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Maryland Utilities Companies Must Provide Smart Meter Options

The Maryland Public Service Commission ruled Monday that customers will have additional options, which may include opting out of smart meters.

Maryland utilities customers will have more options when it comes to smart meter installation at their homes and businesses.

The Maryland Public Service Commission ruled Monday that public interest requires that Baltimore Gas & Electric, Potomac Electric Power Company and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative provide customers with an additional option related to smart meters, according to a ruling on the commission's website. 

Customers have complained about the health consequences that they believe will occur as a result of radio frequency emissions from the smart meters. The commission found no "convincing evidence" to support that claim, but acknowledged a "good-faith belief" to the contrary from customers.

As such, the commission will conduct additional proceedings to determine if customers will have the option to retain their analog meters or mandate that smart meters be installed in a radio frequency-free, or near radio frequency-free, manner, according to the ruling. Customers choosing the alternative option would have to assume the additional costs.

Utilities companies must provide proposals related to the costs of the smart meter options by July 1.

Until a decision is made on which option will be made available to customers, the utilities companies will continue to honor a moratorium on installation for those customers who have informed the companies that they do not want a smart meter, the ruling reads.

Buck Harmon January 13, 2013 at 05:01 PM
A woman is not property...You get a little dumber with each post Frank...keep posting, you're almost dirt level dunb..
1ke January 13, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Simpleton. "It will be months before the panel [Maryland Public Service Commission] makes a final decision. Members want detailed information about costs, and the utilities have until July 1 to provide data... In the meantime, customers may opt out temporarily until regulators decide whether the option will be permanent." http://bsun.md/VUvAhe
1ke January 13, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I've never seen you flounder like this, Buck. You feeling all right?
Balt Observer January 13, 2013 at 05:22 PM
There will always be alternatives, Ike. In the meantime, losers that spend their life in this forum like the "Stank" and his frail friends such as yourself will continue to flail and wallow in defeat.
Balt Observer January 13, 2013 at 05:25 PM
ROTFLMAO...the pathetic and chapped arse of the "Stank" lashes out in bitterness. The habitual losing is hitting home, eh "Stank"?
1ke January 13, 2013 at 05:58 PM
You somehow see participation on this forum as requiring a lot of effort and an inordinate amount of time. Are you slow?
Balt Observer January 13, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Well, "Stank"? Your hospice dwelling loverboy is still waiting for your answer.
Malaprop January 14, 2013 at 04:39 AM
This thread is going south. I'm no longer following.
George Karadimas January 14, 2013 at 08:34 AM
More mindless input & slither from the forces of BLITHER posted to the Permanent Record! _______________________ "Steve 10:02 am on Sunday, January 13, 2013 BO, It's the hand God dealt you. You were born a dwarf, but you don't have to go through life being a drunken, angry dwarf." ____________________________ "Frank 12:20 pm on Sunday, January 13, 2013 JoeBlob, on the other hand, thinks that all women's uteruses (uteri?) are his personal property. Even though the only one he ever came near was his Mama's." _______________________________________ "1ke 12:58 pm on Sunday, January 13, 2013 You somehow see participation on this forum as requiring a lot of effort and an inordinate amount of time. Are you slow?" ____________________________________________ "Malaprop 3 hours ago This thread is going south. I'm no longer following." _______________________________
George Karadimas January 14, 2013 at 09:19 AM
Baltimore Sun Article in the subject matter, which gives you the opportunity to vote your opinion. I voted! Thought you’d like to, too. http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-smart-meter-options-20130113,0,1198201.story?page=2#tugs_story_display
George Karadimas January 14, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Fire Department advisory to the Utility HOT SWITCHING installation Thugs. Arlington Fire Department Smart Meter Fire Report http://www.bantexassmartmeters.com/smart-meter-fire-report/ "........CUT the power to homes you will be working on, before pulling the meter...." Here is the reason(S) the Utilities do not follow Safe electrical practices. " SMART METERS are FIRE STARTERS! The Management of the Electric Utilities NO matter the country of operation...DO NOT GIVE a HOOT about HOT switching under Load! The Replacement Meter gets Damaged by the HOT SWITCH? NO PROBLEM! The Customer/Ratepayer Foots the BILL! The Meter Base Sockets get Damaged on the customer's Meter Can? NO PROBLEM! The Customer/Ratepayer Foots the BILL! The Installer Gets Injured in the PROCESS? NO PROBLEM! The DUMB Idiot did not know what he was doing! " Why do it right of you got no skin in the game! You can thank your RESPECTIVE PSCs and PUCs for that, that have been turned into Utility Lapdogs, and have betrayed the PUBLIC TRUST.
Sanchez January 14, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Frank has been reduced to that? From the low level of whale poo he gets even lower in his psychotic state of mental illness. Really Frank, if you have nothing else just post nothing. You love making a total fool of yourself.
George Karadimas January 14, 2013 at 02:11 PM
The Public Service commission is wavering on the mandate to protect the Public Interest. Instead of spending time and effort slinging mud at "Frank" at al. IMHO, it would be more beneficial to track Legislative efforts by Delegate Glenn Glass to introduce legislation to Insure a Smart Meter OPT-OUT and at NO cost to the wise ratepayer. http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa15456.html I am working on contacting my county Delegates to co-sponsor and Support Glen Glass on the OPT-BILL regarding Smart Meters.
George Karadimas January 16, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Smart Meter ARE ALL GOOD! It says so here! An extensive analysis, by the title. "Analysis: Smart Meter and Smart Grid Problems" The Smart Meters ARE GOOD! It is the SMART GRID that has the problems! http://smartmeterharm.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/1-smart-meter-problems-dec-2012-final.pdf
Steve January 16, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Do they have Smart Meters on the FEMA concentration camps?
George Karadimas January 16, 2013 at 09:06 PM
I have no Idea! Why don't you look out the window and see what is installed?
George Karadimas January 17, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Noteworthy: "As you may have noticed I have coined the term S&Ms for Smart Meters , because the (S)adistic electric companies are installing these monsters and it could only be (M)asochists who would want to Opt-In to have them installed. So, please use the S&M acronym freely when mentioning Smart Meters and share this email with others especially activists and groups." Statement can be found here. http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=1223
George Karadimas January 18, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Smart meters turn incendiary Norman Lambe, a California-based Insurance adjuster, believes there is a problem with the meters. "For myself, as an adjuster, I believe the smart meters are a real threat to the safety of your home, business and property. I have personally worked two large homeowner fires in which the smart meters were determined as responsible. Also, they have been responsible for several small fires in which appliances and computers have been destroyed." http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/smart-meters-turn-incendiary/
George Karadimas January 19, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Fiddler on the Roof! Yiente the Machmaker!...Have I got a SMART METER FOR YOU! A macth yes a PERFECT Match.! Visit their website to learn how you can choose not to have a "smart meter", subscribe, and support them in completing the film: http://takebackyourpower.net
George Karadimas February 18, 2013 at 11:24 PM
VOX POPULI..Let them hear Us Loud and Clear! "Dear MSMA Member, Because we realize some of you do not have enough time to go on line and download a letter to your delegates, we are making it very easy for you to get involved. While letters and face-to-face meetings are much more effective, signing the petition below is much simpler and will have some impact. The petition urges your Maryland Delegates to support the NO FEE OPT OUT House Bill 1038 introduced by Delegate Glenn Glass. Please by all means feel free to forward this message to any non MSMA member who might respond favorably. Click on the link below to add your name. http://signon.org/sign/maryland-house-bill-1038?source=c.fwd&r_by=7048862 Jonathan Libber, President Maryland Smart Meter Awareness" http://tinyurl.com/HB1038
Steve February 18, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Not another one of these worthless petitions..... How'd the last dozen or so work out?
George Karadimas February 19, 2013 at 07:50 AM
WORTHLESS You Say? How Do you think we have gotten this far? Stop bemoaning your bad fortune and do your part. Remember the Pyramids were put together one STONE at a time, and it took a lot of hands working on the project. Magic Only Happens in your sleep...and that is why they are called dreams. Everything Else takes work. As for me I got verification to my Hunch, that people still read these blogs for updates, to the issue at hand.
George Karadimas February 22, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Because we realize some of you do not have enough time to go on line and download a letter to your delegates, we are making it very easy for you to get involved. While letters and face-to-face meetings are much more effective, signing the petition below is much simpler and will have some impact. The petition urges your Maryland Delegates to support the NO FEE OPT OUT House Bill 1038 introduced by Delegate Glenn Glass. Please by all means feel free to forward this message to any non MSMA member who might respond favorably. Click on the link below to add your name. http://signon.org/sign/maryland-house-bill-1038?source=c.fwd&r_by=7048862 Jonathan Libber, President Maryland Smart Meter Awareness" http://tinyurl.com/HB1038
Steve February 22, 2013 at 09:09 AM
Waste of time. Plus you get your name in a database that will be sold time after time.
George Karadimas February 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM
So Steve your solution is what! Bend over to be shafted and be happy about it, with a green on your face to fake your happiness, so you can maintain your political correctness? I hope you can live with yourself!
Kongo February 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Stanker Steve doesn't have to live with himself. He has permanent digs down in Mom's basement. What does he care about utilities?
George Karadimas February 22, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Kongo Good for Steve! Do tell him to move his bed as far as possible away from the smart meter! Smart Meters are for DUMB People.
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