CPUC Moves To Protect Consumer Electricity Data

Law360, New York (July 29, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT) -- The California Public Utilities Commission gave the green light Thursday to measures that seek to protect the privacy and security of consumer electricity usage data flowing from smart meters to utilities.

Smart meters, which provide utilities access to real-time electrical and gas consumption data that helps them detect and respond to outages, are integral to California's efforts to build a smart grid. While information collected by smart meters could help save money and power across the grid, lawmakers and other privacy advocates are concerned that inadequate...
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