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Energy Data Privacy Risks: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

January 27, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

Wednesday is Data Privacy Day in the USA, and it should receive heightened awareness after the recent Sony Pictures cyberattack. While media attention focused on cybersecurity weaknesses, privacy is the natural consequence of good cybersecurity. Security is a strategy that ensures a privacy outcome.[read more]

Will Google Play By Utility Privacy Rules?

February 4, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

January 28, 2014 was Data Privacy Day. Two recent news stories – the thefts of sensitive consumer data from national retailers including Target and Google’s $3.2B acquisition of smart thermostat maker Nest are stimulating much-needed discussion about the security and privacy of personal data.[read more]

New Privacy Guidelines for Electricity Data Will Help Protect Consumers

January 10, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

It’s difficult to imagine life without electricity.  Our lives and lifestyles are so thoroughly intertwined with electricity that any disruptions in power can rapidly transform from minor inconveniences into life-threatening situations.  Thus the need for grid modernization – the Smart Grid – is vital to ensure that we continue...[read more]

Data Analytics Key To Smart Grid

October 25, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

In the movie “The Graduate”, Dustin Hoffman’s character was told that the future was in plastics. Today, he’d be told that the future is in data analytics. Just like many other business sectors are discovering, analytics will play an increasingly significant role in the management of Smart Grid networks.[read more]

Who is Responsible for Educating Consumers About Energy Data Privacy?

October 10, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

The Smart Grid presents a number of challenges to policy-makers and utilities, but perhaps none is more vexing than the question of who will educate consumers about the rewards and risks of energy consumption data that can be derived from smart meters and increasingly from products that can disaggregate electricity “signatures” to determine usage of specific devices behind a meter.[read more]

The Real Concern about Smart Meters

August 18, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

Smart meters can be positively transformative for consumers to control their use of electricity.  But there are concerns about them that are threatening to slow down deployments in some areas. That has ramifications to Smart Grid plans everywhere. The three categories of concerns about smart meters are:    meter...[read more]

California PUC Proposes Energy Data Privacy Rules

May 10, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a proposed decision regarding the privacy and security of electricity usage data on May 6.  This proposal sets the stage for how consumer consumption data is managed by the three investor-owned utilities (IOUs) in California – Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California...[read more]

Building Policies and Guidelines for Energy Use Data Is Critical to Smart Grid Success

February 7, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

Distributech 2011 showed that the Smart Grid is big, and getting bigger.  With over 8000 attendees and 400 exhibitors, there was plenty of buzz about distribution automation, partnerships, and the last link in the value chain – the consumer.  Many exhibitors featured their own or partnered Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS)...[read more]

Consumer Privacy, Energy Use Data, and Trust

January 31, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

Consumer privacy concerns are an important focus of many Smart Grid conversations.  Everyone agrees that consumers need to be educated about the entirely new types of energy use data that can be created with Smart Grid technologies.  While we must ensure that consumers are aware of their rights and responsibilities...[read more]

Can the software industry close the CSR ratings gap?

September 16, 2007 by James Farrar

Last week the socially responsible investment community equivalent of the Oscars – the annual review of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) was unveiled and for the first time SAP has taken the lead in CSR performance for the software sector. It’s certainly a cause for celebration but maybe it’s more an occasion for Sekt...[read more]