Energy usage data collected by smart meters has increased granularity that carries inherent privacy concerns. As part of the CPUC's implementation of Smart Grid, it held policy workshops in March and October of 2010. DRA represented ratepayers on issues of deployment plans and privacy, advocating for strong privacy protections surrounding customer energy usage data.
Smart Grid data may disclose intimate personal details about a customer's presence or absence from the home, health, purchasing preferences, and co-habitation arrangements.
DRA believes privacy rules should be applicable to all parties regulated by the CPUC (electricity service providers, community choice aggregators, and gas). Cyber-security should be lightly regulated by the CPUC.
A Proposed Decision is expected in July 2012.