NV Energy Discusses 'Smart' Meter Installations

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

Carson City, NV - About 50 concerned citizens showed up in Carson City for a workshop at the Public Utilities Commission workshop.
The topic: the new smart meters NV Energy is installing in all homes and businesses.

The smart meters allow two-way communication between the customer and NV Energy - because they track energy usage constantly. Customers can review each day how much energy they use. The results are also relayed back to NV Energy.

The smart meters have been controversial, though, because some people are concerned about the effects it could have on their health. They're worried about the radio frequency exposures from the smart meters. However, at the workshop on Tuesday, NV Energy insisted that the radio frequency levels associated with smart meters are well below the Federal Communications Commission's guidelines.

Not everyone was satisfied, though. Juanita Cox showed up to hear what NV Energy and doctors had to say at the workshop and she said she felt even more concerned. And her friend, Lynn Chapman, was disappointed that no NV Energy customer will be able to "opt out" if they don't want their analog meter swapped out for a smart meter.

NV Energy will start installing the smart meters in Northern Nevada in December. The project should be competed by December 2012. NV Energy says it has already installed about 500,000 smart meters in the Southern Nevada area.

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