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BLOG: Smart Meters: Have You Deferred Installation Yet?

SAY NO TO SMART METERS! They violate constitutional rights, interfere with medical devices (pacemakers, wireless insulin pumps…) & invisible dog fences. BGE will increase rates to recover the costs.

On May 22nd, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC), the regulatory body over Baltimore Gas & Electric (and other utilities), held a public hearing to determine whether or not customers should be allowed to opt out of having a Smart Meter installed on their home or business.

On May 24th, the PSC issued an interim order allowing customers to "defer" installation of the wireless meters by requesting a deferral in writing to BG&E, while BG&E continues to install on homes and businesses in the Severna Park area.  This information has not been widely publicized and Maryland Smart Meter Awareness wants residents to know they do not have to accept a meter right now.

A form letter for you to use:

Date:

Account No:

Sent Via Certified Mail to Baltimore Gas & Electric, ATTN:  SMART GRID DEFERRAL, P. O. Box 1475, Baltimore, MD  21203

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

I am hereby notifying BG&E and its agents (including but not limited to Grid One Solutions, Inc., the installers) that I request a deferral of installation of a Smart Meter on my home or business and that you are to refrain from installing such meter pursuant to Order No. 84926.

Sign your name and send a copy to David Collins, Executive Secretary, Public Service Commission, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, 16th Fl, Baltimore, MD 21202-6808.

If you have have a meter installed, the PSC's order provides that you can write a similar letter and state that you do not want the Smart Meter that has already been installed, and as such, BGE is to refrain from activating the transmitter, which results in activating the radiation.

You should also visit MarylandSmartMeterAwareness.org for additional information, bumper stickers, lawn signs, meter signs, etc.  Help spread the word.

Also - beware - BGE has promised to send a postcard a few weeks in advance of your meter replacement (BGE calls it a mere upgrade when it is a replacement of your safe analog meter with an unsafe Smart Meter), however, in many cases, the installer (Grid One Solutions) is just appearing without notice.  If you are not home to defend your analog meter by saying "NO" to the installers, you may come home one day to a new "smart" meter that 10 other states are fighting as well.

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George Karadimas July 18, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Attention: Maryland residents that filed their opt-out with the Utility, but ended up getting a smart meter installed, contact Obi Linton "olinton@psc.state.md.us" at the PSC because it is a violation of Order #84926. And the PSC wants all order violations reported.
George Karadimas July 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM
http://stopkiuc.com/ Page down about 3/4 of the way to see RF RADIATION graphs Some of the legal arguments being made / discussed relate to the fact that KIUC is a coop.
George Karadimas July 23, 2012 at 08:30 PM
State study links cellphone use to cancer http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local%20News/071412emf-ac Smart Meters are Next?
George Karadimas July 23, 2012 at 11:10 PM
DON’T SMART METER ME! – Notice of Non-Consent for Smart Meter Installation, Notice of Liability http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/dont-smart-meter-me-notice-of-non-consent-for-smart-meter-installation/ You Got Love Sir. VeilMeNot Patron Saint of analog Meters.
George Karadimas February 18, 2013 at 11:36 PM
VOX POPULI..Let them hear Us Loud and Clear! "Dear MSMA Member, Because we realize some of you do not have enough time to go on line and download a letter to your delegates, we are making it very easy for you to get involved. While letters and face-to-face meetings are much more effective, signing the petition below is much simpler and will have some impact. The petition urges your Maryland Delegates to support the NO FEE OPT OUT House Bill 1038 introduced by Delegate Glenn Glass. Please by all means feel free to forward this message to any non MSMA member who might respond favorably. Click on the link below to add your name. http://signon.org/sign/maryland-house-bill-1038?source=c.fwd&r_by=7048862 Jonathan Libber, President Maryland Smart Meter Awareness" http://tinyurl.com/HB1038

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