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Regulators OK ‘opt-out’ option for smart meters
by Tribune Staff
Mar 02, 2012 | 1465 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

CARSON CITY (AP) — Nevada regulators have approved a program for residents to opt out of NV Energy’s smart meter initiative.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday agreed to allow consumers the option of having a digital meter that will still require manual readings by drive-by meter readers.

Smart meters can be read remotely. NV Energy says they update electric consumption data every 15 minutes, allowing the utility company to manage power generation and purchasing more efficiently.

NV Energy wants to replace 1.45 million analog meters statewide. Company officials say replacing them with smart meters will save $36 million annually.

Commissioners gave the company about two months to propose rates for people who opt out of the smart reader program.
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