NV Energy May Charge Extra for Those Refusing Smart Meters

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada's largest utility wants to charge an extra fee to those customers who don't want the new smart meters.

NV Energy officials have prepared a draft order to present to the state Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday to establish the alternative system for the estimated 10,000 customers who want to opt out of the new technology.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that in southern Nevada, it would cost $98 to install the alternative meter plus a monthly fee of $9. In northern Nevada, installation would cost $107 with a $10 monthly fee.

NV Energy has installed about 1.3 million smart meters, which can transmit meter-reading data directly from a home or business to the utility.

Some customers critical of the meters fear they might cause health hazards or invade their privacy.