Background on Smart Grid Privacy

Energy usage data collected by smart meters has increased granularity that carries inherent privacy concerns. As part of the CPUC's implementation of Smart Grid, it held policy workshops in March and October of 2010. DRA represented ratepayers on issues of deployment plans and privacy, advocating for strong privacy protections surrounding customer energy usage data.

A Smart Grid, according to the Federal Smart Grid Task force, is an "automated, widely distributed energy delivery network that is characterized by a two-way flow of electricity and information, and enhanced monitoring."

Smart Grid data may disclose intimate personal details about a customer's presence or absence from the home, health, purchasing preferences, and co-habitation arrangements.