Media: MN regulators consider who should have access to smart meter data (ENN)

Aug 3, 2020

From Energy News Network:

As utilities begin to collect more data from smart meters, regulators are facing questions about who should have access to the potential treasure trove. Minnesota regulators took a first step last month toward finding answers by voting to further study how utilities might share more granular data about electricity use without exposing customer privacy or trade secrets....

The commission approved by a 3-2 vote allowing utilities to capture and share “aggregated” individual building data with two restrictions. The data shared must be related to energy benchmarking programs and it only applies to buildings that have four or more tenants, with no one tenant consuming no more than 50% of its power. It has been called the “4 by 50” standard and many utilities already use it when sharing energy information....

Audrey Partridge, regulatory policy manager for the Center for Energy and Environment, called the commission’s decision an “important but measured step forward” and suggested it could help more communities create building benchmarking policies and programs. A uniform aggregation standard should reduce confusion for building owners and give greater certainty to cities with benchmarking programs, Partridge said....

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