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Bill Prohibits Time-of-Use Based Electricity Rates

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Using the air conditioning during the day won't cost more than using it at night if a bill in the Nevada Senate becomes law.

Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy discussed AB173 Wednesday. Democratic Assemblyman James Healey of Las Vegas sponsors the measure.

The bill prohibits big energy companies from imposing or increasing electricity rates based on when the customer uses the energy. The state is also prohibited from approving such rates.

A spokeswoman for NV Energy says the company supports the proposal, which does allow for rates based on when the energy is used if the customer opts into such a program.

Healey says the bill protects Nevada's seniors, who are often confined to their homes.

There was no opposition. The committee took no action.

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