BEFORE THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONOF THE STATE OF MARYLANDIn the Matter of Baltimore Gas andElectric Company for Authorization* Case No. 9208Deploy a Smart Grid Initiative andto Establish A Surcharge Mechanism*for the Recovery Of Cost.***********
MEMORANDUM TO COMMISSIONERS
Petitioner hereby submits this Memorandum to Commissioners as a supplementto comments filed on or about October 1, 2012, and incorporated herein by reference,and request that the Commissioners review it, as it contains relevant information andevidence of the dangers of digital meters. This information was just received by yourPetitioner on or about October 4, 2012.1. I served a request for documents relating to fires connected to electricmetersunder the Freedom of Information Act upon the Office of the State Fire Marshal(“OSFM”) dated September 5, 2012.2.On October 4, 2012 I received a response from OSFM producing oneresponsive fire incident report dated April 17, 2012 and submitted to OSFM by theAnne Arundel County Fire Department.
See Ex. A.
Note that the Deputy State FireMarshal indicated that he only produced one report because the OSFM does notconduct fire investigations in Anne Arundel County (the scope of my FOIA request) butthat it had received the one attached report. In the meantime, I have issued FOIArequests to fire departments in various jurisdictions and will provide the responses tothe Commissioners as they are received.3.I direct the Commissioners’ attention to Section D on page 2, where itindicates that the ignition was "arcing", the first item ignited was the exterior wallcovering and that factors contributing to the ignition included electrical failure,malfunction and equipment involved was 'wiring from meter box'. This language isconsistent with reports from other states regarding smart meter fires.
MAILLOG NO. 143088