MD Del. Glen Glass Opposes Smart Meters; urges residents to attend Aug. 28, 2012 hearing

Maryland State Delegate Glen Glass represents District 34A, Cecil County and Harford County Maryland . In February 2012, Delegate Glen Glass sponsored Maryland House Bill 878, which would have allowed homeowners to opt-out of receiving a smartmeter on their homes.  The following blog post, written by Delegate Glass himself on March 9th, describes his goals and the scope and posture of Bill 878 here >>

On March 9th 2012 Delegate Glass wrote,

One of several problems I see is there is evidence that suggests these meters may be dangerous to our bodies and the environment. In addition, these meters are very intrusive because they monitor what is happening in the home and also give the utility companies the ability to shut your electric off at any time. Because of this and other reasons, I believe we have the right to choose to opt-out but a law needs to be established to protect our citizens.

Just a few months later in August 2012, we see that Smart Meters have been proven and documented to cause fires in many states around the country.  Delegate Glass urges the Maryland state Public Service Commission (PSC) to take proactive action to prevent fires related to Smart Meters in Maryland, and Delegate Glass also urges members of the public to get involved as well.

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has issued notice for a hearing on August 28, 2012 where the four Maryland electrical utilities (BGE, Delmarva, Pepco, and SMECO) are required to present:

  1. Any knowledge of overheating of smartmeters in Maryland installations
  2. Any knowledge of fires of smartmeters in Maryland
  3. A list of brands, models, and manufacturers of smartmeters used in Maryland, cross-referenced with the models of smartmeters that have been known to cause fires elsewhere.

About this hearing, Delegate Glass writes on August 22, 2012:

Everyone is strongly urged to attend, if at all possible, in order to show the PSC that the people of Maryland are very concerned about Smart Meters.

The hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Commission’s 16th Floor Hearing Room, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.  The official notice for the hearing is posted here in PDF format >>

As part of a series on Maryland Newsmakers, Kellye Lynn of Comcast introduces Delegate Glass, who speaks for five minutes on some of the topics comprising his platform.  For your convenience, we have listed the start times of each topic addressed by Delegate Glass in this 5 minute presentation so you can quickly jump to what interests you most.

0:00 Intro from Comcast presenter Kellye Lynn
0:34 Delegate Glass talks about the Dream Act
1:22 Same-sex marriage
2:15 Congressional re-districting
3:30 Smart Meters
4:20 Electrical utility companies as monopolies
4:44  Conclusion

A general view of Delegate Glass’ platform can be found here:

Delegate Glass’ contact information is:
House Office Building, Room 325
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3280, (301) 858-3280
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3280 (toll free)
fax: (410) 841-3190, (301) 858-3190

13 Responses to MD Del. Glen Glass Opposes Smart Meters; urges residents to attend Aug. 28, 2012 hearing

  1. C Tilghman August 29, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    I live in the PG area and I had a smart meter installed at my home on July 26, 2012 and hours after the guy lefted, my power began to trip, I contacted the company who installed it which was SCOPE and they gave me the name and telephone number of the person who had installed it, and I spoke with him to inform him of what was happening and he let me speak with his supervisor and he told me to give him a call later if it continues to happen. I came home from work on July 27, 2012 and the power had tripped again, I said to myself, maybe the new system has to adjust to my house. Well on August 11, 2012, I saw the tv flicker and the power went out and it was a fire in my basement. Luckly I was able to put the fire out in the basement and then I called PEPCO, I believe the new smart meter should be investigated, because before it was installed I didn’t have any problems with my power.

    • Jonathan Libber August 29, 2012 at 9:33 am #

      This is a very serious matter, particularly because Pepco just testified yesterday before the Public Service Commission that there were no fires. This person, and any one else who has a simlar problem, should contact me ASAP. There may be people’s lives at stake. What would have happened if this person was asleep at the time? My phone number is 410 358-4616. Please call at ANY time.

      Jonathan Libber,
      President of MSMA

    • Traci August 29, 2012 at 9:37 am #

      C Tilghman,

      Thank you for posting this comment! Please confirm whether the SMeter was placed in your basement or outside. I need to know if the fire was at the meter or some other point in your basement, and if it was some other point in your basement, please advise its location.

      Traci M. Radice
      Member, Maryland Smart Meter Awareness

    • George Karadimas August 29, 2012 at 11:20 am #

      C Tilghman: RED ALERT!

      Based on the description of you have just described assuming that it is a true account and not a prank, you are in immediate and present danger of experiencing a FIRE starting at your meter box. Your description fits precisely how elevated thermal resistance between the SMART METER contacts and your meter box electrical base would be behaving, just before the full ignition of the insulation of the main supply wiring in your premises.

      You are advised to contact your utility immediately and demand an Urgent inspection of the smart meter installation.

      Until PEPCO Electrician arrives, you are advised to shut off your main circuit breaker to the house, so as to stop the flow of electricity through the wiring.

      Based on similar scenarios, this problem will get worse and will not go away by itself!

      Failure to heed the advice invariably will land your location in the news as the FIRST reported Smart meter Fire in The state of Maryland. If you need more information contact me

  2. Jan S.P. August 28, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    Please read my post I just left on the main site. Delegate Glass should know this. I can’t be at the hearing. Thank you. I live in Bethesda… 20816

  3. Traci August 26, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    As an intervening party to BGEs Smart meter case pending with the Public Service Commission (PSC), I am wondering what the PSC is thinking when it orders the utilities only – and not all parties – to attend a hearing to discuss their devices and their malfunctions, over- heating, power surges and probable fires. This really should be an evidentiary hearing where parties must prove their cases and not just more talk. Meanwhile, the installers in all areas (PEPCO, BGE and DPL) are permitted to continue installing approx. 3000 meters per day when this should have been halted a year ago. Actually, if the PSC had done its job, it would have held an open meeting before it granted the utilities authorization to deploy and it should be looking at the other 19+ states that have actions against these installations. The 28th will be interesting.

    In the meantime, any Marylander who has not deferred yet, should do so NOW and stop waiting.

  4. Kate Kheel August 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Thank you SO much, Del. Glass for once again having the clarity of thought to take a stand on this most critical issue. Hoping that other representatives will follow your lead.

  5. Jonathan Libber August 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Delegate Glass has demonstrated his leadership on this issue by urging his constituents to get involved in this effort. It is vital that the Public Service Commission see that there is great concern among the citizens of Maryland about this issue.

  6. sueann west August 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Hooray for Delegate Glass! Thanks so much for alerting the public regarding smart meter fires, and that a MD PSC hearing will occur in this regard next Tuesday. Although I am disappointed the PSC will not allow public comment at that time – I will definitely plan to attend. I want the PSC to know I appreciate that they are looking out for Marylanders’ safety and well-being, by finding out just what the utilities plan to do about this. I understand the smart meters that have been installed are not even UL certified ! Now that multiple fires have occurred around the country, I certainly hope the utilities care enough about our safety to put a total halt on the installations, until they can show us they have been tested and proven to not cause fires, as well as proven to not cause health problems in general. I think BGE/Pepco rushed this whole project in WAY too fast, and have put us all in jeopardy. I urge EVERYONE to call or write the PSC and say: TIME OUT !

    • Eric Silberman August 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      the smart meters are not UL certified? in that case I bet that they are not ANSI certified either!! How on earth are the utilities allowed to put these on our HOMES without the meters being UL-certified?
      THAT’S WHY THESE SMART METERS ARE CAUSING THE FIRES — they have never been tested for safety! Can the PSC put a moratorium on smartmeter installation until proper safety standards are in place?

  7. Dr. David Eisenberg August 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    I commend Delegate Glass for bringing this issue to the attention of Marylanders and hope as many people as possible will attend. Most importantly I hope that the PSC will move to protect the residents of Maryland and their property. Knowing how many fires have already been caused, how could anyone be comfortable getting one of these affixed to their home? And particularly realizing that the fire does not necessarily have to occur upon installation, but may occur later, there’s just no peace of mind here and clearly the whole idea makes no sense. The PSC must make sure the utilities are not allowed to do things that endanger public health and safety.

  8. George Karadimas August 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Maryland residents are in a unique position to learn and take advantage of the experience of others nationwide regarding the Multitude of dangers posed by the Nationwide SMART METER Roll out! Every body needs to attend the upcoming hearing by the PSC at 2:00PM on August 28, 2012
    Let us ALL en mass descend on the Public service Commission, so they get the message that MARYLANDERS are on the BALL, we pay attention, and we will not take a NO for an answer.

    The utilities are out on a money grab of the federal stimulus funds, they do not know or care how or if the smart meters work or affect the health and safety of the citizens. WE must ALL BE THERE TO KEEP THEM HONEST, even if we are NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK. OUR PRESENCE will PUT THEM ON NOTICE that WE KNOW and CARE!

    Let me ask you to answer this Honestly! Do you want this to happen to you??

    “” PECO halts ‘smart-meter’ installations amid fire concerns””

  9. Eric Silberman August 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    I will try to attend the hearing. Delegate Glass says we should attend, to show the PSC that the people of Maryland are very concerned about Smart Meters. I think this hearing is a good opportunity for the PSC to hold the utilities accountable for public safety, and I commend the PSC for taking proactive action to try to prevent smartmeter fires in Maryland. There have already been too many fires caused by smartmeters in other states!

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