Canada Dashboard Digest

Smart Grid Carries Risks

PERSONAL PRIVACY

April 1, 2011

The smart grid aims to provide the ability to monitor and control power usage remotely as well as to allow customers to feed their own wind, solar and biomass power back into the system, CBC reports, but privacy concerns persist. Governments hope the exchange of information about hourly power usage between the consumer and the utility will help to reduce energy consumption. However, the impending grid solution brings with it privacy risks. The grid is able to reveal to utilities more detailed information about consumers' personal habits than ever before based on energy usage data, which Ontario's privacy commissioner has expressed concerns about. Cyber attacks are also a danger.
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