PUC approves writing rules for smart meter opt-out

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Associated Press

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 15 at 12:34 PM

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The state's Public Utility Commission has decided to develop a set of rules so consumers can opt out of the smart meters installed in millions of Texas homes and businesses.

PUC spokesman Terry Hadley says that an opt-out would leave already installed smart meters in place but disable the devices' radio frequency capabilities.

Some consumers have opposed the new meters, citing possible health hazards and privacy concerns.

Draft rules will be written and submitted for public comment. After that, the PUC will vote again on whether to adopt them. It is possible consumers that opt out will have to pay to have their meters read.

Smart meters allow for remote metering via radio frequency. They provide information on energy consumption at peak times and make it much cheaper to read.

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