Grants Database

Grantee:
Utility Reform Network
Amount Awarded:
$40,000
Project Title:
Smart Grid Privacy Project
Fund:
Consumer Privacy Rights Fund, 2018
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Smart Grid Data Privacy will reach 16 million electricity residential customers who are served by PG&E, Edison, and SDG&E.

PG&E’s service territory covers all of Northern California and Central California to Bakersfield, with the exception of several municipal agencies, including those that provide electricity to Sacramento, Alameda, Santa Clara, and Palo Alto.

Edison’s service territory covers most of Southern California, with the significant exception of several municipal agencies, including those that provide electricity to the cities of Los Angeles, Burbank, Pasadena, and Glendale.

SDG&E’s service territory covers most of San Diego and Orange Counties, with the notable exception of the Imperial Irrigation District.

Project Description:

Smart Grid Data Privacy is a policy advocacy campaign to mobilize grassroots communities, privacy activists, and the mainstream media to pressure utility companies and public officials to adopt policies to eliminate, or minimize, the release of data from thousands of private resident smart meters to law enforcement agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The Utility Reform Network (TURN) has discovered that private energy usage data of thousands of California residents is being released each year by PG&E, Southern California Edison, SoCal Gas, and SDG&E with inconsistent application of rules for data request protocols, and without an understanding of the rules that govern data releases under California Public Utilities Committee (CPUC) smart meter privacy rules.

None of TURN’s work supported by this grant will be included in any requests to receive intervenor compensation from the California Public Utilities Commission.