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October 21, 2014

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Public Utilities Commission close to decision on smart meters

CARSON CITY — The state Public Utilities Commission has set Feb. 29 for a special meeting to possibly make a decision on the controversial issue of smart meters.

Two workshops were held to gather evidence and to hear complaints from some ratepayers who claim the meters are not safe, that personal information will be released and the units are not accurate.

Some NV Energy and Sierra Pacific Power Co. of Reno customers want the right to reject the meters or to have one removed once installed at no cost.

The utilities earlier estimated it would cost $110 for an employee to visit a home initially and then $14 a month for a meter reader to continue to monitor the existing units.

Nevada Power has already installed more than 700,000 smart meters in Clark County, and Sierra Pacific Power started its work in December.

An investigative report by the PUC staff will be posted on the commission’s website Thursday.

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  1. NV Energy must be expecting a "win" at the Public Utilities Commission, because just yesterday we got a notice from them saying they are going to finish installing Smart Meters in our neighborhood.

  2. Since the Smart meter was installed at my home, some of my appliances have been behaving badly. My thermostat, for example, has had weird messages displayed on it.

    Consumers should have choice and not be punished if they opt to NOT have the Smart Meter, especially when they have NO choice over their utility service provider...NV Energy and SNWA have monopolies over our utilities here in Las Vegas.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star