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20.25.01.00.htm 20.25.01.00. Title 20 PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION Subtitle 25 ELECTRIC AND GAS SUBMETERS IN APARTMENT HOUSES, OFFICE BUILDINGS, AND SHOPPING CENTERS Chapter 01 General Regulations Authority: Public Utilities Article, §2-121 and 7-303, Annotated Code of Maryland
20.25.01.01.htm 20.25.01.01. 01 General.. A. Purpose of Submetering. The purpose of submetering is to encourage effective conservation and efficient use of electricity or gas by fairly allocating its cost among the ultimate users within a master metered apartment house, office building, or shopping center.B. Availability of Submetering. An owner, operator, or manager of an apartment house, office building, or shopping center who has a master meter may install submeters in accordance with legislation en
20.25.01.02.htm 20.25.01.02. 02 General Requirements.. A. All Units Submetered. A unit in an apartment house, shopping center, or office building may not be submetered unless all units in that building are submetered.B. Information in Leases. All rental contracts or leases between the owner and an occupant shall clearly state that:1) The apartment house, office building, or shopping center is submetered;. 2) Bills for electric or gas consumption shall be rendered based on the submeter readings;.
20.25.01.03.htm 20.25.01.03. 03 Owners' Requirements.. A. Right to Install Equipment. The owner has the right to install all necessary submetering equipment and wiring on the property occupied by the occupant in accordance with these regulations and with any other applicable national, State, or local codes or requirements.B. Equipment Accessibility. The occupant shall provide suitable space for the installation of submetering equipment. All submeters shall be installed where they will be readil
20.25.01.04.htm 20.25.01.04. 04 Electric Submetering.. A. Type of Submeter.. 1) All submeters installed in compliance with these regulations shall be of a type and class to properly and accurately register electrical consumption.2) The meter type and design shall meet the applicable provisions of the latest edition of the American National Standard for Electric Meters ― Code for Electricity Metering, incorporated by reference in COMAR 20.50.02.02C.
20.25.01.04-1.htm 20.25.01.04-1. 04-1 Gas Submetering.. A. Type of Submeter.. 1) All submeters installed in compliance with these regulations shall be of a type and class to properly and accurately register gas consumption.2) A submeter installed for billing purposes shall have been approved by the Commission.. B. Charges for Gas. All charges for gas used by an occupant shall be calculated from the readings of the occupant's submeter.C. Meter Accuracy. All submeters in service shall be tested by the owner as
20.25.01.05.htm 20.25.01.05. 05 Bills, Bill Forms, and Payments.. A. Amount Billed to Occupant. The amount billed to any occupant shall be for only the quantity consumed by the unit, as recorded on the unit's submeter. Energy used in common areas and common facilities may not be billed to any occupant.B. Calculation of Bills.. 1) The occupants' bills shall be calculated as follows: After receipt of the bill from the utility, electric supplier, or gas supplier, the owner shall divide the total net bi
20.25.01.06.htm 20.25.01.06. 06 Records.. A. Billing Records.. 1) All records associated with the computation of charges rendered to occupants for electric or gas service shall be retained for a minimum period of 2 years.2) The owner shall maintain and make available for inspection by the occupant, upon request, the following records:a) The bills from the utility to the owner for the current month and the 24 preceding months;. b) The calculation of the average cost of electricity or gas for the curren
20.25.01.07.htm 20.25.01.07. 07 Complaints.. A. Bill and Meter Accuracy Disputes. Any dispute relating to the occupant's bill and to the accuracy of his submeter is between the owner and the occupant, and excludes the utility.B. Complaint Procedures. Any complaint by an occupant against an owner shall be handled by the complaint agency. An occupant is not a customer of the utility. An occupant is not entitled to have complaint or other customer rights before the Commission.
20.25.01.9999.htm 20.25.01.9999. Administrative History Effective date: August 22, 1980 (7:17 Md. R. 1673). Regulations .01 and .02 amended effective September 9, 1985 (12:18 Md. R. 1767). Regulation .01F amended effective March 31, 2003 (30:6 Md. R. 422). Regulation .04A amended effective March 31, 2003 (30:6 Md. R. 422) March 27, 2006 (33:6 Md. R. 579). Regulation .04D and E amended effective September 9, 1985 (12:18 Md. R. 1767). Regulation .04I, J amended effective March 31, 2003 (30:6 Md. R. 422).
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