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Elster July 12, 2010 Reply to DOE Request for Information of May 11, 2010 regarding Data Privacy

The DOE questions are restated followed by an answer. Please note that this matter is also related to the May 11, 2010 RFI on needs for utility communications. If data is provided to third parties there is a data processing and communications cost that depends on how many parties data is provided to and by how often data is communicated. These costs are minimized if an in-home display and/or smart thermostat are provided data directly from a smart meter.