The State of Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has started an investigation into the safety of smart meters. The PUC received calls from local fire chiefs that smart meters could not be ruled out as a cause of nine fires.
NV Energy will need to answer 20 detailed questions regarding meter failures, number of fires associated with meters, any lawsuits regarding smart meters, and internal investigation of meter fires. The company has installed over 1 million Sensus smart meter modules in residential and commercial locations. The requested information will be used by the PUC to determine whether smart meters fires occur more often than fires associated with traditional analog meters. The company has 60 days to submit the requested information to the PUC.