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October 6, 2015

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Public Utilities Commission close to decision on smart meters

CARSON CITY — The state Public Utilities Commission has set Feb. 29 for a special meeting to possibly make a decision on the controversial issue of smart meters.

Two workshops were held to gather evidence and to hear complaints from some ratepayers who claim the meters are not safe, that personal information will be released and the units are not accurate.

Some NV Energy and Sierra Pacific Power Co. of Reno customers want the right to reject the meters or to have one removed once installed at no cost.

The utilities earlier estimated it would cost $110 for an employee to visit a home initially and then $14 a month for a meter reader to continue to monitor the existing units.

Nevada Power has already installed more than 700,000 smart meters in Clark County, and Sierra Pacific Power started its work in December.

An investigative report by the PUC staff will be posted on the commission’s website Thursday.

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