From the office of Del. Glen Glass:
Maryland State Delegate Glen Glass, (R-Harford, Cecil), announced today that the recent ruling by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) “only reaffirms the necessity of “smart-meter” opt-out legislation.”
The PSC’s Order Number 85294 continues to only temporarily provide ratepayers with “an additional option related to the installation of smart meters in their homes.”
The PSC will conduct additional proceedings to determine whether the preferred course is either to allow customers to keep their current analog meters or require all customers to receive a smart meter but with the option to have that meter installed to operating in a ‘RF-free’ or near RF-free manner. Whichever option it chooses, the PSC will require the ratepayers who exercise this option to bear any appropriate costs.
Delegate Glen Glass said “this is absolutely unacceptable and citizens should not have to pay to exercise their God given rights.”
In issuing this opinion, the majority opinion in footnote 2 of Order Number 85294 says that it might ultimately agree with the dissenting commissioners not to provide opt outs at all. In the interim, the PSC’s order of May 24th granting an interim opt-out to ratepayers is still in effect. The Commission directed public service companies to submit an estimated cost proposal for allowing opt-outs by July 1, 2013.
“Our legislation will codify into law the right of every citizen to opt-out of smart-meters without any cost to the consumer,” Delegate Glen Glass concluded.