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BGE set to charge opt-out meter fees

Customers who haven’t responded to Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.’s multiple requests to install a smart meter will be charged the $75 opt-out fee, BGE announced Wednesday. The Public Service Commission ruled Nov. 25 that BGE could charge the fee after 15 attempts at contacting a customer. BGE will notify customers 30 days in advance that they will be billed in three installments of $25 and an additional monthly fee of $11. BGE said the utility incurs additional costs from standard meters, including meter readers and special data processing. J. Andrew Dodge, vice president of technical services for BGE, said in a statement: “We urge those customers who want a smart meter to call us as soon as possible to avoid the opt-out fees.”

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