Friday, December 26, 2014
Letter: NV Energy statements show arrogance
I was interested in NV Energy's release of information of the smart meters they use and the fires related to them. I worked with a company years ago that developed a line of smart meters.
After reading the article in (the Dec. 19) RGJ, I was disappointed. It demonstrated the arrogance of most regulated utilities.
The article began with the NV Energy standard apple pie and motherhood statement about their concern for customers and employee safety and that they have begun safety upgrades. They said the meters were not the problem and did not cause flame outs. Their first improvement will be installing a firmware update that will allow the meter to send a signal to shut down when it overheats — not if it should overheat. Then Rob Stillwell began referring to the fires as "flame outs," never using the word "fire." He fails to mention the fire that killed a person, only addressing those that caused minor damage.
Further, NV Energy's investigator states the meter was working because arcing was found throughout the house. The electrical meter was likely working but I will bet you a dinner that the electronic circuit board that made it a smart meter was burned out. Finally, Stillwell stated NV Energy is changing smart meter companies. The statements from NV Energy do nothing but raise my stink meter very high about what NV Energy is covering up on their taxpayer-funded smart meters.