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July 9, 2010
As a subscriber, I always enjoy your articles about saving energy, and I have a few comments about the article "Programs help Marylanders save on electric bills," June 25. First of all, I agree with the PSC to not make me pay for the smart meter just to tell me how much I use and for them to eliminate meter readers. If they want to automate my bill then they should pay for the new meters. I am very aware and efficient when it comes to giving BGE any more money than I have to. I have done everything possible to cut that amount down.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
To his friends and supporters, Eric T. Costello is just what the City Council needs: a smart, hard-working community president with financial experience that could save taxpayers money. To his critics, however, Costello is just what Baltimore doesn't need: an ambitious, sometimes volatile leader more interested in pleasing the powerful than his neighborhood's residents. Costello, 33, a New York native, has been a magnet for controversy during his relatively short tenure in Baltimore.
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NEWS
July 23, 2010
There needs to be an option for us to say "No" to BGE. There is absolutely no sense to the notion that a person would sit around watching their electric meter tick off its use. We have solar heat, solar hot water; our electric usage -- in units of kilowatt hours -- has been pretty much the same for 30 years. We turn on the AC once a year for about 3 hours, because we were advised to do that to make sure the system was working. It is. Otherwise, if it gets hot we run a fan or two. The heat pump system serves as backup heat in the winter, and that usage has also been stable over 30 years.
NEWS
August 22, 2014
The BGE Smart Meter program is good for the company and punishes the opt-out consumer. The only way consumers benefit is if they choose not to bake, do laundry or vacuum on the days BGE chooses for energy savings. Why should BGE dictate my life? ( "Cost of not taking a smart meter arrives," Aug. 8). Some 350,000 customers have electric meters which are not accessible, and 20,000 have opted out. According to BGE's website, it has some 1.2 million customers, of which about 370,000 are customers without smart meters.
NEWS
By CHRIS KALTENBACH | November 4, 2008
Starring Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin. Directed by Peter Segal. Warner Home Video $28.95 (blu-ray $35.95) ** dvds Great casting can't get past some really bad story decisions in this big-screen adaptation of the seminal 1960s TV series, a send-up of the James Bond franchise that announced creator Mel Brooks as a force to be reckoned with in American comedy. (He'd gotten his start in the 1950s, with Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, but really took off with this series' 1965 premiere.
NEWS
September 2, 2010
I read with great interest the problems that Southeast Baltimore residents are experiencing with power outages. ("As residents raise concerns, BGE promises to fix outages," Aug. 28). My neighbors and I faced a similar problem on Bernoudy Rd., White Hall, Baltimore County, and we were disappointed when the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. couldn't solve it. Many times, everybody around us on York, Big Falls and Wiseburg roads were "on" and we were out of electricity. Our road consists of 103 homes and our on-going complaints became BGE's "Bernoudy Rd. Corridor" problem.
FEATURES
By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,Sun Staff Writer | May 21, 1995
Last year, the Johns Hopkins University awarded doctoral degrees to 311 students, and Robert Stephen Dobkin wasn't one of them. He didn't graduate from Hopkins; he sued Hopkins. And Dobkin vs. Hopkins has become the story of his life.At its simplest, a benign academic disagreement between one smart student and one smart university escalated into dueling multimillion-dollar lawsuits when Hopkins sued back. At its most sensational, the swamp of accusations from both sides mentions fraud, slander, cheating, sexual harassment, mental illness, cover-ups and even the Unabomber -- the person mailing murderous letter bombs.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly | December 23, 2006
The Rev. Ernest Smart is back, regularly preaching in North Baltimore and leading his flock of about 200 members at a nondenominational group, the St. Andrew's Christian Community in Roland Park. "I felt hungry to have a church family," said the 69-year-old clergyman of his decision to remain preaching. Smart, who was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, moved to Baltimore in 1981. He retired as a Presbyterian pastor in 2002, after years at Second Presbyterian Church in Guilford; he stepped down from there in 1999 because of a heated denominational controversy.
NEWS
By Jim Sollisch | July 2, 2004
A RECENT STUDY in the journal Science concludes that dogs may be able to master vocabularies of up to 200 words. The border collie in the study exhibited advanced reasoning skills, using the process of elimination to figure out the meaning of new words. These findings have the experts pretty excited. I think the reaction of the average dog owner would be either, "See, I told you Fluffy understands every word I say," or, "That study doesn't begin to capture the brilliance of my little Fluffy."
NEWS
By Barry Rascovar | March 19, 2000
THESE are good times for Gov. Parris N. Glendening. Most of his legislative package is sailing along and his pick for president, Al Gore, is on a roll. Yet there's a feeling of missed opportunity. Given the state's $1 billion surplus, much more could have been done to attack some intractable problems. Mr. Glendening tends to take a disciplined approach, focusing only on key objectives he feels most strongly about. Not surprisingly, these tend to be items that could further this career.
NEWS
August 15, 2014
I agree with the sentiments noted in " Smart meter apathy" (Aug. 11). BGE showed up at my door the same week I received a notice saying they would be in my neighborhood. I didn't understand that I had to make an appointment if I didn't want them to shut off my electricity with no notice in the middle of my work day (I work from home). I refused the service. I never heard from them again. I have enough going on in my life that it did not make it to my calendar to schedule an appointment.
NEWS
By Joseph Ganem | August 14, 2014
In the switch to "smart meters," BGE is inconveniencing its customers for something they probably don't even want and is somewhat suspect, anyway: Just imagine the information BGE will be able to glean from real-time utility usage data available with smart meters. It will likely be possible for the company to not only deduce the number of people living in your house, but also when they go to work, return home, eat, watch TV, go to bed and so on, because all of these activities involve turning on and off appliances of various kinds and using more or less electricity.
NEWS
August 11, 2014
The smart meter conspiracy theorists are no doubt buoyed by the news that BGE has been unable to secure appointments to replace the old, analog meters in the homes of some 350,000 customers. But there is no reason to think this reflects some groundswell of opposition to the new technology; on the contrary, it is a clear outlier when it comes to other smart meter installation projects across the nation and even within Maryland. The smart meter conversions for Pepco and Delmarva, for example, are 99 percent complete with opt-out rates of well less than 1 percent.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
As bills go out with the first fees for customers who don't want smart meters, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is pressing to apply the charges to a much larger group - people the utility says have ignored repeated requests to switch out old meters located indoors or behind locked gates. About 350,000 customers with inaccessible meters - more than a quarter of BGE's territory - haven't scheduled appointments with contractors despite multiple attempts, the company said. That's preventing installation, but they aren't on the hook for the extra charge now levied on people who ask to opt out of a smart meter.
NEWS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
Big Brother is watching you — through your smart meter? One complaint about the technology, as electric and gas utilities roll it out here and across the country, is that it offers another way for government agencies — or hackers — to snoop on us. The American Civil Liberties Union notes that at least some utilities have turned over customer data after legal demands. San Diego Gas & Electric, required by California regulators to report annually on privacy issues, said it disclosed 3,056 customers' records last year, some of which could have included "energy usage data of varying granularities.
ENTERTAINMENT
Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
While sitting at the L-shaped bar inside Remington's Parts & Labor on a recent Wednesday evening, it was easy to get distracted. There was no doubt we were in a restaurant attached to a premium butcher shop: Beautiful hunks of meat were on full display, cooking on the large, open grill that greets eyes and noses upon entering. An employee prepared more meat with a gliding slicer that moved so gracefully that I could not help but wonder its cost. Jimi Hendrix's “Purple Haze,” played at a level that still encouraged conversation, added to the atmosphere's unstuffy comfort.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2010
AT&T customers in Maryland who connect to the Internet with smart phones are being taxed illegally, a class action lawsuit filed Friday alleges. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court by a Baltimore law firm led by trial lawyer William H. Murphy Jr., says those Maryland customers have been improperly billed a 6 percent monthly state tax and a monthly local communications tax. The lawsuit is seeking refunds and contends that total damages could exceed tens of millions of dollars.
NEWS
October 21, 2007
Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, a Western Maryland Republican, will sponsor the fifth SMART PROC conference, which will be held in conjunction with SMART ( Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the FSK Holiday Inn in Frederick. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Lunch is included. This free event is designed to help small businesses succeed in obtaining contracts with the federal government. The event will feature 58 confirmed speakers and 46 exhibitors and sponsors.
NEWS
June 16, 2014
More and more smart people are opting out of so-called smart meters. They know the opt out fees, dreamed up out of thin air by BGE and PEPCO, are a punitive device to try and force us into submission. Smart people know that the time-of-use rates we will be charged through smart meters will cost us more than any fees imposed ( "Indoor meters present challenges in smart-meter rollout," April 28). So how are we going to reach the greenhouse gas reduction goals set forth by the 2008 Empower Maryland legislation?
NEWS
June 13, 2014
Your recent article did a good job of updating readers on the status of transit-oriented development in Maryland ( "After delays, transit-oriented development starts to arrive," June 6). The economic recovery and renewed interest in living in smart growth, mixed-use communities is prompting developers to build around transit from White Flint to Owings Mills. However, the article lacked an explanation of why Marylanders need transit oriented development. Building housing, offices and stores next to transit in already-built communities is a key strategy to curb sprawl, protect the environment, create vibrant communities and make the best use of public investments in infrastructure.
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