From Del. Glen Glass:
HB 878 – Public Utilities – Smart Meters – Opt-Out Option
Smart Meters are only a benefit to the Utility companies, not the consumers!!!!!
This simple bill, I introduced, gives the citizens of Maryland the right to Opt-Out from having a Smart Meter installed on their homes.
Smart Meters are dangerous and intrusive. The Utility companies haven’t provided any documentation which states they are safe. These corporations are like a big aggressive dog; they are good as long as they are kept on a leash.
Since deregulation, which I opposed, our utility rates have doubled. The utility companies make around $40 billion a year – in a bad economy! With Smart Meters the need for Meter Readers will no longer be necessary, which is a savings to the companies. Even though the companies are saying they’re retraining those in danger of losing their jobs because of the Smart Meters, some employees will ultimately lose their jobs.
Smart Meters are about utility corporations making more money and the citizens of Maryland paying more for electricity and losing their privacy. Even though the utilities have received stimulus money for the Smart Meter project, the rates will have to be raised to recoup the cost of installation of the program.
HB 878 would ensure our right to refuse a Smart Meter!
Go To: www.smartmeterawareness.org for more information!!!!!