Maryland PSC Approves BGE Smart Grid Upgrade

Posted on August 17, 2010. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , |

Here’s some exciting news for smart grid advocates: BGE has recieved approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission to proceed with its amended smart grid upgrade plan! The approval came just in the nick of time to allow the utility to take advantage of a $200 million DOE grant, which had a deadline of August 16th.

According the BGE website, the grant will help reduce the cost of the upgrade to consumers by 80%. The costs are estimated to be around $.30 per month for residential customers, but BGE estimates that they will help save consumers and aggregate $2.5 million/year or an average of $100/customer. BGE also announced that it would unveil an energy management portal for consumers in October 2011, ahead of schedule.

In other utility news, Pepco is getting heat from lawmakers and citizens for its inability to keep the power on during storms. The City of Gaithersburg sent a letter of complaint to the public service commission, while Governor O’Malley questioned the utlity’s shortcomings on the Kojo Nnamdi show last week (video below).

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