The Public Utilities Commission has decided to develop a set of rules so consumers can opt out of the smart meters installed in millions of Texas homes and businesses.
PUC spokesman Terry Hadley says that an opt-out would leave already installed smart meters in place but disable the devices' radio frequency capabilities.
Draft rules will be written and submitted for public comment. After that, the PUC will vote again on whether to adopt them.
Smart meters allow for remote metering via radio frequency. They provide information on energy consumption at peak times and make it much cheaper to read.
Some consumers have opposed the new meters, citing possible health hazards and privacy concerns. It is likely consumers that opt out will have to pay to have their meters read.