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Smart Meters Program Causes Stir

(Las Vegas, NV) — NV Energy wants to charge you, whether you use a smart-meter or not.

At a recent meeting the utility giant suggested that the meters are good for all customers, whether or not they use the devices.

And if you opt-out you will still have to pay according to Peter Kostes with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.
“There will be an up-front installation fee for another meter other than the smart-meter. That  will cost $98.75 and a recurring fee that ranges from $7.24 to $9.22.”

For the manual-read meter, it could cost as much as a one-time charge of $178.03.

The PUC approved NY Energy’s smart-meter program two years ago, but objections from customers ranged from privacy to health issues.

There are three options that the PUC heard recently. One would be a digital meter that can be read remotely. The second would be a meter that would need to be read by a meter-reader. And third would be a pay-as-you-go meters, not unlike a cell phone.

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