PUC Allows Smart Meter Opt-Out
(Carson City, NV) — NV Energy customers will be allowed to reject so-called smart meters-for a price. The state Public Utilities Commission gave the OK yesterday for homeowners to swap out their smart meters for an alternative digital device. But customers must pay for installation of the new meters, and face a monthly fee. No final decision has been made on the exact cost to opt-out, but NV Energy said in an earlier filing that it might seek a one-time opt-out fee of $110, and a monthly charge of $15. Critics claim the smart meters pose a health hazard and are an invasion of privacy, but the PUC has rejected those arguments.