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By David Gest

"On Dec. 28, the [state Public Utilities Commission] presented a new regulation that would change the temperature limits at which utilities can cut off service. Currently, utilities cannot be cut off if the forecasted temperature is lower than 15 degrees or higher than 105. The proposed regulation would change the limits to 25 degrees and 110 in Southern Nevada, possibly exposing more people to extreme heat during the summer."

A Nevada Power spokeswoman "admitted profits are part of the reason why Nevada Power wants to change the regulation. But, she insisted, the company is also looking out for customers who pay their bills on time and end up supporting delinquent customers."

Thursday, January 12, 2006 in Las Vegas City Life


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