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EPRI Members Testing New Platform to Manage Smart Meter Data

April 28, 2021
The VIA platform integrates with a utility’s existing processes to manage data access requests.

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and several of its member utilities are collaborating with VIA on a project that seeks to uncover how AMI (smart meter) data can be managed better while being made more accessible. The participating utilities include Consolidated Edison (ConEd), American Electric Power (AEP), Électricité de France (EDF) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).

Recent regulations in the European Union as well as several U.S. states, including California, Illinois and New York, have mandated more open access to AMI data to support an accelerated transition to clean energy. These regulations have raised questions about compliance with existing data privacy and security regulations. VIA’s Trusted Analytics Chain (TAC) platform addresses this issue.

As part of the project, VIA will configure, deploy and demonstrate how TAC can integrate with an EPRI member’s existing processes to manage data access requests. The EPRI will provide expertise to evaluate how well VIA’s technology meets data privacy test scenarios commonly used when third parties request access to a power provider’s meter data.

“The power industry is being disrupted in a way not seen for 100 years. The integration of distributed generation, intermittent renewables and dramatic changes in load from EVs is putting incredible stress on the grid. To see increased adoption of clean energy, we need more data from more power providers accessible to more analysts. TAC’s ability to make energy data analyzable while complying with the strictest data privacy and security regulations will help pave the way for clean energy solutions across the globe,” said Colin Gounden, the CEO of VIA.

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