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By Jay Hancock | August 14, 2010
Baltimore Gas & Electric has bragged since last summer about its proposal to install "smart," computerized electricity meters in 2 million Central Maryland households and businesses. "We are really at the cusp of one of the greatest transformations of the electric grid ever," Mayo Shattuck, CEO of BGE parent Constellation Energy, said last year. Smart meters won't just give customers more than $2 billion in savings, he said; they'll deliver "reliability, service quality and environmental benefits.
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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?
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NEWS
May 24, 2012
The irony of the current BGE Smart Meter controversy is delicious: Here's a publicly traded company that wants to use technology to improve its business, but conservative extremists are pleading with the government they hate so much to intercede ("Smart meters are dangerous," March 26). "Smaller government, less regulation!" they demand - except when they deem the regulation good and just. Actually, I can see their point. If we allow BGE to install Smart Meters, our privacy will be compromised, right?
NEWS
May 22, 2014
Jonathan Libber has hit the nail squarely upon its head ( "BGE's 'protection money,'" May 19)! I am one of those who chose to opt out of this "gift" from the Maryland Public Service Commission. Allegedly, these "smart meters" will be a boon to the consumer as they will allow us to more judicially use our energy resources. That alone caused me to pause, I don't quite understand how that will work; how will that meter "inform" me any better than the one that I have now as to my use of energy?
NEWS
March 25, 2012
Smart meters are an insidious, violating and dangerous technology being ushered in at a speed the public cannot fathom ("BGE to begin smart meter installation in May," March 18). They are a health and privacy disaster in the making. Smart meters are currently mandatory, relying on radio frequency radiation or RF/wireless signals. The utility asserts that it will only transmit your personal data two minutes a day. In reality, to maintain the entire mesh network, all meters will be talking with one another 24/7, engulfing our homes and neighborhoods continuously with RF radiation.
NEWS
June 25, 2010
In rejecting BGE's smart meter proposal, with $200 million in stimulus funding hanging in the balance, members of the Public Service Commission must have known they might be criticized ("Dumb decision on smart meters," June 23). Critics of the decision fail to recognize that the PSC did not reject smart meters — it rejected BGE's risky funding scheme. BGE proposed increasing rates by more than $800 million to pay for the smart meters and later was awarded a $200 million federal stimulus grant to offset some of that cost.
NEWS
May 12, 2014
I could not agree more that there is a serious problem with installing utility company smart meters that have not been tested on animals for long term effects ( "Indoor meters present challenges in smart-meter rollout," April 28). I have heard many stories and have no idea if any are true or not. But what if they are? If you ask BGE there are no issues. However: I live in a condo and will have 13 meters behind the head of my bed. I have had cancer three times and am fairly certain that the radiation from my first cancer caused the third cancer.
NEWS
June 28, 2010
The sentiments in the "Smart Meters? BGE must think we're dumb" letter of June 25 eliminate any doubt about whether BGE is right. Our present flat-rate metering of our highly-variable-cost electricity as demanded by that writer is what's dumb. Electricity costs vary by a factor of five to 20 over the hours of the day. Demanding to stick with flat rate metering penalizes the energy conscious consumer and rewards the clueless, wasteful, power hogging, stuck-in-last-century consumer. People with even a modicum of hope for the future and a sense of conservation and efficiency need and want smart meters so that we can use our energy intelligently and pay for it intelligently.
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
August 18, 2010
The editorial "Baltimore's energy IQ" (Aug. 17) should be titled "Baltimore's lack of energy IQ" because The Baltimore Sun has done nothing to explain how consumers will save with smart meters. Your statement "computerized monitoring...will allow customers to reduce consumption on peak days, saving perhaps $100 annually" is really the crux of the matter, yet The Baltimore Sun has never explained how this will happen. I get the impression from your editorial that you don't know either.
NEWS
May 21, 2014
Regarding Jonathan D. Libber's critique of smart meters ( "BGE Smart Meter fees amount to 'protection money,'" May 19), I think building a "smart grid" is probably a good thing, but I certainly can't applaud the utility's means of going about it. Attempts to sell customers on their supposedly newfound ability to lower utility bills are laughable. We know how to do that now: use less heat and AC, cook during off-hours, do the laundry at 3 a.m. But imposing a penalty for "opting out" is not funny; it's absolutely galling and has no place in the Free State.
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By Jonathan D. Libber | May 19, 2014
By now, many people are aware that in order to opt out of a smart meter installation, an upfront fee of $75 - payable in three installations starting July 2014 - and an additional $11 to $17 per month will need to be paid, as ordered by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). While my organization, Maryland Smart Meter Awareness (MSMA), is certainly grateful that the PSC decided to grant a permanent opt out, the fees greatly undermine public choice as only those who can afford to pay will be able to opt out. Nevertheless, many people who for reasons of health, privacy or safety, would strongly prefer to keep their analog meter, will be forced to accept a smart meter due to these fees.
NEWS
May 12, 2014
I could not agree more that there is a serious problem with installing utility company smart meters that have not been tested on animals for long term effects ( "Indoor meters present challenges in smart-meter rollout," April 28). I have heard many stories and have no idea if any are true or not. But what if they are? If you ask BGE there are no issues. However: I live in a condo and will have 13 meters behind the head of my bed. I have had cancer three times and am fairly certain that the radiation from my first cancer caused the third cancer.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. can't install smart meters for some customers because they don't want the technology, but the utility also faces a logistical challenge in tens of thousands of other cases: There's no way to get to the old meter to switch it out. BGE said it has about 200,000 customers whose meters are indoors and who haven't responded to calls, door-to-door visits or other contacts - neither making an appointment nor asking to...
NEWS
Editorial from The Aegis | April 22, 2014
Like it or not, a new generation of electric meters is on its way to Harford County. BGE has called the new devices smart meters, a name that appears to have been coined to capitalize on the popularity of smart phones, even as that tactic appears to have backfired in certain circles. At recent county community input meetings, a topic on the minds of a fair number of speakers has been a general disdain for the smart meters. The energy company assures its captive customers they can opt-out of the smart meters program - at least for the time being - but they'll have to pay an upfront fee of $75, plus an additional $11 a month to keep the old meters.
NEWS
March 15, 2014
A Smart Meter was recently installed on my house. I was skeptical as to whether this would help me save energy. As it turns out, I think it is. I live in a house with heat pumps and programmable thermostats. I have long been leery of claims that a programmable thermostat would save me money. The theory is that if I turn down my heat at night I'll save money. The problem with this reasoning is that I have to turn the heat back up the next day, and I've always suspected that this process of reheating the house would use more energy than I saved by turning the heat down.
NEWS
July 21, 2010
Re your editorial, "Smart meters, Redux" (July 18): Yes, the concept is smart--for the utility company, which will charge consumers even more than they already do (and get undeserved and unnecessary stimulus funds to boot). Hasn't The Baltimore Sun heard about the dismal reports in California, where the new meters didn't work properly and consumers were overcharged? BGE has been consistently raising rates already, and I don't care to pay more for a Big Brother system I don't even want.
NEWS
March 3, 2014
After reading the article "Fees required to avoid smart meters" (Feb. 27) by Jamie Smith Hopkins , my reaction can be summed up with the word "outrageous. " For Baltimore Gas and Electric to impose a charge of $75 to be followed by a monthly fee for customers who do not desire to change to smart meters is just disgraceful. One of my commitments to the voters of the state of Maryland is to try to abolish the Maryland Public Service Commission because of the idiotic rulings it makes such as this penalty forced on customers who want to avoid smart meters.
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