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Maryland PSC Sets Opt Out Fees for Smart Meters

With a total 4 Senate and House Bills to be heard this upcoming week, the PSC has announced an opt out with fees.

Links to some articles about the recently announced Smart Meter Opt Out Fees:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-smart-meter-opt-out-fees-20140226
,0,3297571.story?track=rss

http://www.capitalgazette.com/maryland_gazette/news/money/maryland-psc-sets-
opt-out-fees-for-smart-meters/article_881aae7d-53bd-5807-96b2-a76890015010.h
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http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/02/26/panel-sets-opt-out-fees-for-smart-m
eters/

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/02/28/new-fee-forces-bge-customers-who-dont-want-smart-meters-to-pay/

 

 

3 Responses to Maryland PSC Sets Opt Out Fees for Smart Meters

  1. Dave August 28, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    I found your site and I’m happy to see I’m not alone!
    I’m getting hammered by Delmarva Power. I have two meters. House and garage. They are hitting me twice! $75 for each meter and $17 a month for each meter! I’m a truck driver and spend more time away from home than I am there. The opt out fees are more than my utility usage! I’ve contacted Rep Andy Harris, State Senator Colburn, the Utility Commission and Delmarva Power about a million times? What can they do if I refuse to pay the fee? Can I have the meters removed and go off grid? I’m thinking about that. Is that legal? I don’t even have a choice on my own property. I’m so disgusted! Any advice would be appreciated.

  2. Judy Kosovich April 23, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    At the moment, there is no mechanism for avoiding the fees. With enough political pressure, legislators can create a free opt out. The fees are primarily designed to discourage people from opting out. Then the utility companies can say — see, opting out is not important to most people. It is burdensome to have separate metering for a small number of people, so the fee is justified. Of course, opting out might result in lower electric bills, but the tendency of smart meters to inflate usage data has not been documented, though there are many complaints of skyrocketing bills once the meter has been installed.

  3. Jon April 23, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    Is there a way to overcome / void the fees?

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