Guide to Smart Meters and Opt-Out Fees
Most of the major electric companies and one gas company in Maryland either have installed new Advanced Meter Infrastructure ("AMI") meters, otherwise known as smart meters, or they are in the process of installation. These system changes will affect about 2 million electric customers in Maryland. In response to concerns of some customers over smart meters, the Maryland Public Service Commission decided to allow customers to opt-out of taking the new smart meters by paying a fee to the utility company.
If you live in Maryland, you probably live in an electric service territory where you already have an Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) meter, commonly called a smart meter. These companies are regulated by the Maryland Public Service Commission (“Commission or “PSC”). The following companies have installed smart meters: