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Guide for Smart Meter Legislative Campaign 2015

Maryland Smart Meter Awareness has put together a legislative guide along with model letters for your state representatives.

Find your representatives here:  http://www.mdelect.net/

Guide for Legislative Campaign 2015 (PDF)

Hearing date for Senate Bill 9 is February 17, 2015, so please do not delay – write, call, or email today!

Model Letter – Senators (Word format)
Here is the text:

Your Name
Your Address
Today’s Date

Senator  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Senate Office Building, Room xxx
11 Bladen St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Dear Senator xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx:

I am one of your constituents and am urging you to support Senate Bill 9 and the amendments offered by Senator McFadden.   I am very concerned about my utility’s efforts to force smart meters on all its ratepayers.  While the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) did grant us the right not to have a smart meter, it imposed a totally unjustified fee on those who do not want a smart meter.   But not only are we stuck with this unfair fee, we will ultimately pay for the smart meter program when the PSC approves those costs to be added to the rate base.  So we will be paying twice: the first time is to keep our old meters and the second is to pay for smart meters  we do not want and do not have on our homes.

One thing that really worries me about this PSC decision allowing us to keep our non-smart meters is that the PSC could change its mind.  It could rescind that decision and deny us any right to protect ourselves from smart meters as is done in many states already.   As you probably already know, these meters are threats to our health, privacy and safety.   I therefore urge you to support Senate Bill 9 that will protect our rights and prevent bullying by the utilities.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

Model Letter – Delegates (Word format)
Here is the text:

Your Name
Your Address
Today’s Date

 

Delegate xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

House Office Building, Room xxx
6 Bladen St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Dear Delegate xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx:

I am one of your constituents and am urging you to support legislation that will allow us to keep our non-smart electric meters and not be forced to pay for an unfair, unjustified fee for that right.   I am very concerned about my utility’s efforts to force smart meters on all its ratepayers. While the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) did grant us the right not to have a smart meter, it imposed a totally unjustified fee on those who do not want a smart meter. But not only are we stuck with this unfair fee, we will ultimately pay for the smart meter program when the PSC approves those costs to be added to the rate base. So we will be paying twice: the first time is to keep our old meters and the second is to pay for smart meters we do not want and do not have on our homes.

One thing that really worries me about this PSC decision allowing us to keep our non-smart meters is that the PSC could change its mind. It could rescind that decision and deny us any right to protect ourselves from smart meters as is done in many states already. As you probably already know, these meters are threats to our health, privacy and safety.   I therefore urge you to support legislation that will preserve our right not to have a smart meter and to only pay for a fairly calculated fee that actually covers the cost of keeping our non-smart meters.   And finally, we should not be forced to pay for the smart meter program.   We are tired of being bullied by the utilities.

 

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

3 Responses to Guide for Smart Meter Legislative Campaign 2015

  1. HTOLER February 3, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    I am glad we are finally doing something about those smart meters. I am one of those that opted out and several times I have told the meter reader to not remove or do anything to my old meter. Of course, I get strange looks. I have also attended several meetings concerning these meters prior to their being installed.

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  1. 2015 Bills about Wireless Smart Meters in the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates | Maryland Smart Meter Awareness - February 14, 2015

    […] The first hearing, on SB 9, is coming up on Tuesday, February 17, at 1:00 pm.   Our chances of getting the cognizant committee — the Senate Finance Committee — to approve this bill for submission to the entire State Senate for a vote are largely dependent on public support for the bill.  If you would like to see this bill made law, I URGE you to send an email message by Monday COB to ALL of the members of the Senate Finance Committee. It is enough to express support for “SB9:  Gas and Electricity – Smart Meters – customer Rights and Required Reports”.  But, of course, you may also express your wishes in greater detail.  We have some model letters here >> […]

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