How to Opt Out of your Smart Meter installation in Maryland ~ BGE, Pepco, & Delmarva Power Customers

How to Opt Out of your Smart Meter installation in Maryland ~ BGE, Pepco, & Delmarva Power Customers

The Maryland Public Service Commission issued Order No. 84926 on May 24, 2012 following a nearly 12-hour public hearing on  whether to allow customers to opt out of the Smart Meter program.  The Maryland Public Service ordered that customers can defer installation until it makes its decision on opting out.

Inform Your Utility Company Today

In order to defer the installation of a Smart Meter on your home or business, the PSC’s order indicates that you must do so in writing.

We recommend that you send your notice via certified letter to:

Baltimore Gas and Electric Smart Grid Opt Out
P.O. Box 1475
Baltimore, MD 21203
smartmeterdeferral@bge.com
………………………………………
PEPCO – MD Opt Out
701 9th Street NW
Mail Stop EP7642
Washington, DC 20068
………………………………………

Delmarva Power
MD Opt-Out
Mailstop 29SC59
PO Box 1739
Salisbury, MD 21802-1739

………………………………………
SMECO Opt Out
PO Box 1937
Hughesville, MD 20637

What Your Opt Out Letter Should Say

NOTICE OF DEFERRAL OF INSTALLATION OF SMART METERS PER PSC’S ORDER NO. 84926 DATED MAY 24, 2012

I am hereby notifying {name of utility here} and its agents that you are not to install a Smart Meter anywhere on my property pursuant to Order No. 84926 issued by the Maryland Public Service Commission on May 24, 2012.

Sign your name, include your account number, and address.  In addition, we recommend sending a copy to:

Public Service Commission
Attn: David J. Collins, Executive Secretary
William Donald Schaefer Tower
6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202-6806

To simplify things, we have a an opt out letter you can print, fill out, and mail at: http://marylandsmartmeterawareness.org/smart-meter-sample-letters-privacy-fees-optout/

However, please keep in mind that a more thorough approach would be to send one copy to your utility and another to the Public Service Commission address.

If you already have a smart meter installed

The PSC orders that you can write a letter similar that above and state that you do not want the Smart Meter that has already been installed.  The utility will refrain from activating the radiation or they will replace it with an analog meter.

Post a Notice on Your Existing Meter

We also recommend posting a sign on your existing meter. We have created one you can use. Download and print a sign now

Follow Up with your Utility Company

The utilities say their policy is to send a postcard a few weeks prior to installation, however, on a number of occasions, no such notice was received and residents came home and discovered that a new Smart Meter has been installed.

To print a DO Not Install Smart Meter Sign go to: http://marylandsmartmeterawareness.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/DoNotInstallSmartMeterSign_Spanish-Addition.pdf

ILLINOIS-Smart grid law rate hikes to total $382 million

Smart grid law rate hikes to total $382 millionFriday, Dec 12, 2014

* AP

The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved rate increases for the state’s two main electric utilities.

The commission this week authorized an 11 percent overall raise for ComEd and 17.4 percent overall raise for Ameren Illinois… The amount customers will pay depends on different factors, including their location and how much electricity they use, commission officials said. The increases will affect delivery charges or how much consumers pay to have electricity delivered. […]

The commission approved the increases after reviewing the utilities’ expenditures over the last year, officials said. The new rates were set using a formula created by a state law that allows utilities to recover costs for specific investments in infrastructure, such as smart meter and smart grid technology.

* The Citizens Utility Board, which is in general support of the smart grid, was shocked at the amount…

“Today, ComEd and Ameren received a total of about $382 million in rate hikes (reportedly $245 million for ComEd and about $137 million for Ameren). CUB is disappointed in these increases, especially as they will hit consumers in the heart of what could be another expensive winter. Illinois’ new way of setting electric rates—by formula—limits how much consumer advocates and regulators can reduce proposed increases. CUB does plan to file petitions for rehearing to lower the increases as much as possible. However, our focus is also on holding ComEd and Ameren accountable and pushing them to live up to their promise of building a better power grid that maximizes consumer benefits. Illinois consumers deserve to see results.”

Background:

      • These rate hikes take effect in January 2015. CUB is still crunching numbers to determine how this will impact individual bills. The increases affect delivery charges—what customers pay to have the electricity delivered to their homes. Those charges take up about a third to a half of the bill. The rest of the bill is taken up by the cost of the electricity itself. That supply rate is determined through a power-buying process managed by the Illinois Power Agency (IPA), a state agency, or by an alternative supplier, if a customer is with one.

• Since this increase involves delivery rates, all customers will pay the higher rates—even those with an alternative supplier.

• The delivery increases are in accordance with passage of the 2011 “Energy Infrastructure and Modernization Act,” or the “smart-grid bill.” The new law uses a formula to determine ComEd and Ameren rates annually for the next several years to pay for about $3.2 billion in system upgrades.

• ComEd’s initial rate-hike request was about $275 million and Ameren’s was about $206 million. Both companies filed the requests last April.

http://capitolfax.com/2014/12/12/smart-grid-law-rate-hikes-to-total-382-million/

OHIO-Utilities want to charge monthly fee to refuse ‘smart meter’

DAYTON DAILY NEWS

Posted: 5:27 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Utilities want to charge monthly fee to refuse ‘smart meter’

Staff Writer

Proposals in front of state regulators would allow electric companies to charge as much as $41 a month to customers who decide they don’t want a “smart meter” attached to their home.

Dayton Power & Light and Ohio Edison have not yet deployed “smart meters” in this area, but other utility companies throughout the state have submitted plans to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on costs they want to impose.

Duke Energy, which serves 690,000 customers in southwest Ohio, including the communities of Springboro and Franklin, has asked for a one time charge of $1,073 to take out the meter for a homeowner and an additional monthly fee of $40.63. AEP Ohio, which serves most of central Ohio, is asking for a monthly fee of $31.80.

Some people have expressed privacy concerns about the meters, worried that the technology will reveal details about their households. The devices use cellular and radio wave communication to transmit energy usage remotely, instead of having meter readers go door-to- door.

Utilities have said the concerns are unwarranted and the information is kept confidential in the same way that bills are kept private. They say the meters allow a close analysis of household and business energy consumption, can pinpoint outages, and help a utility restore power more easily.

At this point, the request for additional fees is in a holding pattern as regulators consider the proposal for charges, according to Sally Thelan of Duke Energy.

Thelan said the additional charges cover the separate billing system and additional manpower that will have to be maintained to keep two systems up and running.

“Duke Energy is at the tail end of its deployment program. It’s .1 percent, a handful of people, that are not embracing this tech. We are getting little push back from the general public,” Thelan said.

Websites like http://www.stopsmartmeters.com, emfsatetynetwork.com, and refusesmartmeters.com state that the meters cause unhealthy side effects, raise prices and are a violation of privacy. The sites call on consumers to post signs in their yards stating “smart meter free zone.”

“It’s a combination of unknown technology and misinformation. If we have concerned customers we reach out directly to them to clear up confusion,” Thelan said.

When the PUCO first considered the opt-out option in Oct0ber 2013, DP&L said it was against the proposal.

“DP&L strongly objects to the proposed rules requiring an opt-out program for advanced meter installations,” the utility told PUCO, saying meters are used “for safety purposes, meter access issues, tamper detection or efficiency purposes. A customer should not be able to determine what type of meter they require at their premises.”

This newspaper spoke to residents in Trenton and Franklin, where smart meters have already been deployed, and many of the homeowners were unaware that the devices had already been installed on their homes.

“I would like to call Duke and find out why they installed this new meter in my house without telling me. There could have been damages that they could have done behind the wall without me even knowing. They put extra holes in the house. I just don’t appreciate that,” said Jeff Conley of Franklin.

Several attempts are made to make consumers aware of the meter install, said Thelan.

“Six weeks prior we send out a letter, then there are door hangers, post cards, and phone calls, and then another letter two weeks ahead of the installation. I’ve never heard of customers not knowing they have a smart meter,” Thelan said.

AEP-Ohio has installed 110,000 smart meters in central Ohio. Ohio Edison First Energy has deployed 34,000 in the Cleveland area.

DP&L is still considering its plans for “smart meters.”

“Dayton Power and Light continues to monitor and track all information on challenges associated with the implementation of those technologies. We are continuing to monitor the progress of other investor-owned utilities throughout the state of Ohio on their smart grid projects,” DP&L director of metering services Kathy Storm said.

Steve Bennish contributed to this story.

FULL ARTICLE AT: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/utilities-want-to-charge-monthly-fee-to-refuse-sma/nhGGS/

Ontarians paying billions extra for electricity, auditor general finds For Smart Meter Program

Ontarians paying billions extra for electricity, auditor general finds

WATCH: Ontario’s auditor general found so-called smart meters that many people have installed on their homes, have cost customers far more than they should have —billions of dollars more. Eric Sorensen looks into the numbers.

TORONTO – People in Ontario are paying billions of dollars extra for electricity thanks to a flawed smart meter program and the above-market rates the province pays most power generators, Ontario’s auditor general reported Tuesday.

Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli disputed the auditor’s conclusions, suggesting her numbers were inaccurate because she didn’t understand the “complex” electricity system.

“The electricity system is very complex, it’s very difficult to understand,” he said. “I can tell you that some of our senior managers in discussing some of these issues with some of the representatives from the auditor general’s office got the feeling that they didn’t understand some of the elements of it.”

Ratepayers will pay $50 billion between 2006 and 2015 because of an extra charge on their electricity bills that covers the gap between guaranteed prices paid to contracted power generators and the market price, auditor general Bonnie Lysyk wrote in her annual report.

WATCH: Ontario energy minister says the Auditor General’s staff doesn’t understand complex energy system

The report also highlighted a “high-risk” loan to a MaRS real estate project in Toronto that left Lysyk uncertain about its benefit to taxpayers, as well as public-private infrastructure projects that are costing billions more than if they were delivered by the public sector.

FULL ARTICLE AT:  http://globalnews.ca/news/1717179/ontarians-paying-billions-extra-for-electricity-auditor-general-finds/

Spate of smart meter flame outs prompts Public Utilities Commission to launch safety inquiry

Spate of smart meter flame outs prompts Public Utilities Commission to launch safety inquiry

NV Energy really doesn’t want you to call them “fires.” While “consumed meters” create a “spectacular manifestation” when they are consumed, NV Energy’s smart meters have not started any structure fires in the state, utility officials say.

But Reno and Sparks fire chiefs say enough questionable fires in their jurisdictions are associated with the meters or the electrical panels the utility plugged them into that they called for a safety review.

Most of the meter flame outs in northern Nevada caused very little damage, destroying just the meter itself and leaving the exterior wall charred. City fire investigators can’t say with any certainty that the meters themselves caused the fire, and the investigators hired by NV Energy have found a variety of contributing factors, ruling out the meter itself in most of the incidents.

But an independent forensic expert hired by Reno and Sparks said a “common failure mode cannot be eliminated” in the meters he looked at.

The PUC has ordered NV Energy to turn over reams of information on its smart meter program and is in the process of reviewing more than 1,000 pages of documents to determine if a problem warrants further investigation.

http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2014/12/23/top-government-watchdog-stories/20510737/

Smart Meter Petitions presented, CHEK News

Smart Meter Petitions presented, CHEK News

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http://consumersadvocateleague.com/2014/12/23/smart-meter-petitions-presented-chek-news/

NV Energy turns over documents on smart meters to state

NV Energy turns over documents on smart meters to state

Posted: Dec 21, 2014 2:40 PM EST <em class=”wnDate”>Sunday, December 21, 2014 2:40 PM EST</em>Updated: Dec 21, 2014 2:40 PM EST <em class=”wnDate”>Sunday, December 21, 2014 2:40 PM EST</em>

RENO, Nev. (AP) — NV Energy has turned over more than 1,000 pages of documents to state regulators as part of an inquiry into whether smart meters installed on over 1 million Nevada homes and businesses pose a fire risk.

At the same time Friday, the utility outlined a three-step program to improve smart meter safety that includes closely monitoring the devices and using a different brand of meter on new homes and businesses.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the program also calls for the utility to install a “firmware” update that will allow a smart meter to send a signal or shut down when it begins to overheat.

The Public Utilities Commission decided to launch the inquiry after Reno and Sparks fire chiefs identified a string of fires they say started at a residential smart meter.

http://www.8newsnow.com/story/27681362/nv-energy-turns-over-documents-on-smart-meters-to-state