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BGE to start installing 'smart meters' in May

Monday - 3/19/2012, 6:05am  ET

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. will begin installing "smart meters" in May.

It's part of a major effort to modernize central Maryland's electricity grid. It could also help customers control energy use and save money, reports The Baltimore Sun.

The three-year, $482 million rollout begins in Pasadena and will continue in stages until 1.3 million analog electric meters are replaced with digital ones and 700,000 gas meters are upgraded by the end of 2014. The utility is mailing letters Monday to all BGE residential and commercial customers, informing them about the new meters.

Smart-meters allow the utility to get immediate information about outages and other problems on the grid. The new meters are intended to allow customers to track and control usage, helping them save on their energy bills.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com


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