Smart Meter Opt Out/Deferral

 Smart Meter Opt Out/Deferral 

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Can I opt out, or choose not to have a meter installed?
On February 26, 2014, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) made a decision on smart meter opt out and related costs for customers who do not want a smart meter. If you choose to have a smart meter installed, or keep the smart meter that is already installed, these fees will not apply to you.
Why should customers have to pay if they don’t want a smart meter?
If customers determine that they do not want a smart meter, there are operating costs related to supporting this option, including maintaining a manual meter-reading staff and a dual billing system as well as the need for  IT system modifications  and increased customer support.   The PSC has determined that customers should bear the appropriate costs for these additional operations that are outside of the utilities’ plans for the current system upgrade.
I am an TOU customer. Can I stay on the TOU program if I opt-out?
​As BGE transitions to smart meter technology, customers will need a smart meter in order to participate in the Time of Use (TOU) rate program.  For customers currently on TOU who wish to opt out of smart meters, you will be transitioned to standard rates