Urgent action is needed to address utilities communications needs. Utilities and other CII are deploying smart grid and making investments in communications upgrades now. Promoting access to spectrum will accelerate the deployment of smart grid and other CII communications, which will in turn promote larger public policy goals for energy independence, infrastructure security, environmental quality and public safety. Therefore, UTC looks forward to working with the DOE, as well as the FCC and NTIA to support the communications needs of utilities and other CII.
The development and deployment of smart grid technology hold tremendous promise towards improving the efficiency and reliability of our nation’s energy systems and empowering consumers to make better decisions about the use of electricity. Because effective communications networks will be central to the success of smart grid technology, Verizon is working closely with utilities, the developers of energy management systems, and others to use its extensive wireline and wireless broadband networks and related expertise to quickly and efficiently realize the promise of smart grid technology.
Tropos Networks is pleased to submit the following commentary and information to the DOE regarding the communication requirements of utilities for Smart Grid applications based on its experience with utility customers.
Idaho Power Company (“Idaho Power”) hereby submits the following comments in response to the Department of Energy’s (“DOE” or “Department”) request for information from interested parties on state efforts to enact Smart Grid privacy and data collection policies; individual utility practices regarding data access and collection; third party access to detailed information; the role of the consumer in balancing the benefits of access and privacy; and what policies and practices should guide policymakers in determining access to consumers’ energy information and under what conditions.
San Diego Gas & Electric Company (“SDG&E”) files these comments in response to the above-enumerated Request for Information noticed by the Department on May 11, 2010. SDG&E is a regulated public electric and gas utility operating pursuant to authorities granted to it by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the State of California. SDG&E serves 3.4 million consumers in the San Diego and southern Orange County areas of California via 1.4 million electric meters and 830,000 gas meters.
The Real Estate Roundtable is pleased to provide these comments in response to the Request for Information issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”), published at 75 Fed. Reg. 26,203 (May 11, 2010) entitled, “Implementing the National Broadband Plan by Empowering Consumers and the Smart Grid: Data Access, Third Party Use, and Privacy.”