An Act To Eliminate the Opt-out Charges for Smart Meters
Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA §3104, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 412, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA §3144 is enacted to read:
§ 3144. Certain meter fees prohibited; alternate billing
The commission may adopt routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A to implement this section.
This bill prohibits a transmission and distribution utility from charging a customer a fee or a higher rate for declining the installation or for the removal of a wireless smart meter. If a customer declines the installation of a wireless smart meter, the transmission and distribution utility may decrease the number of times the electromechanical meter is read, but may not read the meter less frequently than once every 12 months, and may establish a rate collection method that is based upon the average electricity consumption of the customer.