10 Sep 2019
Session Blockā€”Applications 09:40 - 10:00

The deployment of Smart Grid technologies plays a crucial role in the transition to a sustainable energy in the future. In addition, it contributes to a more efficient management of value chain by enabling consumers, suppliers and distributers to benefit in real time of consumption information. However, such a transparency over consumer information requires adequate practical solution to mitigate privacy risks. This contribution aims at analysing how energy efficiency goals should be balanced with data protection needs and will focus on the interplay between the GDPR and the Electricity Directive.

1)Data protection by design solutions balanced with market facilitator's needs

Data aggregation and anonymization are basic solutions for hiding the link between an individual profile and energy consumption details. However, if we want to foster energy efficiency and promote behavioural change, the market facilitator must be enabled to have access to the energy data. And these data should not be in the aggregate, since market facilitators need individual energy consumption data in order to animate the market.

2)Privacy preserving data managementĀ 

In accordance with Art. 23 of the Electricity Directive, Member States shall organise the management of the metering and consumption data taking into account data protection requirements. This section will further elaborate on privacy preserving data management options.

3)Data subject/consumer's empowerment under the GDPR and Electricity Directive

Right to data portability, enshrined in Art. 20 of the GDPR, is closely linked to the objectives of guaranteeing an increased participation of consumers in energy transition and building consumer-centred electricity market. This section will explore how the right to data portability can contribute to consumer's empowerment and foster competition in the Electricity market; some associated risks will be also explored.

KU Leuven CiTiP - imec


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