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Are Maryland Utilities Allowed to Replace Our Analog Meters with Non-Smart Digital Meters?

The above question has been coming up with increasing frequency over the last several months.  The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) provided for a permanent opt out for any residential or small commercial customer not wishing to have a smart meter in its Order Number 86200 dated February 26, 2014.  This opt out was limited […]

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November 2015 Update

As you probably have already heard, BGE’s opt-out fee was lowered from $11 monthly to $5.50 due to the unexpectedly high opt-out rate in BGE’s service area (about 4%). A key operating principle in setting opt-out fees is that the larger the opt-out rate, the lower the fee since there are more people to share […]

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How to Opt Out of Smart Meter Installation in Maryland

How to Opt Out of your Smart Meter installation in Maryland ~ BGE, Pepco, & Delmarva Power Customers

The Maryland Public Service Commission issued Order No. 84926 on May 24, 2012 following a nearly 12-hour public hearing on  whether to allow customers to opt out of the Smart Meter program.  The Maryland Public Service ordered that customers can defer installation until it makes its decision on opting out. Inform Your Utility Company Today In order to […]

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Maryland Smart Meter Awareness Files Motion of Reconsideration with PSC

Jonathan Libber, president of Maryland Smart Meter Awareness (MSMA) today filed a motion for reconsideration with the Maryland Public Service Commission’s (PSC) regarding its opt out Order of February 26th.  Although the Order provided Maryland ratepayers the right to officially opt out from having a smart meter installed on their homes, MSMA submits that BGE, […]

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Maryland Senate and House to Hold Hearings on Legislation to Address Smart Meter Problems

The Maryland Senate Finance Committee and House Economic Matters Committee will be holding hearings regarding four bills that address smart meter problems on March 4th and March 6th.  Since the Maryland Public Service Commission’s (PSC) May 2012 order # 84926 allowing meter installation deferrals, approximately 30,000 Maryland ratepayers have requested a deferral.  In addition, another […]

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