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States Look at Privacy and Smart Grid

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

August 3, 2011

States continue to prepare for and implement smart grid technologies. Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted data protection rules for smart grid providers and suppliers. The rules "establish a solid framework for creating balance between protecting consumer privacy and fostering a new market for third-party participants," said CPUC Commissioner Mark Ferron. Meanwhile, as the state of Vermont prepares to spend its $70 million in federal monies to implement the smart grid, its Public Service Board is looking into the privacy considerations. "As there's more data...there are concerns..." said a Public Service Department official. Ohio officials are also looking into smart grid privacy considerations.   
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