Officials approve smart meter opt-out program
November 29, 2012
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Officials have approved an alternative for NVEnergy customers who don’t want the new smart meters.
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada says Southern Nevada customers opting out can pay $98.75 to install an electric meter, plus $8.14 every month.
Northern Nevada customers opting out will pay a $107.66 upfront cost, plus an $8.04 monthly fee.
Northern Nevadans can also opt out of a smart gas meter for a one-time fee of $6.08.
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.
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The alternative meters require someone to manually check the readings each month.
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