U.S. Department of Energy Webinar on Smart Grid Data Privacy: A Voluntary Code of Conduct

smartgrid.govControlTrends Community, here it is. Participation is requested (and important)! DOE information release, November 17, 2014: On Wednesday, December 11, 2014 the Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in coordination with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force will conduct a webinar to conclude the development phase of a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) related to privacy of customer energy usage data for utilities and third parties.

Background: Throughout the U.S., intelligence is being added to the grid through the deployment of advanced technologies and grid modernization efforts. This increased intelligence has led to concerns regarding consumer data access and the privacy of consumer energy consumption data. Historically, utilities have taken very seriously the job of protecting customers’ privacy, and privacy and security protections will remain fundamental objectives. However, with the new technologies being deployed today, these fundamental protections warrant new attention. Consumers must feel secure that their data will be protected and treated responsibly. Therefore, it is important that stakeholders on all sides of the privacy debate work together to address concerns and coordinate activities.

The webinar will summarize changes made to the VCC concepts and principles as a result of comments received through the public comment period. In addition, a proposed implementation plan and adoption process will be presented as well as preliminary results from focus groups conducted to gauge consumer sentiment.

Your participation is important! SmartGrid.gov. Please forward this email to your colleagues that may be interested in this initiative or future notices email alerts from SmartGrid.gov.

Register for the Webinar here.

More information on the Voluntary Code of Conduct can be found on SmartGrid.gov. Please forward this email to your colleagues that may be interested in this initiative or future notices email alerts from SmartGrid.gov.

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