Regulators Approve Smart Meter Opt-Out Program

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada regulators have approved a
program for residents to opt out of NV Energy's smart meter
initiative.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday agreed to allow consumers
the option of having a digital meter that will still require manual
readings by drive-by meter readers.

Smart meters can be read remotely. NV Energy says they update
electric consumption data every 15 minutes, allowing the utility
company to manage power generation and purchasing more efficiently.

NV Energy wants to replace 1.45 million analog meters statewide.
Company officials say replacing them with smart meters will save
$36 million annually.

Commissioners gave the company about two months to propose rates for people who opt out of the smart reader program.


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