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MD: Smart Meter Electrical Fires

Baltimore, MD: Regulators in two states are investigating allegations of dangerously overheating electric meters after Peco Energy Co. this month suspended installation of the devices when two of its customers’ houses caught fire.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission staff has asked Peco for results of its investigation into the failure rates of the advanced “smart meters” that the utility began installing in March. Peco says 15 of the 186,000 digital devices it installed have overheated, including several that exploded into electrical fires.

The Maryland Public Service Commission, prompted by reports of the electrical fires in Pennsylvania, held a hearing Tuesday in Baltimore to explore what Maryland utilities are doing to monitor their smart-meter installations.

Story via philly.com

 

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