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Smart Metering and Privacy: Existing Laws and Competing Policies

Elias Leake Quinn

University Colorado Law School - CEES

May 9, 2009

This paper examines the many competing policy issues surrounding the development of the smart grid, including supporting technological innovation and protecting consumer privacy. The paper uses potential privacy-protection regulation as a lens through which to envision smart grid development, as privacy protections will determine, in many ways, information flows and network architectures. The paper concludes with recommended structures for regulating the disclosure and trafficing of smart grid information about consumer electricity usage.

This paper was originally presented to the Colorado Public Utitlies Commission in May 2009, and then was used as a framing document in opening the Colorado PUC's investigatory docket concerning smart grid privacy concerns: Docket No. 09I-593EG.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 58

Keywords: smart grid, smart meter, privacy

JEL Classification: D82, L94

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Date posted: August 27, 2009 ; Last revised: April 13, 2014

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Quinn, Elias Leake, Smart Metering and Privacy: Existing Laws and Competing Policies (May 9, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1462285 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1462285

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Elias Leake Quinn (Contact Author)
University Colorado Law School - CEES ( email )
401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

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