Maryland Utility lowers Opt Out Fee

Posted: December 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

BGE’s opt-out fee was lowered from $11 monthly to $5.50 due to the unexpectedly high opt-out rate in BGE’s service area (about 4%). Sounds good BUT… BGE is the first Maryland utility to seek recovery of costs for their wireless smart meter program.  The day after BGE’s opt-out fee adjustment hearing, the utility announced it was seeking a rate hike to the tune of $15.20 monthly — $7.56 for electricity and $7.64 for gas, to recover the costs of their wireless smart meter program.  The temporary relief BGE’s customers get by the lowered opt-out fee pales next to the looming rate hike.  How things unfold with BGE will set a precedent for the other utilities.

-http://MarylandSmartMeterAwareness.org

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