Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 | 2 a.m.
The Nevada Public Utilities Commission has fallen into the Nevada energy trap and has been swallowed.
By charging extra for those who do not accept “smart meters,” the PUC is asking those who already pay for meter reading to pay more. What is our benefit? Is the service better, electricity better, more reliable, etc.?
By charging for replacement analog meters, the PUC is requiring existing customers to pay for new meters because NV Energy claims the old ones are defective and inaccurate. Note, they are NV Energy’s meters. How does the PUC know that any replacement meters are more accurate or perhaps more inaccurate to the benefit of NV Energy?
The old price game has been won by NV Energy. It needs $5, asks for $10 and gets $7.50. It got more than it needed, and the customers end up paying.
Something is very wrong when the PUC, which is charged to protect the monopoly’s customers, acts like an arm of the monopoly. I charge the Legislature with the responsibility to fix this problem.