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Utilities Urged to Give Customers More Time to Pay Winter Bills

Maryland utilities are being urged to give residents until the end of May to pay off winter's whopping utility bills. Both BG&E and PEPCO have already extended their shut-off date.

Maryland utilities are being urged to give residents until the end of May to pay off winter's whopping utility bills. FIle|Patch
Maryland utilities are being urged to give residents until the end of May to pay off winter's whopping utility bills. FIle|Patch

The brutal winter sent utility bills skyrocketing, leaving some utility customers scrambling to pay their bills to avoid having service shut off. 

The Maryland Public Service Commission has urged all utilities to extend the grace period for customers to bring their bills up to date or work out payment plans. While some utilities had planned to start terminating service after March 31, the commission wants that date pushed back to May 31, reports CBS DC.

The order says that Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., Potomac Electric Power Co. and Delmarva Power Co. have already extended the period. Those utilities had proposed the extension in February. The commission wants all Maryland utilities to consider a similar extension.

The commission says it’s also directing utilities to move faster to honor requests from customers with so-called smart meters to switch to competing retail suppliers.

Bob Higginbotham April 18, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Maybe the bills of these monopolies wouldn't be so high if certain frivolous cost items like bonuses were discontinued.
Bob Higginbotham April 18, 2014 at 06:52 PM
As far as smart meters are concerned the only people they benefit are the utilities. It is just another piece of the big brother is watching you. The things they can find out about your private life can be sold to the appropriate interested party. So the know when you're watching TV, on the computer and much, much more. Also, if you have some type of artificial assist like a pace maker don't even get close to the device.
PH April 18, 2014 at 07:05 PM
LOL, Sharon, first I gotta go thru Plan A, before moving on to B. It would be great if most would take my stand, but they won't because they are chickens**ts. Plan B is a good plan, but not everyone wants to go there. It's not illegal, neither of my plans are.
Bryan Harz April 18, 2014 at 07:20 PM
Just read they can tell what appliances are on by the type of load your residence is drawing. Motors, heating elements are higher loads than consumer electronics. It seems like they can't tell the difference between the levels of loads, but not positive they can tell the difference between the individual levels of loads. Like if your TV and PC had the same or close power supply watt ratings, they wouldn't know which one you turn on. Just that something drawing a particular amount of current was turned on. That's what I can tell.
Bryan Harz April 18, 2014 at 07:26 PM
Looks like the RF output of the meters is 1 watt which is around the exposure of a microwave oven, but not half as much as a baby monitor. I'm sure that would affect a pacemaker or something like that. I'm not familiar with what happens when there's RF introduced into the artificial assist device.

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