Delegate introduces two bills to temper smart meters

WASHINGTON — Maryland regulators say you can opt out of accepting your utilities’ smart meters, but do you have to pay for it?

Under a Maryland Public Service Commission decision last week, rate payers would have to pay an initial surcharge, and then a monthy fee, if they want to opt out of accepting the so-called smart meters.

Maryland Delegate Glenn Glass, R-Cecil County, says they shouldn’t have to do so. He’s pushing two bills to address the situation: One would let you opt out without having to pay those fees; the second would prohibit power companies from selling information that the smart meters can collect.

WTOP’s Kate Ryan contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter and WTOP on Facebook.

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