NV Energy pushes ahead with opt-out proposal

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Utilities in Nevada are moving forward with a smart meter opt-out proposal for electric customers.

NV Energy, along with its subsidiaries Sierra Public Power Company and Nevada Power Company last week submitted a 35-page draft order to the Nevada Public Service Commission outlining plans for a smart meter opt-out provision. The utilities have installed approximately 1.3 million smart meters across the state.

Opt-out fees would vary across the state, with customers in Northern Nevada paying a $107.66 one-time installation fee along with a $10 monthly fee. Customers in the more populous Southern portion of the state would pay $98.75 for installation and a recurring maintenance fee of $9.

The commission will review the proposals to determine if the costs and benefits of the program are in line with ratepayer interests. If approved, Nevada will join California, Oregon, Arizona, Maine and Vermont as states offering smart-meter opt-out programs to customers.

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