Maryland Bill Would Allow Customers to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Feb. 14, 2018) – A bill filed in the Maryland House would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses without penalty. Passage of this bill would enable Marylanders to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

A bipartisan coalition of 12 delegates introduced House Bill 1274 (HB1274) on Feb. 9. The legislation would ensure utility customers can easily opt-out of smart meter programs.

Smart meters monitor home energy usage in minute detail in real time. The devices transmit data to the utility company where it gets stored in databases. Anybody with access to the data can download it for analysts. Without specific criteria limiting access to the data, these devices create significant privacy issues. Smart meters can also be used to remotely limit power usage during peak hours.

Under the proposed law, utility companies would be required to notify customers before installing smart meters. The notification would have to state that customers may refuse installation of a smart meter at no additional cost and that they can require the utility company to remove a smart meter for …

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