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Pepco has asked the Maryland Public Service Commission to allow it to charge a $75 up-front fee to those customers who opted out of the smart meters.
Pepco customers are questioning higher-than-usual power bills this month after smart meters were installed on their homes.
Pepco's effort to have all customers on smart meters by the end of 2012 isn't going to happen.
The D.C. Public Service Commission reversed course Friday and decided it would investigate whether new smart meters that PEPCO is installing in the city are safe and whether customers should be allowed to opt-out.
Taking a taxi in the Nation's capital is about to get more expensive, but it will also be safer and more convenient.
The Maryland Public Service Commission says utility customers can defer installation of so-called smart meters until the panel issues a permanent order on whether customers can opt out of the meters entirely.