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Allow energy consumers to make their own decisions about their smart-meter data

Energy consumers must be able to give service providers, such as energy-saving services, their consent themselves for the use of data generated by their smart meters. With such services, consumers are able to take advantage of their smart meters better, and to help realize the energy transition.

This is one of conclusions of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) in its ‘Vision document on data governance with regard to energy’, which was released on March 29, 2019. With this vision document, ACM wishes to contribute towards improved management and better utilization of energy data.

Independent management

According to ACM, the data generated by smart meters should be managed in an independent manner. The idea is that all market participants are able to access the data under equal conditions. However, for each consumer, market participants can only access and use the data if that consumer has explicitly consented to that.

Privacy comes first

ACM has identified various organizations that would be able to set up and organize an independent data management system, such as system operators and commercial businesses. Next to the reliability, the affordability and the security of such systems, the privacy of consumers with regard to data management must come first.

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