Posts filed under ‘states’

Minnesota, California regulators watching out for consumer smart meter privacy

Protecting customer privacy is a top concern of policymakers as utilities roll out and utilize smart meters. This month Minnesota requested public input on smart meter privacy — joining a growing list of states and nations considering this matter.

 Full post: Smart meter privacy: Minnesota, California regulators watching out for consumers

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January 17, 2013 at 11:41 pm

NSW, Australia: Smart meters, time-of-use prices could aid demand response

In the southern hemisphere, summertime is approaching — so temperatures and peak energy demand soon will be soaring in Sydney and other parts of the Australian state of New South Wales. A new report from the NSW government’s Productivity Commission recommends several reforms that could help Australian utilities manage peak demand while rewarding consumers for aiding this effort…

Full post: Hot Australian summers? Government commission recommends smart meters, time-of-use prices

October 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Why few U.S. consumers use time-of-use energy prices

Time-of-use (TOU) prices have been around for decades, but so far U.S. customer adoption has been slow. However, U.S. policymakers are now eager to promote TOU pricing for electricity since this strategy has been proven to promote energy efficiency. Also, customers like TOU prices — when they are voluntary.

What’s a regulator to do?

Having worked on this issue for 30 years, I see four main barriers to implementing TOU prices that customers like.

Full post: Why few U.S. consumers use time-of-use energy prices, and how utilities can correct that

September 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm

No smart meter opt-outs for Wisconsin, PSC says

Last week the Wisconsin Public Service Commission decided not to allow customers to opt out of smart meter installations. In this case, the subject was smart meters for water utilities; elsewhere around the U.S., most similar cases have concerned electric meters.

The Wisconsin decision mirrors that of some other jurisdictions…

Full post on Siemens Smart Grid Watch blog: Wisconsin Public Service Commission rejects smart meter opt-outs

September 6, 2012 at 12:35 am

Smart meter opt out bill: Pennsylvania legislature skeptical

In Pennsylvania this week a legislative committee heard testimony on whether utility customers should be allowed to opt out of getting smart meters installed on their homes and businesses.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, both Democrats and Republicans on the Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee expressed skepticism about the proposal to modify a 2008 state law which gave utilities 15 years to deploy smart meters…

Full post: Smart meter opt out bill hits headwinds in Pennsylvania legislature

May 9, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Smart meters are safe, says Vermont health commissioner

SmartGridWatch has followed with interest the concerns of customers regarding radio frequency emissions from smart meters. Last week, another public health official, the health commissioner for the state of Vermont, voiced his expert opinion that such emissions are not harmful…

Full post: Vermont health commissioner says smart meters are safe

February 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Privacy and the smart grid: State attorneys general call for transparency, consumer education

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of taking breakfast with four state attorneys general: Beau Biden (DE), Steve Bullock (MT), Roy Cooper (NC), and Kamala Harris (CA). I asked them about data privacy in the context of smart meters and smart grids.

General Biden (yes, this is how they are formally addressed) focused on transparency. “The key issue is whose hands does the data get into? Transparency is critical. Consumers want to know what is being done with their data…”

Full post: Smart grid data privacy: State attorneys general call for transparency, consumer education

July 28, 2011 at 8:05 am

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