Texas Utilities Quiet Smart-Meter Foes With New Opt-Out

By Jess Davis
Law360, Dallas (August 07, 2013, 8:06 PM ET) —
The Public Utility Commission of Texas is expected to pass a new rule Friday that will allow consumers to opt out of advanced electric meters, a move utilities hope will ease the pressure they’ve faced from a vocal minority who claim smart meters cause them health problems.

Staff have recommended the commission approve the opt-out rule, which would give consumers the right to choose from one of three alternative meters instead, as long as they pay the extra costs utilities say are associated with using the…

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