Xcel Energy has filed a compliance application addressing data privacy issues, pursuant to a recent decision by the Public Utilities Commission. Xcel’s filing will allow the PUC to investigate how customers access and share their energy data, and to assess the costs and benefits of implementing customer access to raw data (e.g., direct from the meter), Green Button-related data, downloadable data functionalities, and other options. As part of its application, Xcel filed a brief narrative discussing the annual notice it provides customers on its privacy policies, and noted that it allows customers to download their data via a “Green Button”-type system, and then to share it with third parties.
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