OE provides information on an ongoing basis about meetings and events of interest to people involved in issues related to grid modernization, energy assurance, and electricity policy. Listed below are upcoming events and meetings in chronological order. Information is also available about past events and conferences.
- DOE webinar: Smart Grid Data Privacy: A Voluntary Code of Conduct - Dec. 11, 1-4 p.m. ET - OE, in coordination with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force, will conduct a webinar to conclude the development phase of a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) related to privacy of customer energy usage data for utilities and third parties. The webinar will summarize changes made to the VCC concepts and principles as a result of comments received through the public comment period. In addition, a proposed implementation plan and adoption process will be presented as well as preliminary results from focus groups conducted to gauge consumer sentiment.
In January 2012, DOE OE hosted the Smart Grid Privacy Workshop to facilitate a dialogue among key industry stakeholders. In addition, in February 2012, the White House released the report, Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World: A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Digital Economy. The Privacy Blueprint outlines a multi-stakeholder process for developing legally enforceable voluntary codes of conduct to help instill consumer confidence.
In response to workshop findings and in support of the Privacy Blueprint, OE and the Federal Smart Grid Task Force facilitated a multi-stakeholder process to develop a VCC for utilities and third parties providing consumer energy use services that will addresses privacy related to data enabled by smart grid technologies. Industry stakeholders attended open meetings and participated in work group activities to draft the VCC principles.
On September 12, 2014, the Department issued a Federal Register Notice announcing the availability of a draft Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC), which addresses data privacy surrounding smart grid technologies, for public comment. The primary goal of the VCC document is to provide principles of conduct for voluntary adoption by utilities and third parties.