Due to an unexpectedly large public response, the Department of Energy will extend by two weeks the deadline for submission of reply comments in response to its two Smart Grid RFIs. Originally set at July 26, the new deadline will be August 9, 2010.
The Department’s Smart Grid RFIs (both released in May 2010) were intended to inform the Department as it develops policies regarding the integration of broadband technologies with the Smart Grid. The first RFI solicited comments from electric utilities, consumer groups, and other stakeholders on ongoing federal, state, and private efforts to use or allow the use of consumer energy usage data while protecting consumer privacy. The second RFI solicited comments on the communications needs of electric utilities as Smart Grid technologies are deployed more broadly across the country.
Both RFIs have generated a significant response from electric utilities, private corporations, and consumer groups. The Department’s Office of General Counsel has received more than 80 comments so far, with new submissions arriving daily. These comments are being posted on the Office’s Smart Grid RFI Public Comments and Replies web page.
Given the number of comments received so far, the Department recognizes that those wishing to submit comments may need additional time to compose their responses. Accordingly, those planning to respond should note that reply comments must be postmarked by no later than August 9, 2010. Those wishing to submit responses electronically can e-mail their replies to firstname.lastname@example.org.