California Sets Rules on Consumer Privacy

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has published its long anticipated proposed ruling over consumer privacy related to home devices that use smart meter data and are locked into one company’s platform or technology but leave customer-owned data sources outside of its authority.

California Energy Commission Funds Six New Projects

The California Energy Commission has awarded more than $4.6 million for six research projects designed to expand the state’s smart grid, improve power plant pollution measurements, and conserve energy and water. Funds for the projects come from the Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, which supports public interest research and development.

CPUC President Bullish on Smart Meters

Michael Peevey, the current president of the California Public Utilities Commission, is a former utility industry executive whose experience includes three years CEO of Edison International and Southern California Edison. During a recent keynote at the PACE Solutions conference in Palm Desert, California, Peevey criticized the Federal Housing Finance Agency for its opposition to clean energy-financing programs.

California Commissioner Calls for Opt Out Meter Plan

The California Public Utilities Commission has instructed Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to present a way for customers to opt out of receiving wireless SmartMeters. The CPUC’s order follows consumer concerns over the alleged health risks posed by devices. Opponents have tried to block SmartMeter installation trucks, while 30 local governments throughout Northern and Central California have called for a moratorium on PG&E’s $2.2 billion meter program.

Pacific Gas and Electric proposal is rejected

Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) recent proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding additional costs related to its smart meter installation program has met opposition from the San Francisco Department of the Environment (SFDE).   The San Francisco group in July was charged by the city Board of Supervisors to review PG&E’s proposal…