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Some consumers oppose smart meters in Md.

Some consumers oppose smart meters in Md.

Jonathan Libber likes his analog utility meter just fine.

And no amount of debate will convince him that new wireless, digital "smart meters" being installed by Baltimore Gas & Electric and other utilities around the country would help conserve energy, reduce his bill and make service more reliable.

"They are a bad idea," said Libber, 59, president of Maryland Smart Meter Awareness, a citizens group opposed to smart meters. "There has been no demonstrated savings for the regulated ratepayer. That's the first problem. The second problem is that they're potentially very dangerous."

Libber is one of a growing chorus of consumers in Maryland...