DOE Addresses Privacy for Data Enabled by Smart Grid Technologies: Convenes Multistakeholder Process to develop Voluntary Code of Conduct
Meeting Documents & Draft Principles
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.
On January 31, 2012, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (DOE OE) hosted the Smart Grid Privacy Workshop to facilitate a dialog among key industry stakeholders. In addition, on February 23, 2012, the White House released the report, Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World: A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Digital Economy (Privacy Blueprint). The Privacy Blueprint outlines a multistakeholer process for developing legally enforceable voluntary codes of conduct (VCC) to help instill consumer confidence.
In response to workshop findings and in support of the Privacy Blueprint, DOE OE and the Federal Smart Grid Task Force are facilitating a multistakeholder process to develop a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) for utilities and third parties providing consumer energy use services that will addresses privacy related to data enabled by smart grid technologies.
Work Groups have been established to focus on the development of the mission statement and the evaluation of different aspects of the proposed VCC elements. If you are interested in participating in a Work Group or have questions regarding their activities, please contact the appropriate lead directly.
Work Group Leads
- Mission Statement Work Group – Lead: Dan Francis, AEP, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Notice/Awareness Work Group - Lead: Amanda Stallings, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Amanda.Stallings@puc.state.oh.us.
- Choice/Consent Work Group – Lead: Eric Ackerman, EEI, email@example.com
- Access/Participation Work Group – Lead: Megan Hertzler, Xcel Energy, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Integrity/Security Work Group – Lead: Ward Pyles, Southern Company, email@example.com
- Management/Redress Work Group - Lead: Chuck Piotrowski, Green Mountain Power, firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal Smart Grid Task Force convened the first meeting in the multistakeholder process on February 26, 2013 from 9:30am to 4:30 pm in Washington, DC. Stakeholders engaged in an open, transparent, consensus-driven process to develop the VCC. The objectives of the meeting were to 1) promote discussion among stakeholders regarding a proposed VCC outline, including the types of data to be covered and 2) establish procedural rules for developing the VCC.
Access the meeting February 26, 2013 webcast archive via the following link: http://capitolconnection.net/capcon/DOE/vcc022613.htm
February 26, 2013 Meeting Documents:
- Meeting Minutes-February 26, 2013
- Context Setting Framework
- Proposed Procedural Principles
- Proposed VCC Elements
- Process Proposal Presentation
The second meeting took place on June 4, 2013 2013 from 9:30am to 5:00pm in Washington, D.C..
Download the June 4 meeting webcast archive in Flash Video format:http://capitolconnection.net/capcon/DOE/vcc060413.htm
June 4 Meeting Documents:
- VCC Meeting Minutes June 4 2013
- Agenda for June 4 Meeting
- Work Group Structure
- VCC Mission Statement Draft
- VCC Notice and Awareness Group Summary
- Choice and Consent June 4 Meeting Doc
- Access and Participation Members
- Access and Participation Issues Table
- Integrity Security Review
- Self enforcement and redress
June 4 Meeting Presentations:
- Choice and consent #3 report june 4
- DOE VCC Workgroup #4 Access
- DOE VCC Workgroup #5 Integrity Security summary
- DOE VCC Workgroup #6 Management Redress
- Mission Statement Subgroup Slides final
- VCC Notice Group Presentation June 3 2013