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Seventy Pepco Customers Say No to Smart Meters

Pepco said customers opting out won't get a smart meter installed, and those who already have one installed, can get their old meter back.

As of Monday morning, 70 Pepco customers have submitted written requests to opt out of their smart meters, according to Myra Oppel, Pepco spokesperson.

"If they already had their meters installed, we will go and switch out that meter," Oppel said, explaining that Pepco will put back in a traditional manual-read meter.

Pepco will defer the installation of a smart meter once a written request is made to the company to keep the existing meter, according to Oppel.

In addition to the 70 requests, Pepco has received phone calls about the smart meters, according to Oppel, who did not have the number of calls at press time.

Pepco's actions are temporary, pending a final decision on opt-outs by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC).

On May 24, the Maryland PSC issued an order telling Pepco, Baltimore Gas & Electric, and Delmarva Power, “the utilities shall refrain from installing a smart meter in the home or business of any customer who notifies the utility in writing that they do not wish to have a smart meter installed.”

The order also prohibited the utility companies from activating smart meters already installed, should they receive a written request from a customer.

Smart meters are devices that send information about household energy use to a power company via electromagnetic radiation. A smart meter replaces a traditional electricity meter, which a power company representative must visit every month to get a electricity usage reading.

Smart meters can make it easier for power companies to know about power outages, and they can help customers track their energy use at different times of the day. But, some object to the electromagnetic radiation they emit, and would prefer that such devices stay away from their homes and families, .

But Pepco says the meters do not pose a health risk. Pepco and Delmarva Power support the position that radio frequency exposure from smart meters is far below and less frequent than other common electric devices, such as cell phones and baby monitors.

Customers still wishing to opt out, can send in a written request or fill out an online form.

How to Opt Out

Customers wishing to opt out, can do so by submitting an online form.

Or, they may send a written request to:

Pepco
MD Opt-out
701 9th St. NW
Mail Stop EP7642
Washington, DC 20068

George Karadimas February 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM
VOX POPULI..Let them hear Us Loud and Clear! "Dear MSMA Member, Because we realize some of you do not have enough time to go on line and download a letter to your delegates, we are making it very easy for you to get involved. While letters and face-to-face meetings are much more effective, signing the petition below is much simpler and will have some impact. The petition urges your Maryland Delegates to support the NO FEE OPT OUT House Bill 1038 introduced by Delegate Glenn Glass. Please by all means feel free to forward this message to any non MSMA member who might respond favorably. Click on the link below to add your name. http://signon.org/sign/maryland-house-bill-1038?source=c.fwd&r_by=7048862 Jonathan Libber, President Maryland Smart Meter Awareness" http://tinyurl.com/HB1038
KMcGee February 27, 2013 at 01:38 AM
@Tom Termini Wrong, you should probably stop misinforming people and take a chemistry class. Molecular vibrations typically occur in the infrared. Molecular rotations will typically occur in the microwave region (dipole only molecules such as water). While the vast majority of these interactions will result in very small effects, non ionizing radiation does effect molecules. @Things This has to do with that flouride statement. Regardless whether Flouride has benefit or not, it is not ethical to treat patients who may not want it. There is no way to track dose. Some people drink more water than others. It was a noble idea, but it really wasn't implemented the way it should have been. If they want to do it, force it on the kids in the schools in specific doses and allow patients to opt out. I will also say that I'm not so sure that the effects of these are doing everything people are claiming. But ill be damned if I'm going to be the one claiming money 10 years down the road because of some cancer that this shit has caused. If it was banned in other countries I'd like to see the studies PEPCO has conducted showing that those countries were wrong in banning it. http://stopsmartmeters.org/2013/02/21/pepco-caught-in-lie-about-smart-meter-rf-frequency/ And stop lying about it. http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/244277/187/Smart-Meters-May-Emit-Radiation-More-Frequently-than-Pepco-Admits
joe marsh March 01, 2013 at 06:21 PM
These meters should be outlawed. This video really sums it up> http://youtu.be/eCO4R7wVPHc
George Karadimas March 01, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Opt Out Deferral in Maryland is Good til July 1, 2013 Details here http://marylandsmartmeterawareness.org/opt-out-news/option-to-defer-smart-meters/ Support NO FEE Smart Meter OPT OUT Legislation in Maryland Details Here http://marylandsmartmeterawareness.org/smart-meter-news/guide-for-legislative-campaign-for-january-2013-session-seeking-free-opt-out/ Smart Meter Opt OUT Petition Here http://signon.org/sign/maryland-house-bill-1038?source=c.fwd&r_by=7048862 Easy link to remember and tell your friends Here tinyurl.com/HB1038 Do your part, Tell two Friends, Get involved.

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