Government Releases Smart Meter Rules
PERSONAL PRIVACY—UKDecember 17, 2012
The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has released smart meter privacy rules, reports Smartmeters.com. Energy and Climate Change Minister Baroness Verma said the smart meter system brings “huge potential benefits for millions of homes and businesses and for Great Britain as a whole.” She added, “Let me be clear: the consumer comes first.” The rules give consumers a choice on how often energy suppliers can access their energy consumption data and prohibit suppliers from using such data for marketing purposes unless they have explicit consent. The rules also establish a “Central Delivery Body” to help consumers use smart meters to better manage their energy use.