Data Privacy and the Smart Grid: A Voluntary Code of Conduct

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The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and the Federal Smart Grid Task Force have facilitated a multi-stakeholder process to develop a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) for utilities and third parties providing consumer energy use services that 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 the draft Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) for public comment. The public comment period closed on October 14, 2014. On December 11, 2014, OE in coordination with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force conducted a webinar to conclude the development phase of the Voluntary Code of Conduct. The final Voluntary Code of Conduct, which was released on January 12, 2015, is available below for downloading.