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DOE Hosts Public Roundtable Discussion of Smart-Grid Data Access and Privacy Issues

June 25, 2010 - 2:57pm

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On June 29, 2010, the Department of Energy will host a public roundtable panel discussion to collect additional information about the data access and privacy implications of smart-grid technologies that can provide consumers with near-real-time, granular data about their energy consumption.

These technologies have enormous potential to increase the efficiency of power consumption, but they raise new questions about access to consumption data generated by a more interactive electrical-transmission grid.  Consequently, this public roundtable is intended to supplement the data collected through public comments submitted in response to the Notice of Inquiry that DOE published in the Federal Register on May 11, 2010.

DOE General Counsel Scott Blake Harris said, “Effective data management and privacy protection will be essential to the widespread adoption of smart-grid technologies that can help improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy.  I am grateful that such a diverse and impressive set of panelists have agreed to assist DOE in understanding the long-term implications of these critical issues.”

Featured panelists will include Robert C. Rowe, the President and CEO of NorthWestern Energy; Arlen Orchard, General Counsel of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Michael A Goodroe, President and CEO of Sawnee EMC; Adrian Tuck, CEO of the energy-management company Tendril, Inc.; Bill Levis, Consumer Counsel of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies; Rey Ramsey, CEO of TechNet, Inc.; David Szczupak, Executive Vice President of Global Product Organization at Whirlpool Corp.; and Jeffery A. Campbell, Director of Technology and Communications Policy for Cisco Systems, Inc.  Mr. Phil Weiser, Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation to the Director of the National Economic Council will also participate.

This public roundtable discussion will be held from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Department of Energy’s Forrestal Building, Room 8E069, Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20585-0121.  Persons planning to attend should contact Kathy Dickerson by email at Katharine.Dickerson@hq.doe.gov or by phone at 202-586-5281 in order to expedite their entry into the Forrestal Building.

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