I-Team: PUC Sets Smart Meter Opt-Out Rate

LAS VEGAS -- The Public Utilities Commission decided Tuesday on a trial program that sets how much to charge NV Energy customers wanting to opt-out of the utility's valley-wide installation of smart meters.

According to the commission, smart meters operate by transmitting data wirelessly in intervals throughout the day.

The commission decided it will cost $98.75 to opt-out, plus $8.14 a month to install a non-transmitting digital meter on a southern Nevadan home.

The AARP said they are pleased that NV Energy is allowing customers to opt-out, but are concerned about how customers will be told about their options.

Customers have told the Public Utilities Commission they have concerns about the accuracy of smart meters and claim the meters have affected their health.


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