Lisa Madigan

Md. panel ponders smart-meter alternative

Md. panel ponders smart-meter alternative

Some Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers — Del. Glen Glass of Harford County included — are convinced that they don't want a smart meter wirelessly sending data about their energy usage day in and out.

Some, like Eric Rockel of Lutherville, are withholding judgment while they do more research.

Maryland utility regulators firmly support the new meters, but even they have decided to do more research. They want to know the cost of customers opting out and keeping one of the old analog meters before ruling on whether to allow it.

The Maryland Public Service Commission said this week that it would impose an "appropriate" charge on anyone opting out, if it does...