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Smart Meters Not Required in Maryland?

For now, Marylanders may request that utility companies defer installing smart meters. BGE had planned to start installing them in Anne Arundel County.

Pending a final decision by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC), customers may opt out of receiving smart meters.

In a small score for those against the installation of smart meters in their homes, the PSC decided Thursday that Marylanders may request utility companies defer the installation of smart meter devices in their homes or businesses.

Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) had previously announced plans to start in Anne Arundel County, starting in Pasadena.

"The [PSC]’s order is effective immediately and affects customers in the Baltimore Gas & Electric, Potomac Electric Power Company [Pepco] and Delmarva Power service territories," according to a PSC statement.

"Also, customers who already have smart meters installed, but do not wish to have one, may inform their utility in writing. The utility cannot activate those customers’ smart meter transmitters until the [PSC] issues its final decision on these issues," the statement added.

Still, the commission has "not reached any decision as to whether to permit the customers of the utilities in these cases to 'opt-out' of receiving a smart meter permanently, or, if so, what the terms of any possible future opt-out might include," the commission said.

Smart meters are devices that send information about household energy use to a power company via electromagnetic radiation. A smart meter replaces a traditional electricity meter, which a power company representative must visit every month to get a electricity usage reading.

Smart meters can make it easier for power companies to know about power outages, and the smart meters can help customers track how much energy they are using at different times of the day. But, many object to the electromagnetic radiation and would prefer that such devices stay away from their homes and families, .

Mike Davie May 28, 2012 at 02:31 PM
When I moved to a new home in Odenton in 1990, BGE offered e digital power meter as an option with radio monitoring and off-peak rates. I still see a few of those meters in my neighborhood. Why is that service never mentioned by BGE or the media?
Carol B May 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM
The BG&E Peak Rewards program works if you select the lowest option, Mark. I think that's 50%, and it's bearable. (I have medical issues that make a greater "sacrifice" than that unwise.) BG&E installs a programmable thermostat which it controls--and during peak hours, it cycles your A/C at a lower rate than it would normally consume (depending on what you sign up for). It definitely does lower your bill, though . . .
George Karadimas June 26, 2012 at 05:41 PM
OPTING OUT OF THE SMART METER PROGRAM: The Maryland Public Service Commission has ordered a temporary deferral of smart meter installations but you must notify your utility! You can send something like the communication below to your service provider. We recommend certified mail to avoid any miscommunications. Baltimore Gas & Electric Pepco Delmarva Power Smart Grid Deferral Smart Grid Deferral Bay Regional Office P. O. Box 1475 701 9th Street NW 2530 N. Salisbury Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21203 Washington DC, 20068 Salisbury, MD 21801 I am hereby notifying your company and its agents that you are NOT to install a Smart Meter anywhere on my property pursuant to Order No. 84926 issued by the Maryland Public Service Commission on May 24, 2012. (Include your Electric Billing account number.) Sincerely, __________________ Printed name: [insert address] Keep the green and white certified mail form in a good place. You are also strongly advised to post a warning sign on your meter if it is outdoors in case the installer is unaware that you do not want a smart meter. That sign can be downloaded at: www.marylandsmartmeterawareness.org For further information on smart meters go to that website or call (410) 358-4616.
George Karadimas June 26, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Here is why. Smart Meter CONCERNS Education in Video Format For your Viewing Pleasure. http://thepowerfilm.org/smartmetervideos/external-videos/taking-action/ Select the issue you want to learn about from the List On the Right side panel. Electromagnetic Fields and Leakage of the Blood Brain Barrier: Dr. Leif Salford http://thepowerfilm.org/smartmetervideos/external-videos/videos-health-issues/
Traci M. Radice September 09, 2012 at 03:16 PM
did you know that Smart Meters can cause fires??? http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48949032/ns/local_news-delaware_valley_pa_nj/t/puc-calls-meeting-peco-smart-meter-vendors/ Visit www.marylandsmartmeterawareness.org for more information and if you have had ANY power surges, electricity issues since receiving a smart meter, please contact us immediately.

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