Michigan. No word yet on a lawsuit, as the man’s wife had died two years before and they had no children.