In January 2012, OE hosted a 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  Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) for utilities and third parties providing consumer energy use services that will address 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 VCC for public comment. The draft VCC is available below. The public comment period closed on October 14, 2014.