Maryland PSC studying opt-outs
The Maryland Public Service Commission is ramping up its investigation of smart meters as it looks toward implementing a state-wide opt-out program.
Order 85294 identified two opt-out options, including allowing customers to retain their analog meter or receive a smart meter without an operating radio transmitter. The order affects Pepco, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO). The PSC will hold additional hearings to determine the final details of the opt out. An AMI moratorium has been in effect in the state since May 2012.
The PSC did identify concerns about allowing customers to retain analog meters, but also noted that there was not enough information to make a definitive ruling. Utilities have until July 1, 2013 to submit proposals regarding costs and cost recovery associated with opt-outs.
The PSC investigation began in February 2012 and came after customers expressed concern over health and privacy issues associated with smart meters, and gained traction after PECO reported several malfunctions in its service territory.
-see the order