Provide those customers with an advanced meter, access to their usage in near real time by the end of 2011. The Commission directed that further investigation was required in order to create rules surrounding customer access, privacy and security before authorizing third party access. ·
Commission Provides Guidance to Investor Owned Utility’s Smart Grid Deployment Plans
In June 2010,7 pursuant to SB 17, the Commission issued a decision delineating requirements for a Smart Grid deployment plan. The decision provided Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PG&E”), San Diego Gas & Electric Company (“SDG&E”), and Southern California Edison Company (“SCE”) with the guidance needed to file Smart Grid Deployment Plans by July 1, 2011. The decision required that the Smart Grid Deployment Plans present a vision of the Smart Grid consistent with legislative initiatives. The vision must address how the plans will enable customers to capture the benefits of a wide range of energy technologies and energy management products and services that may, or may not, be provided by the utility, while protecting customers’ privacy. The vision must also discuss how the Smart Grid will help the utility meet environmental policies already adopted by statute or Commission action, and promote innovation and competition among companies developing new products and services.
This decision required that utilities follow a common outline in preparing their Smart Grid Deployment Plans. The outline consists of eight topics as follows:
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. Smart Grid Vision Statement; Deployment Baseline; Smart Grid Strategy; Grid Security and Cyber-Security Strategy; Smart Grid Roadmap; Cost Estimates; Benefits Estimates; and Metrics