Arlington, Va. (PRWEB) March 21, 2012
On Wednesday, March 28 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. EDT, join Opower’s Arkadi Gerney and Jules Polonetsky from the Future of Privacy Forum for an engaging discussion about current and future energy privacy regulations in the U.S. at the state and federal level.
Currently, there are more than 25 million smart meters installed in homes the U.S. and that number is expected to double in the next five years. Smart meter data can improve the customer experience by providing customers with additional information and functionality, but can also raise privacy and security concerns.
Data privacy regulation has developed in other sectors—primarily in the financial services, medical, and telecommunications industries—but it is a relatively novel issue in the energy space.
Arkadi and Jules will discuss how California has led the way in developing smart meter data privacy regulations and how many other states are following the state’s lead with their own policies. They will also discuss the privacy commitments made by Opower, the energy efficiency technology company, to protect customers’ smart meter data and will look at how other initiatives, such as Green Button, may influence future smart grid data regulations.
To register, please visit https://opower.webex.com/opower/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=662406123.
Arkadi Gerney leads Opower’s outreach to the federal government, regulatory research, and public policy partnerships with businesses, advocacy groups, and non-profits. Prior to joining Opower, Arkadi worked as Special Advisor and First Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, where he build and managed Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national coalition of 550 mayors that Mayor Bloomberg co-chairs. Arkadi also managed some of the City's criminal justice programs and developed other national coalitions that Mayor Bloomberg leads. Before joining the Bloomberg administration, he worked as an attorney at WilmerHale and as a partner in a political consulting firm.
Jules Polonetsky has served since November 2008 as Co-chair and Director of the Future of Privacy Forum, a think tank seeking to improve the state of online privacy by advancing responsible data practices. His previous roles have included serving as Chief Privacy Officer at AOL and before that at DoubleClick, as Consumer Affairs Commissioner for New York City, as an elected New York State Legislator and as a congressional staffer, and as an attorney. In 2011, Jules was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. He has served on the boards of groups such as TRUSTe, the IAPP, the Network Advertising Initiative, the Privacy Projects, and the Better Business Bureau (NY Region). His writing and research can be found at http://www.futureofprivacy.org.
Opower is the leader in energy information software, providing the utility industry’s only cross-channel platform proven to drive energy efficiency gains on a large scale. Using cutting-edge behavioral science and patent-pending analytics, the Opower platform enables utilities to provide targeted energy data and advice to each customer. More than 60 utilities—including 8 of the 10 largest in the US—partner with Opower to improve the effectiveness of their energy-efficiency portfolios and motivate their customers to become more energy efficient, while dramatically increasing the level of customer engagement and overall customer satisfaction. For utilities with Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), the Opower platform represents a cost-effective way to convert hourly data into measurable energy savings, delivering a clear return on investment directly to customers. Founded in 2007 and privately held, Opower is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with offices in San Francisco, California, and London, England. For more information, please visit http://www.opower.com.