- 03/26/09: PEPCO filed a Request for Expedited Approval to Establish a Regulatory Asset for the Deployment of AMI (advanced metering infrastructure, aka smart meters) with the Public Service Commission (PSC). This also includes Delmarva Power & Light. See Case No. 9207 on the PSC’s website for details and access to documents.
- 07/13/09: BGE filed a proposal with the Public Service Commission (PSC) requesting authorization to install smart meters. See Case No. 9208 on the Public Service Commission’s website for details and access to documents.
- 06/21/10: Public Service Commission denied BGE’s request to install smart meters and requested that BGE file additional information specifically an adequate consumer education plan. On 01/05/11, the PSC ordered Pepco to cease all installations, however limited, until final approval of its AMI Customer Education Plan.
- 08/13/11: Public Service Commission approved BGE’s smart meter plan and granted authorization to deploy. This writer is unclear as to the date that PEPCO was granted approval.
- 02/15/12: Maryland House of Delegates’ Economic Matters Committee held a hearing on whether to allow customers to opt out of the smart meter plan (HB 878). On 03/21/12, the Economic Matters Committee issued an unfavorable report (in other words killed the legislative in committee).
- Public Service Commission issued a notice of opportunity for the public to file written comments as to whether to allow customers to opt out of the smart meter installations and comments were due on or about 04/06/12. The PSC held an 11-12 hearing on 05/22/12 and nearly 120 people attended and the majority testified against the smart meter installations.
- 05/24/12: The PSC issued a Deferral Order (see Order No. 84926) allowing customers to request, in writing, that their utilities defer the installation of a smart meter on their home or business until an opt out decision is made. In the event customers had already had their analog meters replaced by a smart meter, they, too, could defer, in writing, and the utilities were to deactivate the transmitter on their smart meter. Note: The utilities began removing smart meters and replacing them with analogs or regular digital meters rather than deactivating the transmitters, per the Order, on most, if not all, customers who had smart meters installed prior to Order No. 84926. We believe the reason for this is that the transmitters cannot be deactivated.
- 06/13/12: Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) filed a request for authorization to proceed with installation of smart meters. Case No. 9294. See http://webapp.psc.state.md.us/Intranet/casenum/CaseAction_new.cfm?CaseNumber=9294 for details and documents.
- August 2012: The PSC became aware of the many reports of fires following installations of smart meters in Pennsylvania and held a one-side, legislative-style hearing on 08/28/12 to hear from the utilities (BGE, PEPCO, DPL, and SMECO) as to the equipment they are installing – or plan to install – and whether they are aware of any risks of malfunctions, overheating or fires. On 08/29/12, the PSC issued a Notice of Opportunity for Parties to Comment (on the malfunctions, overheating or fires) by 10/01/12. MSMA members Chris Bush and Traci Radice immediately filed motion to stay/motion for immediate moratorium. Neither motion be ruled on by the PSC by September 10th, Bush and Radice filed an administrative appeal and motion for injunction in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.
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