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:
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.