2013 Maryland and Smart Meters – HB 1038 and HB 1066 – referred to “interim study”

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Two bills have been introduced and will be heard together – HB 1038 and HB 1066.  Both are sponsored by Delegate Glass.  These are good bills for those who are opposed to “smart meters”.

HB 1038 prohibits electric companies from installing smart meters if the customer does not wish to have the meter and prohibits penalties for this “opt out”.

(2) THE NOTICE REQUIRED UNDER PARAGRAPH (1) OF THIS SUBSECTION SHALL CONSPICUOUSLY STATE THAT THE CUSTOMER HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REFUSE THE INSTALLATION OF A SMART METER BY RETURN  MAILING OF THE NOTICE INDICATING THE CUSTOMER’S DECISION TO REFUSE THE INSTALLATION OF A SMART METER.

(3) A CUSTOMER IS DEEMED TO HAVE GIVEN PERMISSION TO THE ELECTRIC COMPANY TO INSTALL A SMART METER:

(I) ON RECEIPT BY THE ELECTRIC COMPANY OF A RETURNED NOTICE EXPLICITLY GRANTING PERMISSION; OR

(II) IF THE ELECTRIC COMPANY HAS NOT RECEIVED A RETURNED NOTICE, WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE NOTICE IS GIVEN.
(C) (1) ON WRITTEN REQUEST FROM A CUSTOMER AT ANY TIME, AN ELECTRIC COMPANY SHALL EXCHANGE AN ANALOG METER FOR A SMART METER OR A SMART METER FOR AN ANALOG METER.

(2) AN ELECTRIC COMPANY MAY NOT PENALIZE OR CHARGE A CUSTOMER FOR REFUSING THE INSTALLATION OF A SMART METER, CONTINUING TO USE AN ANALOG METER, OR REQUESTING AN EXCHANGE UNDER PARAGRAPH (1) OF THIS SUBSECTION.

HB 1066 prohibits electric companies from releasing customer data to third parties for any reason other than preparation of billing.

(1)EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH (2) OF THIS SUBSECTION, AN ELECTRIC COMPANY MAY NOT DISCLOSE USAGE DATA OBTAINED FROM A SMART METER TO A THIRD PARTY WITHOUT THE CUSTOMER’S WRITTEN CONSENT.

(2) AN ELECTRIC COMPANY MAY DISCLOSE USAGE DATA OBTAINED FROM A SMART METER TO A THIRD PARTY FOR THE PURPOSE OF PREPARING A CUSTOMER BILL.

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Hearings 3/14 at 1:00 p.m.