Smart Meter Debate Continues

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Scores of Nevadans say they should be allowed to “opt out” of smart meters being installed by NV Energy, without having to pay for the option.

Overflow crowds showed up Wednesday at a hearing of the state Public Utilities Commission, which is considering proposals to allow consumers to keep their old meters. Critics say smart meters pose health hazards and are an invasion of privacy.

Smart meters permit readings to be done in the office rather than having a meter reader go to homes every month. NV Energy wants to charge customers who opt out of the program to cover the cost of sending someone to read their meter.

The PUC will make a decision at a later date.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press

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