Smart Grid Legal News is a forum for Stevens & Lee attorneys to discuss the smart grid, an interconnected network of electricity that uses digital technology to deliver utility services. Edited by Linda R. Evers, the blog comments on legal developments on issues related to the smart grid, which can include committee meetings at the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, consumer concerns, and cost effectiveness.
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There are bold and extremely risk-averse criminals on the loose in Butte, MT. A spokesperson for NorthWestern Energy confirmed the utility was recently the victim of LIVE power line thefts on two separate occasions! Yes, you read that correctly. Someone, unable to comprehend the hazards of cutting...
Rather than let the experts at the Georgia Public Service Commission address the issue, lawmakers in Georgia have decided to address consumer smart meter concerns with the passage of Senate Bill 459. What is most concerning about the bill is that it fails to acknowledge the financial...
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy recently issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (“FOA”) that requires the recipient to provide only twenty percent of the total budget. Funding will focus on three areas of interest: Advancing Energy Efficiency in Public...
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) announced the release of Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards 2.0. Framework 2.0 lays out a plan for transforming the nation's aging electric power system into an interoperable Smart Grid – a...
I said 2011 was the year of the opt-out, but based on a couple of recent Commission orders, 2011 may have been a preamble. Texas, a state known for a robust competitive electric market and with millions of smart meters already installed, has decided to conduct an investigation to formally address...
Recently the California Public Utility Commission issued an order that modifies PG&E’s SmartMeter Program, requiring the utility to include an opt-out option for residential customers. Here are the highlights of the 41-page decision: The opt-out option means offering an analog...
The NARUC 2012 Winter Committee Meetings were full of informative sessions. With over 700 people in attendance, the Forum on Reliability and the Environment was definitely one of the popular meetings. The crowd paid close attention to the presentation by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy as she...
The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”), which manages over 245 million acres, recently published in the Federal Register an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to give the public background information about the BLM’s interest in...
Data privacy has been an issue long before the smart grid became a commonly used term. With so much of our lives spent online and stored in clouds, data privacy is certainly something to be concerned about. Technology is a wonderful thing, yet it creates more data that needs to be managed and...
Based on its Energy Overview, Michigan’s total energy consumption is relatively high, due in part to the State’s large population (8th in the nation), northern climate and industrial sector. Activities such as durable goods manufacturing by the automotive, glass, metal castings...