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 defer the installation of a Smart Meter on your home or business, the PSC’s order indicates that you must do so in writing.

We recommend that you send your notice via certified letter to:

Baltimore Gas and Electric Smart Grid Opt Out
P.O. Box 1475
Baltimore, MD 21203
PEPCO – MD Opt Out
701 9th Street NW
Mail Stop EP7642
Washington, DC 20068

Delmarva Power
MD Opt-Out
Mailstop 29SC59
PO Box 1739
Salisbury, MD 21802-1739

PO Box 1937
Hughesville, MD 20637

What Your Opt Out Letter Should Say


I am hereby notifying {name of utility here} 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.

Sign your name, include your account number, and address.  In addition, we recommend sending a copy to:

Public Service Commission
Attn: David J. Collins, Executive Secretary
William Donald Schaefer Tower
6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202-6806

To simplify things, we have a PDF OPT OUT FORM you can print, fill out, and mail.  However, please keep in mind that a more thorough approach would be to send one copy to your utility and another to the Public Service Commission address.

If you already have a smart meter installed

The PSC orders that you can write a letter similar that above and state that you do not want the Smart Meter that has already been installed.  The utility will refrain from activating the radiation or they will replace it with an analog meter.

Do Not Install Smart Meter Warning Sign in Spanish and English

Download and print a sign to post on your existing analog meter

Post a Notice on Your Existing Meter

We also recommend posting a sign on your existing meter. We have created one you can use. Download and print a sign now

Follow Up with your Utility Company

The utilities say their policy is to send a postcard a few weeks prior to installation, however, on a number of occasions, no such notice was received and residents came home and discovered that a new Smart Meter has been installed.

Tell Your Friends and Neighbors!

Print informational pamphlets to share and send them the following link:

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

  1. Kris Pyle September 21, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    I let BGE install the smart meter then continued to get letters from the telling me if I did not install the smart meter I would be charged the opt out fee. I thought this was a mistake. Finally saw the opt out fee on my bill then inquired as to why I am being charged the fee. Apparently there are smart meters for electric AND gas. Since they only installed the electric meter when they were out I must now pay the opt out fee because I don’t have the gas smart meter. This is BS!!! I took time off work to accommodate them and I’m still getting charged.

  2. george February 26, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

    I’m an 80 yr.old retired person on a limited income. When the Smart Meter rejection process 1st came about I sent my 3 registered letters to the Utility companies involved. At that time I believe there was only a $75.00 fee involved. Later on they added the $11.00 per month charge. BGE has always taken advantage of everyone. Example: buy the new bulbs which cost about 1/3 as much to operate so they were not making enough money so they raised the price on our Electric bills. There is a new CEO I believe that is doing a 13 million dollar remodel to his offices which we again will pay for.

    I’m very tired of being the scapegoat for all of the big corporations and government. Now this takes the cake along with the RAIN TAX!!! Next it will be the air that we breathe.

  3. Debbi February 4, 2015 at 11:08 pm #

    I have not had any problems as far as opt out. I did all I was told to do with the letters taped by meter and had copies of the letter and posted it too. I also sent the letters to the right people and was told to email also.
    I think in my neighborhood, there are 2 of us I know for sure that didnt accept the meter.
    I also paid the $25 for 3 months and paid $11 each month.

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  5. Kelley October 10, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    Does anyone know about the legalities regarding a smart meter that is already installed in a home prior to someone purchasing the home? We recently purchased a home that has a smart meter installed. I choose to opt out and called to inquire about having it removed and they want to charge the fees associated with removal the $75 plus $11 per month. I did not originally opt in for this and I do not feel that we should have to pay the fees to have it removed. Any suggestions?

    • Debbi February 4, 2015 at 11:14 pm #

      I would pay the fees. They are for 3 months and the $11 remains. Fees are $25 for 3 months and $11 for every month.


  6. Mr. NSA Operator September 28, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    The only way to cure the problem with Companies installing Smart Meters is to vote out the Liberal, Democrat politicians. If any of you voted for Obama or most other Democrat’s, you are at fault for this happening.

    The Obama Administration is behind the push for Smart Meters so they can keep a close watch on you. It is part of the Affordable Care Act and Obama’s Executive Order that allows spying on private citizens.

    Be aware that the electromagnetic radiation from Smart Meters is entirely different than that from cell phones and computer routers. It is many time stronger and has specially encrypted data that causes greater damage to human tissue.

    • Nivek November 14, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

      Smart meters programs were started befor 2008

  7. Pam F July 23, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    Corix damaged my rather costly baby monitors while installing these smart meters. They are now unusable.
    They claimed it was an upgrade and stated that I would be fined heavily every month if I declined. They claimed they would notify me before turning off the power without explaining that it could damage appliances and electronic equipment- they did not. They later claimed they had tried finding me before doing so- not true. Customer service claimed someone would call me back soon and acted quite apologetic- it took over a 1 1/2 weeks. One of their field supervisors then lied and said we had acknowledged that they were no longer liable- an absolute lie. My son had a fever 2 nights later in the middle of the night and I would hate to think how long he had been crying before hearing him. In their response to my claim, they insisted that I should have supervised my son better. This was one of their many excuses and rationale for denying my claim for replacement of the baby monitor.

    • U. Rudolph August 19, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

      Re: Baby Monitors

      If your baby monitor is a wireless device, you should be aware that these devices emit a very significant level of RF radiation. . . and you’re putting it next to your child’s bedside. Young children ‘s exposure to Electro-magnetic (EMR) and Radio-frequency (RF) radiation is significantly
      more (potentially) damaging on a cellular level than to fully developed adults.
      The concerns folks have regarding Smart Meters is valid… but one should also consider all wireless devices and WiFi signalling as potentially having very negative consequences down the road. I say down the road because, though there is an ever increasing body of evidence implicating the risks to health, the technology is relatively new, and the long-term health effects are simply unknown. Better to err on the side of caution, I say.

  8. Elizabeth July 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    BGE offers an easy way to opt out online:

    Whether they will respect the request or not remains to be seen!

  9. nancy baron June 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    I received a letter from BGE stating that I will be charged $36.00 per month for opting out.

    Is this legal ????????????????

    Please advise my next step to fight this !!

    • rich reamer July 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

      got the same letter. its total $75 one-time fee — then $11 each month. Rip off.

      must be illegal.

      my letter said: “We received your request to opt out of having a smart meter installed at 1902….”

      thats false ! i never sent a request to opt-out — I wonder if they are taking the initial opt-out request from 2 years ago when this mess started.

    • Pamster January 25, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

      Don’t know if it’s legal….I opted out and BGE is already threatening me with shut off and collection calls. The only part of my bill I am not paying is the smart meter charges. I pay the rest of it.

      F ’em.

    • Debbi February 4, 2015 at 11:16 pm #

      I have BGE and was 25 plus 11 for 3 months. Then the $25 stops and is $11 per month. It’s worth it.

  10. Paul G May 29, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    As I went through my home I found locations of Dirty Electricity in my house wiring and switch plates and plug sockets. The wiring that runs in walls and floors all give off magnetic fields.

    Entire communities and possibly towns and businesses. The utility companies are responsible to deliver proper electricity.
    I am not certain why the Dirty Electricity exists but it is a major issue that must be addressed and fixed for safe homes, apartments and businesses.

    The Smart Meter is a router and as such can potentially collect your computer and other communications like phone, car and TV.

  11. Beth May 28, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    I’ve talked to several people who have the smart meters and are in a debate now about the monthly bills they are getting. Some of their monthly bills have doubled since having the new meters installed. Tell me how is this “helping”. These people are retired and on a set income, how are they supposed to pay these bills. One went from approx. 350. a month to over 600 per month. No thanks. If our Maryland government can not protect their constituents no better than this we are sunk. No one should have to pay for something they do not want. Nor should they have to pay for any utility company’s changes. This is their change, not ours. I’m perfectly happy with the analog meter we have. I don’t need more intrusion in my life and I certainly do not need their unfair opt out fees.

  12. icetrout May 3, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    I see the opt-out fees,but how much is this new meter going to cost??? BG&Thieves doesn’t do anything for nothing…

    • Sueann May 4, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

      That is part of the outrage. The maddening fact is that since the utilities really could not provide the PSC with FACTUAL costs (since you cannot accurately measure until they complete implementation of smart meters statewide), the PSC shamefully accepted from the utilities a mere ‘snapshot in time’ purported to represent the utilities’ costs – and THEN the PSC basically pulled a number out of their hat and said HERE is what the opt out fees will be for a LIFETIME. It is bad enough we have greedy utilities, but when the PSC, who is supposed to safe guard consumer interests, then allows and helps the utilities to be totally UNACCOUNTABLE for costs – it becomes clear that they don’t care about consumers! So, the answer is, no one KNOWS how much the smart meters will cost – but one thing is certain – we consumers will be footing the bill. BTW – If you already have a smart meter, which will no longer require a meter reader to come to your house, call BGE and ask when they be removing at least part of the $7.50 ‘customer charge’ that is on the back of everyone’s bill – because part of that charge pays for meter reading!

  13. Leon C. Haney, SR.. April 29, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    What is the advantage of converting to the Smart Meter and will I be notified of the installation

  14. Patricia Morse April 21, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    I don’t know how this smart meter will benefit me. It can’t fix downed lines nor restore power. It won’t save me money. It will cost me to opt out of a system that will do no more for me than the old meter. Why would I want it? Oh yeah, delmarva will charge me $42 for 3mths, $17 every month therafter plus the electric charges for the privilage of not having a smart meter that I don’t want.This is finacial blackmail.. My husband and I are retired and live on a limited budget. Why do they want to force us to pay more and more when we can ill afford it and the economy is so bad that we can’t be imployed to supplement our budget? I’m sick to death of this Country’s whole mess !

    • Joan Robinson April 29, 2014 at 11:32 pm #

      I certainly can relate to what you say, Patricia Morse, and really agree with you!! I remember when the utility companies were more than happy to keep their customers happy. I’m concerned that Pepco can try to have this much power (oops, excuse the pun – ha) over us. Also,upon scanning all of these replies I’m also extremely concerned about the health issues that have been brought up. Surely Pepco cares, too. -?.

  15. Patricia Morse April 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    I don’t see what the benefit this smart meter has for our household!! It can’t fix outages, downed lines or save me money.. I have opted out.. I will have to pay $25 plus $17 for three months then $17 each month on top of the regular usage charges thereafter for a system that is no better than what I have already. This is highway robbery, forcing me to buy a device that will not benefit me anymore than my current meter and the very real possibility that my usage will be in the hands of bureaucrats deciding if I get electric at any given moment!!!! Seems like another power grab by the politicians/companys !! Worst is that Delmarva is a MONOPOLY, I can’t go to another electric service as there is none in our area. This has connotations of forcing us to accept things such as “obmma care” and the “pass the bill to find out what is in it” by our so called government!!!

  16. E Sippel January 17, 2014 at 7:08 am #

    Anyone know what it costs to opt out of the Smart Meter installation? Is there
    a one time cost or is there a yearly one?

    • Joe Bloe March 20, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

      There shouldnt be any cost, but I heard some rumor they are going to charge people 100+ dollars to NOT have the meter. Funny you ask. Did you already know this?

      • Beth May 28, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

        right now they have told us to opt out would be a one time charge of 75.00 which would be billed in 3 monthly increments. Plus 11.00 extra charge on your monthly bill forever. In my opinion that will be until they decide to increase it. They can not be trusted.

    • Cathy March 31, 2014 at 8:46 am #

      From the PEPCO website:

      Opt Out
      Can I Opt Out?
      On February 26th, the Commission determined that customers who do not want to upgrade to a smart meter at their home or business may opt out. A copy of the Commission’s Order No. 86200 can be accessed at this link, Order No. 86200 or by going to and placing the number 152955 in the Maillog search box on the Commission’s homepage.
      The Commission recognizes that there are costs to Maryland utilities to read and maintain meters for customers who have chosen to opt out of smart meters. Effective July 1st, the following fees will be applied to the bill of customers who have chosen to opt out of smart meters:
      •$75.00: Enrollment fee (billed at $25.00 per month, for three months) and

      •$14.00: Monthly meter reading and maintenance fee

      Customers Who Previously Notified Pepco Regarding Smart Meter Deferral/Opt Out
      Customers who have previously notified us that they wish to defer their smart meter installation do not need to contact Pepco to remain on the opt out list. Customers who have previously opted out but have reconsidered and would like to have a smart meter installed at their home or business, should contact us as soon as possible at 202-833-7500 or through the website contact form to schedule their smart meter installation. If you contact us by July 1st, you will not receive the additional fees. You do not need to be home during a meter installation unless your meter is inaccessible.

      Customers Who Want to Be Added to Opt Out List
      Customers who wish to be added to the opt-out list can contact Pepco by phone, mail, or online through the website contact form. You will receive a letter confirming your request. The additional fees will be added to your next billing cycle after July 1st, 2014. Customers can contact us by phone at 202-833-7500.

      Customers who wish to notify us by mail can send a letter with their request to:

      Pepco, MD Opt-out
      701 9th St. NW, Mail Stop EP7642
      Washington, DC 20068
      As required by the Commission, effective July 1st, the following fees will be applied to the bill of customers who have chosen to opt out of smart meters: •$75.00: Enrollment fee (billed at $25.00 per month, for three months) and

      •$14.00: Monthly meter reading and maintenance fee

      Customers Who Decide to Accept a Smart Meter Prior to July 1, 2014
      Customers who have previously opted out but have reconsidered and would like to have a smart meter installed at their home or business, should contact us as soon as possible at 202-833-7500 or through the website contact form to schedule their smart meter installation. If you contact us by July 1st, you will not receive the additional fees. You do not need to be home during a meter installation unless your meter is inaccessible.

      Customers Who Decide to Accept a Smart Meter After July 1, 2014
      Customers who have opted out may reconsider their decision and accept a smart meter at any time. If you contact us within 30 days of receipt of the bill that includes the first opt out installment fee, the fee will be waived if you accept a smart meter installation. You may contact us by phone (202-833-7500), by mail or through the website contact form.

    • Anthony April 20, 2014 at 9:59 am #

      The initial fee, if you haven’t been notified already, is a one time $200.00 dollars with an additional $11.75 per month “service fee” that will be tact on every month. Its a means of duress to influence you to bow down to the big corporate giant. .

      • Pepco Customer April 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

        No, it’s $75, that will be added in 1/3 increments to first three bills. Then there is a $14 monthly charge for *not* having the new meter for the foreseeable future.

        Oh, and company that owns BG&E is about to buy Pepco and consolidate further and further exploit the people of Maryland, Deleware, DC and beyond.

      • U. Rudolph August 19, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

        Re: Monthly Fees $11 – 20 depending on your utility company

        You should know the following information, derived from BC Hydro’s (Canada) own calculations;
        The cost per meter includes (1) physically reading the meter, (2) Processing your bill, (3) mail delivery of the bill, (4) receiving and processing your payment, et al… $2.50.
        Our electrical utility physically reads the meter only 2-times per year. Each billing cycle is for a 2-month period, and the mid-term bills are averages or guestimates of usage based on past usage.
        It has been revealed that electrical utility companies are collecting the excess amounts (1) only from opt-out customers, and not from the entire customer base to (2) offset the losses they incur from electricity theft.

        Re: Dirty Power and where it comes from

        EMR (electro-magnetic field radiation), otherwise known as Dirty Power is the magnetic field surrounding electrified wires. This field is generated by Switching Power Supplies that convert AC power to DC or direct current. This EMR radiation is unusable but, nevertheless, it is read by a Smart Meter and reported as consumed energy, for which you pay for.

    • Beth May 28, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

      it’s different amounts depending on which state you are in evidently. I just read where someone said it’s costing them 14. per month plus the one time fee. I live in Maryland and I received a letter from BG&E telling me if we opt out (I sent them an opt out letter in 2012) it will cost a one time fee of 75.00 and an extra monthly fee of 11.00 forever. Supposedly this is to cover their charge for continued meter readers who will still need to come out to your home. it’s a money grabber any way you slice it. This is what is happening to our rights all over this country.

  17. Matt W. January 17, 2014 at 7:08 am #

    I sent an opt out letter to Pepco informing them that they are not to install one of these things at my home. Since that time, they’ve sent their installers to my house about 2-3 times per month trying to install one.
    They come during business hours while my wife and I are at work. They always leave a note saying I “must leave the gate to the backyard unlocked” so this thing can be installed. My other option (according to Pepco) is to call and schedule an appiontment for them to come while I’m home. I always throw their notes in the trash.
    I also get at least one notice in the mail every week that they “need” to install this thing at my house.
    I can’t wait for the day that I can leave this awful state and live somewhere where people actually have some freedom.

  18. james little January 13, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    thank-you, however, I would like to OPT-OUT THE SMART-METER. thanks again, james little

  19. John K. January 12, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    Thank you for all of the information. I just sent a letter to BGE and the PSC to opt out. I also sent an email to the address listed on BGE’s website. In addition, I’ve subscribed to your newsletter. Thanks again for the help. John

  20. Gina December 9, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    I currently participate in BGE’s Peak Rewards air conditioning program, and am thinking of signing up for their water heater cycling program. They apparently need to install a device on the water heater in order to turn it on and off during cycling periods. Does anyone know if this technology is safe, or is it similar to the Smart Meter technology? Thanks!

    • Ms. Mason December 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

      No they are 2 separate things. The smart meters are for your actual gas meter and electric meter but the one they put on your water heater is something else.

    • Jeff Cohn March 27, 2014 at 11:31 am #

      Do Not do it unless you want bge to control your water heater. That’s correct we had it and at many times we had no hot water and found that after calling they were cycling our heater on and off! This even happened early in the morning when you would expect to have hot water for A SHOWER!

    • Debbi February 4, 2015 at 10:24 pm #

      Hi i opted out and paid 25. for 3 months and also $11 each month. I have the AC turned off for a short time in the summer and get $25 taken off bill. I have had this for many yrs. I was told that since I am not getting the smart meter, it will not work anymore as I guess they have to read the meter but also have to read it to see how much electricty I have used. I know they can do both but trying to make me accept the new meter. So I guess ifi I dont get the $25 this yr, I will tell them I no longer want the ac turned off.

  21. Paul G. November 25, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    I have a house in PA with the huge meter box. Any suggestions for PA?

  22. Paul G. November 25, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    I want to thank this organization for their work. I too live in the Delmarva Power region.
    My home here had the old meter then about a year ago, they installed the “Digital Meter” and a month ago they installed the new Smart Meter, it is the one with the hat on it and green flashing indicator. Installations went out to several neighbors. A elderly friend, had a heart attack two weeks after the installation. Don’t know if there was any connection but she now has a pacemaker and she lives in a very small house, one floor.
    But EMF comes from many appliances and some are worse than others. I need a proper meter to measure the EMF but I use my AM radio and set it off station. This is what I found:
    Samsung 32 inch within 5 feet, Comcast router 4 feet, Epson Printer 3 feet; Acer Laptop 4 yr old; 3 feet. I wrapped the AC/DC converters on the Laptop and and Display with aluminum foil which substantially reduced the emissions. I placed sheet of aluminum foil under and over the router which helped but may have to adjust so as not to block full operation of wireless.
    CFL spiral light bulbs; 1.5 feet. This information is specific to my home but you must check your appliances because the emissions are invisible. Low cost TVs may be very bad and children like to get close to TVs. Check your TVs and Computer equipment.

    • Lisa September 3, 2014 at 11:33 am #

      How do you check the radiation? I have a smart meter and it’s installed under my son’s bedroom. I am so afraid, but as you said we are in contact with so many other appliances that emit radiation. How does the smart meter compare? I’m with BGE.

    • Mrs. Freeman September 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

      EMF is associated with heart problems, including Afib. We got the smart meter installed without any notification this summer, July. By the end of August my husband could not sleep and went into Afib. He spent two different weekends in the hospital – 8 days total- tryng to get his heart rate and rythm under control. After doing research I came to find that smart meters can screw up the electrical impulses that generate your heart rate. And, to add to that the nurse at the cardiologist told my husband instances of Afib have recently Exploded! 30% of population has had or will have an Afib incident. She said it’s happened suddenly and they don ‘t know why. Well, it is all the wireless…including the smart meter.

  23. deb July 23, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    What if your meter is inside your home? We have an analog meter.

  24. Ida June 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    According to the BGE website, it could cost $100 and then $15 or so a month extra for opting out. I cannot afford that, even thought I want to opt out. Suggestions?

    • Mary June 27, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

      Hi Ida – the hearing will be in July. MSMA is seeking a no cost opt out. According to citizens who have a “RF-free or near RF-free” meter are reporting radiation emissions at levels that has been shown to cause damage. Charging us for a product that provides no benefit to the consumer and has been shown to be harmful is unacceptable. Personally, I cannot afford this either and I am volunteering with MSMA and doing what I can to help expose this deception. If you aren’t already on the MSMA mailing list, you should get on it. As news develops and ways to protect your home develop, you will know. In the meantime, you should still opt out (currently free) if you have not already. If you choose to accept one, please make a note of the date and log any unusual occurrences. Best to you and yours, Mary

      • Dan July 10, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

        News reports now say this hearing is on Aug. 6. Can you tell us any more? I really don’t want to pay this.

      • Debbi February 4, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

        I am with BGE. I paid $25 and $11 for 3 months and the $25 stopped but $11 is every month.

        I have alot of medical issues and didnt want to take any chances of getting more. So far BGE has not bothered me about not accepting one.

  25. Suzanne April 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    I just opened a notice from Delmarva Power that, in the next several weeks, meter installers from Scope Services will be in my community to “upgrade” my meter. I saw that I could opt out and wrote the letter. I then called Delmarva to tell them I was sending the letter and that, should Scope be in the area before the letter arrived, they should not install it. The customer service rep said that I could only opt out once and that when they do the next round in 6 mos. to a year, I would not be able to. When I objected, I was told that if they could not install the smart meter on the next round, my electricity would be cut off. Really??!! Does anyone know if this is true? Why bother with the opt out if, in the end, you have to accept it?

    • Mary May 2, 2013 at 9:53 am #

      I am in the Delmarva Power service are as well. The information you were provided is not accurate. We will be looking into this. I am going to contact you to get more details. In the meantime, anyone in contact with utility representatives should record the date, time, and name of person from the utility and the nature of the conversation. The utilities have repeatedly been playing communication games with customers.

  26. alex seccombe March 7, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    This stuff needs to be on Facebook and everywhere.
    It says the Maryland Smart Meter Awareness group has 500 or so members? Do they meet? If so, where and when? What is the group doing ‘on the ground’ to inform people who just aren’t told how they will be affected, mostly on the mental/ psychological level, which is my personal gripe with this widespread infestation of meters. I moved up from Savannah, GA to Baltimore, and they are everywhere down there, and no one know anything about them, nor do many people seem to care about the radiation and privacy issues when informed.
    There need to brochures/ leaflets handed out all around the city and posts on media websites asap.

    • Anna Pritchard May 14, 2013 at 4:16 am #

      Dear Alex,
      Thank you for your comment. I completely agree. I just realized the dangers of the radiation from the “Smart Meters.” Thinking back, I have had a number of symptoms and my beloved kitty, who was very healthy, suddenly developed a detached retina caused by extremely and dangerously high blood pressure a little less than four weeks after the smart meter was installed. She encountered partial loss of vision in one eye which so far has not returned to normal, and she must be on blood pressure medicine daily. There is no cause of the high blood pressure on any of her lab tests. The vet said that if I had not gotten her to the vet the day I did take her, she may have lost all vision in both eyes.
      Also, she is exhibiting hyperactivity. She wants to play and have my attention most of the time, is not sleeping like normal, and even comes to me and looks at me and acts as if something is wrong and wants me to engage in play with her to the point that I can’t do what I need to do. I was suspecting hyperthyroidism, but the lab tests did not show any thing wrong with it a few months back. Now that I am becoming aware of the effects of the “smart meter” I am thinking these changes may all be due to the radiation coming from the Smart meter that was installed on my home in September, 2012.
      I have also had a number of symptoms such as mental changes, where I don’t feel like myself, have and inability to concentrate and be very productive, fatigue, changes in moods, and ringing in my ears. Just last week I made an appointment to see a doctor, but now I wonder if these are the cumulative effects of the “Smart Meter” radiation.
      I am already thinking that I will attend my communitie’s meetings and bring this up to the group. I also will tell all of my friends and neighbors. What more can we do? I am so grateful for this website and many more like it and the “You Tube” videos about this. Have you seen the You Tube video about the gentleman who developed a steel covering that goes over the smart meter and reduces the radiation to almost none? I wonder, though if it stops the radiation from emitting out of the back of the meter into the house? There also is a video that shows how to purchase and replace and install (only by a licensed electrician) a safe analogue meter on your home and return the “Smart Meter” to the utility company.
      But the real answer is that there needs to be a permanent no cost opt-out from the electric companies. Thank you for your message. Please email me with any other information you have on brochures that can be handed out, if you don’t mind. I would appreciate it greatly.

    • Debbi February 4, 2015 at 10:42 pm #

      Alex, I live in MD and if send me your name and email, I will try to notify Maryland Smart Meter Awareness group and have them contact you. Maybe there is one there and you don’t know it or they can tell you how to get started. I found out thru Maryland smart meter and how to opt out. My email is

      They could help you get started with having a group and tell what they did. Best of luck, Debbi

  27. Marie December 1, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Found your site through I live in Silver Spring MD and recently found out that my apartment’s going to be fitted with the Smart Meters this Friday Dec, 7. The meters will be two floors below me.

    I’ve been reading about this insane travesty for at least a few years now since it began out West; I figured it was only a matter of time before it came here.

    I’m not sure who to contact as I live in a tenement and would appreciate any advice. In the meantime, everyone in my building will be forwarded your website!!

    Thank you!

  28. John Mutchler October 6, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    10/6/2012… I didn’t know anything about the Smart meters until stumbling upon this web site by accident a few days ago. After reading about it I printed out the poster to place on or by my existing meter to inform them “not” to install the new Smart meter. I composed my letter to BGE to inform them of my decision to opt out of the new meter and was going to put it in the mail as soon as I got some stamps. To my surprise when I went out to put the sing on the meter… low and behold… I was confronted with the new Smart meter already installed.

    I was never given any notice it was going to be installed… nor was I given any notification of its installation after it was installed. My question is… can I make BGE remove and replace the Smart meter with my old analog meter?

    • SueAnn West October 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

      Reply to John: Yes, you absolutely CAN make BGE remove and replace the smart meter they SNUCK on to your house. BGE is being disingenuous, dishonest, unethical (take your pick) for continuing to install smeters while the PSC is S T I L L reviewing the whole matter to determine if they will force BGE to offer an opt out. In the meantime, until PSC makes a decision, you and EVERY MARYLAND CITIZEN has a right to demand that the utilities come back and remove any smeter and replace it with an analog. Look on this MSMA website for the link on ‘how to opt out’, which includes instructions for people who have already been victimized by BGE’s bullying tactics.

  29. BIGH October 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    PEPCO subcontractor Scope Services Inc. installed a smart meter despite the fact that I had given PEPCO written notice to OPT-OUT of the smart meter installation xseveral months beforehand. In addition to illegally installing the smart meter the contractor service technician refused to identify himself, call Scope or PEPCO to verify that the meter was not to be installed and decided to get out of Dodge after starting his truck and quickly driving off with my analog meter in his possession.
    It took numerous calls to PEPCO, Scope Services Inc. and the Maryland Public Service Commission to get the smart meter removed and an analog meter installed. Removing and installing the meter takes only about a minute. Breaking the PEPCO seal on the meterbox, pulling out the old meter, pushing in the new meter into the blades in the box, replacing the cover and then installing a new seal. That was not the problem. I did talk to several customer service representatives and supervisors and was told the PEPCO and not their subcontractor would remove the smart meter and replace it with an analog meter.
    I gave PEPCO written notice several months ago using the feature on their website to specifically state that I wished to OPT-OUT of the smart meter install giving my full address,
    I said DO NOT REPLACE THE EXISTING METER WITH A SMART METER. Several PEPCO customer service representatives acknowledged that they had that information in my account file and could not offer any reason why that was not conveyed to the subcontractor.
    After a dozen calls in the last two days they finally said that the smart meter would be removed and replaced this afternoon. The PEPCO service technician came and made the change and was very cordial.
    If anyone has OPTed-Out and had a smart meter installed take the necessary time to make the phone calls to your utility until you get the smart meter removed. I had ALL the correspondence including the page showing my exact written communication to PEPCO and the email acknowledgement of receipt of the OPT-OUT notice, and was willing to FAX or otherwise provide proof of my choice to not install a smart meter. I did not have to provide this to PEPCO as they acknowledged the receipt months ago of my written notice to them.
    It is always a good ides to have documentation in case you need to prove that you have done the proper steps to support your case.

    • BIGH February 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

      Saturday is a good time to illegally install Smart Meters as the normal contingent of persons working for PEPCO, their contractor – Scope Services, and the Maryland PSC are not working.
      Scope Services (PEPCO’s Smart Meter installation contractor) IS BACK and tried to install a smart meter to replace the analog meter PEPCO had to install to replace the illegally installed Smart Meter on October 4, 2012. is PEPCO CRAZY OR JUST BELLIGERENT? Told the Scope Services contractor with a Smart Meter in hand that I had opted out of the Smart Meter way back in 2012.
      I Told him it took 3 days for PEPCO to reinstall a NEW analog meter and that their records showed that his company should NEVER had an order to replace the analog meter. He replied that the analog meter was not new and he was going to replace it. I had already posted the sign located on this website next to my analog meter stating that under order of the Maryland PSC #84926 that you are prohibited from installing a meter on this property.
      He said that PEPCO had ordered the meter replaced and it was their property.
      I told him that if he did not leave my property immediately without touching my analog meter I was going to call the police and have him arrested for trespassing.
      I have called PEPCO and reported this incident to s shift supervisor who said he will call Scope Services and make sure that they do not try to come under darkness of night or when I am not outside guarding my meter and illegally replace it with the Smart Meter. I will call PEPCO on Monday and see what I can do to have to not go through this ridiculous situation again. Beware… the utility company does not seem to want to respect an order by the Maryland Public Service Commission.

  30. Debbi Webber September 3, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    On Fri ( Aug 31st) BGE was sitting across the parking lot. I walked over and asked if he was installing the smart meters and he said yes. I pointed to my house and said i have opted out and there are signs posted above the meter. He told me which houses were being done and I said when you come back, please make sure who is installing NOT to put one on mine.. he said ok so we will see) I had not received any notice either) Debbi

  31. gina July 28, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    Pepco is saying that they don’t need to honor my request because I am not a “customer of record”. I own the rental home, so don’t live there or have a Pepco account for that place. Can they do that?

  32. Amy July 25, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    Copy of an email I sent to Obi Linton at the Maryland Public Service Commission:

    I am writing because I want the PSC to know that Pepco did not inform me in advance that it would be installing a smart meter in my home. I arrived home last week to find a technician on my property. He told me he had just installed a smart meter. Due to the potential health and safety risks at issue with the smart meters I told him I did not wish to have one and asked him to remove it. He refused and told me to call a number. After 30 minutes of speaking with a representative who was powerless to help, I was told that a supervisor would call me back within 24-48 hours. That never happened and by the time I got off the phone with Pepco the technician was gone.

    I then went to the Pepco website and followed Pepco’s own instructions for opting out via the website. I was told that I would receive a response within 2 business days. Again, I heard nothing. (As an aside the representative I spoke with today told me that he was not aware of opting out via the website, despite the fact that Pepco provides that option at

    I just spoke with a representative (after being bounced around) that my request was “escalated to the next level” and that Pepco would take my “request into consideration.” I’m really not sure what that means. He also said that the meter has not been activated.

    Pepco did not abide by the rules in providing notice and is not being clear in its communications about whether the meter has in fact been de-activated. Given the potential safety and health concerns (especially given the fact that the meter sits on the other side of the wall where we spend most of our time in the house) this matter is of great concern to me.

    If you want additional information please let me know. In the meantime, please do not allow Pepco to continue bullying its customers while providing substandard service.

    Thank you for your attention. I will also be posting the content of this letter at Maryland Smart Meter Awareness’s website.

  33. Lucy Spagnolo July 17, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Yesterday, July 16th, at 2:30 PM. a technician rang my door bell and stated that he was here to install a new electricity meter. He did.
    In thinking about it, I began to check the internet for information. I had not received notice that this action would take place; nor, was I informed that I could opt out of this installation.
    I called Pepco in order to learn how to opt out and have been on hold for almost 2 hours.

    • Jan S.P. July 23, 2012 at 3:32 pm #


      I just got home and found a woman messing around with my meter which is outside. I was aware of this new “law” and had researched it and learned that this is part of Agenda 21. (research it). Anyway, I said “I thought I was going to be notified before you came because I wanted to opt out”. She just giggled, obviously not understanding a word I said. Then she left and went next door. I have read that by opting out, we may have “complications” with our power now and then. Yes, I’ll bet we will. We are moving to Delaware within a year.

      • George Karadimas July 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

        I would be interested in hearing from you regarding the possibility of Power “complications” for electing to OPT-OUT.

        All it is going to happen is that the Maryland PSC will make a decision on the opt-out soon, and authorize a fee one time and on a monthly basis.

        From all indications, the more ratepayers elect the opt-out option, the lower the fees and if enough people opt-out , there may not be any fees at all.

        If you ask me, the ratepayer’s complications start with and upon installation of the Smart Meter.

        And you can find out the possibilities you will be faced with having a smart meter here.

      • DLC August 12, 2013 at 11:17 am #


        Sorry to inform you, Delaware has had smart meters for a few years now….. And if you build a new house they’ll probably insist on installing one too.

    • Traci July 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm #


      Please follow the instructions above on how/what to send to PEPCO. Also, you should send an email to Obi Linton, Exec. Dir. of External Relations at the Public Service Commission ( advising him that were you were not informed in advance of the replacement, as promised by the utility.

    • George Karadimas July 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

      PEPCO link to fill out a form for OPT-OUT Deferral.
      The Company is complying with the Maryland Public Service Commission’s interim decision, and we look forward to the Commission’s final decision.

      Customers are required to make opt-out requests in writing. Please submit your request by clicking here or by mailing the request to:

      MD Opt-out
      701 9th St. NW
      Mail Stop EP7642
      Washington, DC 20068

      The PSC Order for OPT-OUT Deferral I would think applies to ALL RATEPAYERS Business or otherwise.

      SEND in your meter Reading By Photo when you have an analog meter >>>>


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