From Del. Glen Glass:
The Staff of the Maryland Public Service Commission has recommended to the Public Service Commission that a fee be imposed to opt out of having a Smart Meter installed, and that a monthly fee then be imposed in addition to the opt out fee.
As of this date, the Public Service Commission has not made a determination in regards to the Staff recommendation.
Below is the text of a letter that I sent to the Public Service Commission urging them not to impose a fee on any consumer that would like to opt out of having a Smart Meter installed.
I will continue to fight for freedom of choice without a fee being imposed on that choice.
September 12, 2013
Public Service Commission
6 St. Paul Street 16th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
As you know, the last few years I have introduced a bill to give the citizens of Maryland the right to opt out of the installation of a Smart Meter, at no cost to the consumer. This is a bipartisan issue that has support from members of both parties. I had nineteen co-sponsors on this bill. This year the bill was referred to summer study, which was a step in the right direction.
Smart Meters have been linked to health issues, home fires, and allow for an invasion of privacy that should not be permitted. This is about freedom of choice, and being able to make that choice without a fee being attached to it.
While the utility companies are making billions of dollars, the citizens of Maryland are struggling to make ends meet in the worst economy in 80 years. I encourage you not to charge the citizens of Maryland to opt out of Smart Meter installation, and to make the opt out a permanent alternative. This would eliminate the necessity for further legislation.
Thank you for your consideration to what I hope will be an equitable resolution for the citizens of Maryland.
Delegate Glen Glass