Local utility officials say they aren't fazed by a decision from Maryland energy regulators who, citing unfair charges to customers, rejected a smart meter project similar to those being implemented in Burbank and Glendale.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, an investor-owned utility, had plans to install 1.2 million smart energy meters, which track customer water and electricity usage in real time. But on Monday, the Maryland Public Service Commission denied the plan to finance the $835-million project through billing surcharges.
The company had received $200 million in federal stimulus funding for the proposal — far more than Glendale and Burbank utilities, which were awarded $20 million each to fund their smart grid projects. The two cities were among just a handful across the nation to get the stimulus funding. The smart meter project in Burbank and Glendale is estimated to eventually cost more than $40 million.
"We're shocked that [the Public Service Commission] is jeopardizing the $200-million stimulus grant awarded by the Department of Energy to help pay for the initiative," Robert Gould, a spokesman for Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, said in a statement.