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July 29, 2014

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NV Energy seeks OK for extra fees on analog meters

CARSON CITY — NV Energy has filed with state regulators its proposed added rates for thousands of customers who want to retain their analog meters instead of switching to so-called smart meters.

The company is asking the state Public Utility Commission for permission to charge an initial one-time fee of $52.86 for an analog meter and a monthly fee to cover the cost of employees to read the meters.

The monthly fee would be $8.82 in Southern Nevada and $8.72 in Northern Nevada. The number of analog meters would be restricted to 12,000 in Southern Nevada and 4,500 in Northern Nevada.

NV Energy has installed smart meters statewide. The meters can be read remotely from a central location.

But some customers have complained that they do not want the new meters, citing, among other things, health concerns.

The rates must be approved by the PUC.

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  1. It is time to start moving toward a municipal cooperative power company that focuses on renewable energy. Ratepayers need and alternative to the NV Energy monopoly.

    NV power doesn't have our interests in mind, only gouging for profits.

    We pay for everything the companies does and owns, yet we have no say in it's decisions. They do as they please and we keep paying more and more for an essential need, including paying for any reduced profits due to conservation by ratepayers. That makes ratepayers victims of NV Energy and it's stakeholders.

    We need leaders who will start thinking smart and in the interests of ratepayers and do something for the good of the constituents to get us out from under NV Energy.

    Blaming AARP is a great big laugh! How brainless to think that all people against what NV Energy is doing is the fault of AARP. I am not a member, nor do I read anything from AARP, so that let's me out, and I suspect a good number of other residents who are sick of NV Energy's gouging and writing the laws for the state legislature to rubber stamp, which give them the store.

  2. I had a smart meter for about 9 months before I switched to Time-of-Use and they took it away (they replaced it with a digital, non-smart meter). It was nice while I had it, I didn't notice and problems with accuracy. Hopefully NV Energy updates its back-end systems so TOU users can use smart meters (if anything, we need it the most so we can see what time of day we're using electricity).