Las Vegas CBS KXNT- NV Energy customers could not be required to take part in a program that boosts electricity rates during peak hours, under a bill in the Nevada legislature. Users are currently offered a chance to opt into the program, which also offers a discount for use outside of the high-demand 2-7 p.m. period.

Assemblyman James Healey acknowledges that the utility has posted a promise on its website not to force customers into the pilot program. But he’s introduced Assembly Bill 173 to keep it that way for senior citizens, stay-at-home moms, or people who run businesses from home, he says.

“They have no choice but to be home during they day,” Healey told KXNT.

Healey says the NV Energy pilot program pushes peak rates to 66 cents per kilowatt hour from the current rate of 11 cents. The rate drops to 6 cents during the off-peak hours.

A policy change requiring customers to pay rates based on time of day would require approval by the Public Utilities Commission.

Assembly Bill 173 did not get a vote after a hearing in a Senate policy committee.


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