I wanted to remind you that the University of Minnesota's Institute on Environment is hosting this seminar (also streaming online) TOMORROW at noon CST.
Instructions for joining the seminar online:
-- Join the event ten minutes early at https://umn.webex.com
-- The event ID number is 749 731 945
The seminar will be recorded and archived for later viewing at http://environment.umn.edu/frontiers-in-the-environment/.
Here's the abstract:
As state and local governments and electricity users attempt to improve the efficiency of their buildings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and realize the promises of improved demand-side management of energy resources, the need for electricity and other energy-related data becomes ever more pressing. Yet current law allows companies to keep a significant amount of energy use data confidential. In this talk we will draw lessons from the more sophisticated legal frameworks governing health care, education and environmental emissions data that balance public policy needs for data evaluation with privacy interests. A review of the law in these fields shows that the privacy and confidentiality interests in energy consumption data may be overstated and, in any event, can be adequately addressed in most instances by aggregating the data, using historic rather than current data, or developing contracts and other agreements to ensure security where access to individualized data is needed.