Wednesday, February 5, 2014

EU Parliament Resolution on Smart Grids/Meters: Ontario's App contests unveils contestants

A couple of EU stories today - one is likely silliness on targets initiated by a generally mocking reaction to the targets set, or not, a couple of weeks ago.

The other is on smart grids/meters.

EU Parliament Adopts Resolution on Local and Regional Consequences of Smart Grids Calling for High Standard of Data Protection | German Energy Blog
  • “…. emphasises the need for high standards for smart meters in terms of data protection and data privacy, and for enabling citizens to decide upon and control the data which is given to the network operators beyond the absolute minimum of data that is necessary for the provision of energy; …”
  • “… calls on Member States to enforce data protection rules while maintaining and developing synergies throughout telecommunications and energy networks and to uphold the rights of individuals in this area; emphasises that in terms of data collection for intelligent energy systems, standards should be developed to ensure that only relevant data is transmitted in order to guarantee the security of electricity supply, to ensure that no data are passed on to third parties, to ensure that customers have the right to inspect and delete the data collected if they are no longer required for the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed, and to ensure that citizens retain ownership of their data and have control with respect to the parties to whom they grant access to these data;”
seems reasonable.

For some of my thoughts on the provinces escapades: Whose Meter Is It: Dopey Ontario and Smart Meters

I'd note since writing it (~14 months ago) Google has bought Next, which could lead to the consumer side of the meter data that could be individually useful without being collectively creepy.

Because criticizing is one of the things I do... there's no reason the Ontario Energy Board should have allowed a monthly charge to pay for a data repository at the "smart meter entity"- designed, no doubt, to keep all data because they have no idea what data might be worth something (thus the need to bill to store it).

Because news is another thing I do: the apps contest I criticized at launch (A contest for Ontario's Smart Grid Makes the Province look stupid ) has now gathered enough app beauties to be judged.  The People's Choice award doesn't pay as much as the We Know People awards, but hey, vote early and often if you know people who put time into developing applications. 

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