From Del. Glen Glass:
Maryland State Delegate Glen Glass from Harford County will have his Smart Meter bills heard on March 11, 2016 in the Economic Matters Committee at 1pm. The two Smart Meter bills are House Bill 1354 and House Bill 1355. Delegate Glass will also be having a Press Conference on smart meters just before the hearing at 12:45pm on Friday, March 11 in room 145 in the Lowe House Office Building.
Delegate Glen Glass plans to address the topic of BGE Smart Meter installation within the state of Maryland. He feels that there needs to be a serious discussion regarding the disrespectful treatment of constituents as well as a review of the installation procedure conducted by BGE. He also wants to discuss the dangers, health concerns, privacy invasion that Smart Meters pose, and the proposed rate hike.
Delegate Glass said “There are numerous incidents where BGE installers have conducted their installation practices with poor regard for customer decision. Smart Meters are being placed on their customer’s houses in replacement of analog meters without their consent. There have even been cases when a consumer opposes the installation of a Smart Meter on their house, yet it is installed anyway. A single mom had the cops called on her for refusing a smart meter, and others were told there was a $75 monthly fee which is actually an initial fee of $75 and then a fee of $11 per month. A lady became sick when she moved into a condo with smart meters, two days after she moved out she was fine”. Delegate Glass says, “Smart meters have caused nearly 1000 fires and are a big brother invasion of privacy, monitoring our activity. Smart meters make your bill increase. Last year BGE installed a smart meter on my house without permission, my bill doubled! “It is time for this bi-partisan bill to become law, allowing the citizens of Maryland to come first, not the MONOPOLY Utility companies.”
Delegate Glass continues “BGE has put in a request for a huge rate hike. This has been the real purpose of smart meters all along: make mad money for BGE. All these claims about passing all these savings along to the ratepayer are inaccurate. BGE wants an extra $15.20 per month or $182.40 per year from each ratepayer. This increase is across the board with even those opting out being forced to pay for the smart meter program and rate increase if BGE gets its’ way. This extreme rate increase by BGE and all the other rate increases over the years, are regressive; they hurt the poor, minorities, low income, and the elderly the most.” There are to be 5 public hearings on the proposed increase. MarylandSmartMeterAwareness.org and Delegate Glen Glass are attending the final hearing at the Public Service Commission headquarters at 6 St.Paul Street on March 17th. This hearing starts at 6:00 PM, and MarylandSmartMeterAwareness.org plans to have a rally outside of the building starting at 5:00 PM.
Delegate Glen Glass is a leader in the fight against smart meters and is working with Marylandsmartmeterawareness.org to pass legislation and protect the citizens from Maryland from the many dangers of smart meters.