Posted by Carole Fineberg
We have entered a new phase of the battle. Nevada Energy (NVE) has come back with a proposed “tariff” (fee) to opt out of the Smart Meter program for Northern Nevada of $107.66 up front and $11.01 per month. The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) has up to 5 more months to respond. The real burr in the saddle is that this may not be a permanent situation. NVE could come back in a year or two and say there simply are not enough folks opting out and the Smart Meter will become mandatory and your up front and monthly costs are lost completely.
Please try to sign up for the Service List for Docket #12-05003 to be informed of pre-hearings, hearings and decisions. Currently, there only about 13 folks who have signed up and we want to see those numbers grow. You can accomplish this by doing one of the following three items:
- Print out and complete the Service List for this Docket Number #12-05003. This will automatically notify you when there is going to be a pre-hearing, a hearing or a decision. You can fax it back to the PUCN at 775-684-6110. This is not committing you to speak at a hearing (that’s another sign-up process), but it shows interest in the process, which PUCN needs to see, or they’ll think we don’t care and decide at will what works best for NVE and PU
- Go to the PUCN Office in person at 1150 E. William St. in Carson City and ask one of the front counter persons to be put on the Service List for Docket #12-05003. The receptionists are very helpful and trust me; they want us to participate in this process, so please sign up as soon as possible.
- Or you can call the PUCN front desk at 775-684-6101 and ask to be put on the Service List on Docket #12-05003.
For additional information on the Smart Meter controversy and what other communities are doing to opt out of their implementation, please visit the following websites: