Updates today will be from our smart grid privacy fellow Matt Gruenberg:
Session on end user perspectives: do utilities truly understand their customers?
Ohio Consumers Counsel J.M. Ostrander only way demand response can work is if consumer understand it
Viktor Mayer-Schönberger on forgetting in a digital age http://bit.ly/NfALa Are grid folks thinking about data retention policies?
Val jensen of Con edison: debate among utilities and regulators as to who “owns” the customer
IBM Survey: Green is important but 90% of customers will not pay for it. (so here enter the data companies?)
Smartgrid Security: not everything requires same level of protection; It’s really CONTROL we need to protect. & DATA
Alabama Power: Will the consumer want all their electric usage analyzed?
Greenbox Technology: Home power usage details MUST be Opt-In.
Future of Privacy Forum: Great to hear everyone talking opt-in, but don’t think that talking to consumers about choices is easy. Research to learn how to engage users is critical, or consumers will be worrying about the grid version of cookies and web bugs.
GridWeek Day One
US CTO Aneesh Chopra at GridWeek says “democratize the data for smart grid apps”. FPF: OK, but these apps better behave, not like some socnet apps! You can also follow realtime at twitter.com/julespolonetsky
CNT Energy: Some ask: Why should power company send a bill telling you how you spend compared to peers. Credit card company doesn’t.
Austin Energy: Data has always belonged to customer. Feds need to play a role so AGs around the US don’t have different rules for obtaining user data
CNT Energy: With meter outside house, mos tpeole are already making power usage public
Tendril: Display power data to users in a way they understand, live power bars on cell fone.
Gridweek: Tom Casey of Current Group: McKinsey said 80 plus % of smart grid benefit gained on the grid side, not the consumer side. Major benefit to users has been reduced outages.
Tendril: Adrian Tuck Save money, save the planet, beat your neighbors. So use game theory to create competition between types of users. In his house, kids run around turning off power to beat the neighbors.
Tendril: But many users don’t care. So for them, make sure the smart devices are not disruptive.
Tendril: Zigby enabled GE fridge. Not disruptive. Looks like normal fridge, no space age screens. But usually makes ice at 3 a.m. because it gets a power price signal. Fridge talks to wash machine to be sure it doesn’t make ice when washing machine is running, avoiding peek usage.