The State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network’s (SEE Action) Customer Information and Behavior Working Group has released “A Regulator’s Privacy Guide to Third-Party Data Access for Energy Efficiency.” Funded by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the guide summarizes the range of approaches taken by states on privacy and security issues related to third-party access to customer data gathered under electric and gas ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs and through mechanisms such as advanced metering infrastructure. The primary audiences for the guide are state regulators, policymakers, utilities and other stakeholders looking for guidance on issues and policy options related to providing access to customer energy use information. Such information can be used to support and enhance the provision of ratepayer-funded energy efficiency services while protecting customer privacy.
SEE Action is a state- and local-led effort facilitated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take energy efficiency to scale and achieve cost-effective energy efficiency by 2020. More information about SEE Action is available on the group’s website.