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PUC Investigates Smart Meter Fires

State regulators have told NV Energy to turn over data on smart meter failures as they launch a preliminary investigation into whether the 1.1 million meters they've installed on homes across Nevada pose any fire danger. 

Fire investigators have documented nine fires in Reno and Sparks since 2012 they say originated at the meters.  Most of the incidents caused only minor damage but the most recent blaze killed a Reno woman.  NV Energy says it has investigated and doesn't believe the meters caused the fires.  But Reno and Sparks fire chiefs asked the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to investigate, and PUC lawyer Tammy Cordova wrote an order Monday compelling the utility to turn over documents given the "lingering safety questions."
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Jay Bartos joined Nevada Public Radio in 1993 to develop and manage the state’s first radio reading service for people unable to use standard printed material due to blindness or another disability. After the reading service was discontinued in 2011, he became the afternoon host on KNPR for ten years. Jay can now be heard on air on News 88.9 KNPR and Classical 89.7 KCNV throughout the week.