APS customers who refuse to use 'smart meters' now will be charged $5 a month
After years of debate, Arizona Public Service Co. won approval Tuesday to charge customers $5 a month if they refuse a "smart meter" to track electricity use.
Smart meters, used by nearly all 1.1 million APS customers, use wireless signals to transmit customers' energy use to the utility.
The company long ago proposed fees for customers who refuse the meters, similar to utilities in other states and its Arizona counterpart, Salt River Project.
SRP charges a $20 monthly fee for customers who don't want a smart meter, even though the company manually reads meters every other month,... read more
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