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Utility To Defend Smart Meters

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — NV Energy says its plan to install digital “smart” meters in homes and businesses across northern Nevada does not infringe on customer privacy.

Nevada’s main electric utility is poised to discuss its plan before the state Public Utilities Commission today in Carson City.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that NV Energy has already installed 500,000 smart meters in the Las Vegas area. Officials say the $301 million program will let customers see data and adjust peak hourly electricity use.

Similar devices are being used in California, Texas, Oklahoma, Maine, Washington, Tennessee, Kansas and Ohio.

Critics say the meters have never been tested for long-term health issues. They are concerned about radiation and consumer privacy.

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