BGE: Surcharge critical to smart meter plan

Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. on Thursday defended its plan to pay for its smart grid program with some form of surcharge passed on to customers, and intimated that it might walk away from the project without one. After rejecting BGE’s first plan in June, the Public Service Commission began two days of hearings about ...


  1. BGE should serve its customers not demand its customers serve them. If the DOE and BGE want this smartgrid, let them pay for all of it. In the end, smartgrid will only bring higher costs for the consumer since we have only limited ability to alter the time when we use power.

  2. Another way to look at it….
    I am struggling to keep my 728 sq ft apt cooled and heated within my budget. (laid off two years ago) Why should I pay as much for my frugality as someone who has a 4-5 bedroom McMansion out in Howard County? These mega homes that were built and are continuing to be built, use up so much more energy even if they are ” energy efficient”. Those that want to live a “larger Life” should pay a larger fee for all that energy. When I don’t keep the light on in the bath or kitchen, it irks me to see these big homes with lawn lights, lights on in every room, on the entertaining deck etc. That may be their lifestyle because they can afford it, but I can’t. They should hold more of their own burden if they want it that bad.

  3. Who will shoulder the Lions share of savings? Reduced staff for meter readings, reduced transportation costs for meter reading,less live telephone response outages reported by meters, some meters in place are fully depreciated and need to be replaced anyway and hand held meter reading devices. With over 1.2 million customers and 835 million in total costs 200 million covered by fed, 20 million a year in reduced staff (Low figure total comp $100,000 insurance and taxes for 200 employees) over 15 years totals 300 million. transportation savings true guess figure ($2000 a year per vehicle 200 vehicles times 15 years) 6,000,000. These are very rough figures and probably low for there savings and would leave a cost per customer of $284 any more is robbery.

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