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RE: NBP RFI: Data Access In the Matter of Implementing the National Broadband Plan by Empowering Consumers and the Smart Grid; Data Access, Third Party Use, and Privacy, 75 Federal Register 33611 (June 14, 2010).

On May 11, 2010, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a Request for Information seeking comments from interested parties to assist DOE in understanding current and potential practices and policies for States and other entities to empower consumers (and perhaps others) through access to detailed energy information in electronic form--including real-time information from smart meters, historical consumption data, and pricing and billing information. DOE held a public meeting as part of this request for information on June 29, 2010.

Partially, in response to that Notice, the National Association of Regulatory Utility
Commissioners (NARUC) passed the attached resolution last week at its Summer Meetings in
Sacramento, California. The resolution, among other things, encourages completion of a study on information handling practices and specifies, because of the State’s expertise and proximity to retail electric customers, that any federal “ . . . action should respect and incorporate State rules and ongoing State authority to protect ratepayers’ privacy and ability to control access to their energy usage information.”