How to Tell Exactly What Type of Analog Meter You Need

Most people will need the following: CL 200, FMS2. This means 200 amp service, single-phase. However, you should go out and check your meter. If you have 100 amp service or 150 amp service (CL 100 or 150), you can use the CL 200. If you have 300 amp or 400 amp service, you will need a different meter than the CL200.

The easiest thing to do is go outside, look at your meter, write down all the numbers on it, and tell them to the customer service agent.

Your meter will have a bunch of numbers on it. For example:

CL 200 240V 3W 60 Hz FMS2 TA30 Kh 7.2

Most of the numbers aren’t important for the type of analog you want. Only the boldfaced numbers and letters are important. Each meter manufacturer puts all the numbers on the meter in a different order, and may use slightly different codes (see the pictures below). You might see 200 CL rather than CL200. You might see “Form 2 S” rather than “FMS2.” You might see “15 amp” rather than “CL 150.”

In addition to the Class and Form, the meters will have a Type or Model number. You can give the Type or Model Number, along with the brand, when you speak to customer service. If you do that, you don’t have to tell them the other numbers.

Here are some pictures of different meters. Notice where the “CL” and the “FM” or “Form” is.

The 2 meters above are CL 200 meters, Form 2S.


This meter is a 100-amp meter (100 CL), Form 1A (FM 1A). You should be able to replace it with a CL 200 meter.


This is a CL 150 meter (15 amperes). You should be able to replace it with a CL 200.



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Terms to Know

Advanced meter: smart meter (term used by DTE to hide the fact it is a smart meter).

AMI meter and AMI program: another name for the smart meter and the smart meter program. AMI stands for advanced metering infrastructure.

Blood-brain barrier: EMFs can cause the blood-brain barrier to be breached, allowing toxins to enter the brain. Toxin entry is thought to be partially responsible for Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.

Dirty electricity: spiky, pulsed electromagnetic field generated by smart meters that rides through building wiring and permeates the building’s rooms. Responsible for many of the health problems seen with smart and digital meters.

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs): consist of an electrical field and a magnetic field. Fields are created by the flow of electrical current through the wire, sunlight, etc.  

Electromagnetic frequency: examples are 60 Hz electrical current of your home, RF of a cell phone. Often used interchangeably with electromagnetic field.

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS): sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. Symptoms are complex and involve all bodily systems

Hydrogen bonds: Electrostatic bonds that help hold the DNA double helix together. Breakage of hydrogen bonds may cause changes in DNA that can lead to cancer. RF and other EMFs may disrupt the Hydrogen bonds.

Meter upgrade: the installation of an advanced (smart) meter on your home by DTE.

Microwave radiation: the type of radiation emitted by smart meters. Known to cause biological harm.

Non-transmitting meter: another name for the DTE and Consumers opt-out meters.

Opt-out meter: this is a smart meter. The only thing that is different is the radio-transmitter is turned off. It still generates dirty electricity, it still retains the two antennas, and it is only incrementally less harmful to your health. It can still record detailed information about your electrical usage.

Radio-disabled meter: another name for the DTE opt-out meter.

Radio-off meter: another name for the DTE opt-out meter.

Radiofrequency (RF): high-frequency electromagnetic waves in the range of 10 MHz to 300 Ghz. All wireless devices, including smart meters, cell phones, and Wi-Fi emit RF.

Switched mode power supplycontained in all smart meters, it creates dirty electricity.

van der Waals bonds: an extremely weak electromagnetic force that helps hold the DNA double helix together. Breakage of the van der Waals bond may cause changes in DNA that can lead to cancer. RF and other EMFs can disrupt the van der Waals bonds.