According to WILX-TV 10, Consumers Energy expects to have 1.8 million new meters installed across Michigan's Lower Peninsula by the end of the year.

More than 1.3 million electric meters and 350,000 gas communication modules have been installed.  Consumer's energy provides natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million residents in the Lower Peninsula.

The utility says the new meters offer customers the ability to choose their billing date, sign up and receive automated alerts when their energy use is trending higher than usual.