Learning the dangers of smart meters

August 31, 2012

Recently, the Maryland Public Service Commission convened to hear testimony from Baltimore Gas and Electric, Pepco and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Inc. regarding news of smart meters overheating and causing fires in Pennsylvania. I attended this public hearing but was denied an opportunity to speak for several minutes along with a former delegate and other concerned citizens.

The testimony that I heard only confirmed that smart meters are dangerous, intrusive, and have a tendency to break and overheat. I understand that the chairman had an agenda for the meeting but they should have allotted time for current and former state representatives and advocacy groups to weigh in on this very important subject.

Even though my bill, House Bill 878 making it easier for utility customers to refuse a smart meter installation, did not pass last session, I continue to advocate for a moratorium on the installation of smart meters until more research has proven them to be safe. The PSC is currently allowing a temporary deferral for Maryland residents and businesses from having a smart meter installed. However, the commission still has not decided how long this deferral will last, if it will be permanent, or when a decision will even be made.

At this moment, you can still keep your analog meter and there is no fee to have a smart meter removed and replaced with an analog meter. To opt out, all that is required is to send a certified letter to BGE or Pepco indicating you do not wish to have a smart meter installed in your home.

Del. Glen Glass, Edgewood

The writer represents District 34A, Cecil and Harford counties, in the Maryland House of Delegates.

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