From the office of Del. Glen Glass:
Maryland State Delegate Glen Glass will be holding a press conference on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 11:15AM. The press conference will take place at the top of the steps of the State House.
“Since the introduction of smart meters, the utility companies have displayed various measures which lack transparency between a service provider and their customers,” says Delegate Glen Glass. “These aggressive measures have been implemented to expedite the installation process of smart meters and silence any retractors.”
The past month has opened new revelations pertaining to the topic of smart meters.
Last week, Jonathan Libber, the president of MarylandSmartMeterAwareness.org (MSMA), filed a motion for reconsideration with the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) regarding the opt-out Order of February 26th. The motion is requesting an opportunity to review new material, which was confidentially submitted by the utility companies to the PSC, explaining and justifying the high opt-out fees. MSMA, although a party in the case, was not included in the submittal. Ratepayers now have the ability to opt-out but we still have not received an explanation about the excessive forever monthly fees, and the reasons for the high $75 opt out charge.
With the help of Delegate Haddaway-Riccio and other committee members, Economic Matters Committee Chairman Dereck E. Davis promised to send a request to the PSC in reference to obtaining a written justification for the opt-out fees that are placing a huge burden on Maryland citizens. The fees are especially burdensome to the elderly and the poor who choose to opt out.
Delegate Glass also said, “All of this has been compounded by the fact that BGE installed a smart meter on my property the same day that the smart meter bills were killed in the Senate; the utility companies also put a smart meter on the home of Delegate McDermott after he opted out. This should not be viewed as simply a mere coincidence. In fact, this is yet another example of the shear abrasiveness exemplified by the utility companies, showing their disrespect to citizens who want to opt out.”