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Vermont Law School proposes new policy on smart grid privacy

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Friday, December 14, 2012

When utilities implement smart grid technologies into their network, and install a huge number of intelligent electronic devices, they can begin to collect ample data on grid functions.

However, while this will help drive reliability, efficiency and lower costs, it has also led to privacy concerns among utilities and customers, Smart Grid News reports.

To assuage these fears, Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment recently released a new version of its smart grid data privacy model, which will be adopted by power companies. VLS' Smart Grid Research Project assesses the new legal, regulatory and policy issues that have come about during smart grid installations.

"This policy can be used in existing form or can be altered to fit each utility's needs and local, state and federal laws. Our goal is to help develop a national model for consumer protection, while enabling broad adoption of smart grid technology," said Kevin Jones, VLS smart grid project leader.

Utilities are finding one of the best ways to promote privacy is to build security into their systems from the start. SUBNET's solutions help utilities install hardware and software that complies with strict NERC CIP regulations, which were designed to keep the grid protected. 

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