Data Access Policies (for non-retail energy providers)
Our STATE-LEVEL Activities:
Arizona, with some smart meters installed, is examining its rules for utilities governing customer information in light of privacy and confidentiality concerns related to smart meters.
California, an early adopter of smart meters, has addressed both the Home Area Network (HAN) and Green Button Connect.
Protest to Advice Letters on Customer Data Access (April 7th, 2014), aka Green Button Connect - in response to program details filed by PG&E, SCE and SDG&E.
Distribution Resource Plans (Public Utilities Code Section 769):
Demand Response Click-through Working Group
Colorado has revisited its basic rules governing "basic utility service." Electronic access to customers and their designees are required.
Following our informal comments on 7/11/2014 regarding consent forms (e.g., we supported an electronic option and elimination of an archaic requirement for a Colorado address for process serving), Mission:data supported third party access and streamlined consent (Sept 15th, 2014)
Smart metering application. Xcel filed application 16A-0588E for $562 million of smart meters, voltage optimization and other grid modernization components.
Settlement agreement with Xcel, in which Xcel states it will offer Green Button Connect in 2020, as 1.5 million smart meters are to be deployed (May 8, 2017)
Illinois, with seven million smart meters currently being deployed, was petitioned by the Citizens' Utility Board (CUB) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to open on a docket on a so-called Open Data Access Framework.
Customer Authorization Process (ICC Docket No. 15-0073):
Maryland began Public Conference 44 on "transforming Maryland's electric distribution systems to ensure that electric service is customer-centered, affordable, reliable and environmentally sustainable in Maryland."
Massachusetts's Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is proposing to require utilities to develop grid modernization plans that "achieve advanced metering functionality" within 3 years. The DPU proposes to address in a separate proceeding, timing TBD, "privacy and access to meter data" (p.4).
Michigan has pursued AMI. Mission:data filed comments on DTE Electric Company's report on education, marketing and outreach regarding time-of-use rates (Dec 18th, 2015)
Minnesota has a grid modernization proceeding (E999/CI-15-556):
New York's historic "Reforming the Energy Vision" (REV) proceeding is wide-ranging. In seeking to promote distributed energy resources, REV presents an opportunity for highlighting the role of data access in streamlining transactions and supporting low-cost efficiency.
Mission:data comments to the Commission regarding Track 1 issues (July 18th, 2014)
NY PSC issues its REV Track 2 Order that prohibits the utilities from charging fees to access meter data (May 19th, 2016)
Joint Principles on Residential Fixed Charges in New York (Sept 27, 2017), endorsed by Mission:data
North Carolina's utilities - Duke Progress, Duke Carolinas and Dominion North Carolina Power filed smart grid deployment plans on October 1st, 2014 in docket E-100, sub 141 per Commission Rule R8-60.1, "Smart Grid Technology Plan."
Pennsylvania has about 7 million smart meters. Like Illinois, retail electric generation suppliers (EGSs) need access to their customers' meter information. Act 129, passed by the state legislature in 2008, states that smart meter information must be available not only to EGSs but also to third parties authorized by the customer.
Mission:data's comments in Docket No. M-2009-2092655 regarding "Submission of the Electronic Data Exchange Working Group's Web Portal Working Group's Solution Framework for Historical Interval Usage and Biling Quality Interval Use" (May 26, 2015).
Texas's Smart Meter Texas website allows (in theory) any user with a smart meter (virtually all residential, and the majority of commercial customers) to view their 24-hour lagged meter data. Third party access has been challenging due to poor technical support of SMT. The Commission investigated these issues (but did not make any ruling) in Project #42786. Subsequently, two dockets were created that will result in rulings: Project #46206, "Rulemaking regarding governance, performance and funding of Smart Meter Texas" and Project #46204, "Rulemaking regarding third party authorization to access Smart Meter Texas data."
Staff requested price quotes on five different scenarios for SMT operations. ERCOT and the Joint Development Operating Agreement (JDOA) utilities responded. Mission:data replied with comments that, regardless of governance, SMT's technical shortfalls must be remedied (April 1st, 2016).
Project #46206, Mission:data comments on staff straw proposal (Nov 4th, 2016)
Also, Entergy Texas, Inc. (ETI) applied for cost recovery of 477,000 advanced meters in its non-ERCOT territory in #47416.
Washington, D.C., with 100% penetration of advanced meters, has a grid modernization proceeding (Formal Case No. 1130). Mission:data filed comments on data-driven energy efficiency and how companies can make the electric grid more "interactive." (Aug 31st, 2015)