BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Public Service Commission says utility customers can defer installation of so-called smart meters until the panel issues a permanent order on whether customers can opt out of the meters entirely.
The commission's order is effective immediately and affects customers of Baltimore Gas & Electric, Potomac Electric Power Company and Delmarva Power.
Customers must notify their utility in writing that they don't want smart meters installed. Those who have smart meters already installed can tell the utility in writing not to activate the meters' transmitters.
The PSC emphasized that no decision has been made on whether to allow utility customers to permanently opt out of the smart meters.
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