Bill Summary for H 19 (2016 Extra 4)

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Dec 14 2016

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View NCGA Bill Details2016 Extra Session 4
House Bill 19 (Public) Filed Wednesday, December 14, 2016
AN ACT REQUIRING THAT ELECTRIC UTILITIES PROVIDE CERTAIN ACCESS TO CUSTOMER INFORMATION AND MAINTAIN THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF THAT INFORMATION, REQUIRING AN ELECTRIC UTILITY TO PROVIDE STANDARD ELECTRICITY USAGE DATA TO CUSTOMERS AS A COMPONENT OF BASIC SERVICE; REQUIRING AN ELECTRIC UTILITY TO PROVIDE NONSTANDARD ELECTRICITY USAGE DATA TO CUSTOMERS UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; AUTHORIZING THE UTILITIES COMMISSION TO SET A REASONABLE FEE FOR AN ELECTRIC UTILITY TO PROVIDE NONSTANDARD ELECTRICITY USAGE DATA; AND AUTHORIZING THE DISCLOSURE OF AGGREGATE ELECTRICITY USAGE DATA TO THIRD PARTIES FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.
Intro. by J. Moore.

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States General Assembly findings about smart grid and smart meter technologies.

Enacts new GS 62-351 establishing the Electronic Usage Data Freedom Act to establish standards governing access to and use of electricity usage data by electric utilities, customers, and third parties. Sets out terms and definitions for use in the statute. Requires an electric utility and any third party that receives electric usage data to keep customer information confidential. Requires an electric utility to, upon request, provide a customer, or a designated third party, with: (1)  electronic access to the customer's current standard electric usage data and to historical standard electric usage data for a period of not less than 24 months, provided for free or (2) the customer's nonstandard electric usage data that is available to that electric utility; allows a fee to be charged to a third party for this information. Sets out requirements that must be met in providing aggregate electric usage data to third parties. 

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