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

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