California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1274


Introduced by Assembly Member Bradford

February 22, 2013


An act to add Sections 8382 and 8383 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to public utilities.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 1274, as introduced, Bradford. Public utilities: consumer privacy.

Existing law prohibits, except as specified, an electric corporation or gas corporation, and a local publicly owned utility, from sharing, disclosing, or otherwise making accessible to a third party a consumer’s electric or gas usage that is made available as a part of an advanced metering infrastructure, including the name, account number, and residence of the customer (data). Existing law requires the electrical corporation or gas corporation, and a locally publicly owned utility, to use reasonable security procedures and practices to provide a consumer’s unencrypted data from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure.

This bill would require the commission, by order or rule, to require an electrical corporation or gas corporation to establish, on or before December 31, 2014, communication standards and protocols for a home area network device that communicates electrical or gas consumption data, as defined, of that device to the electric corporation or gas corporation through an advanced metering infrastructure to ensure against the unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure of the data (cyber-security) and compatibility of the home area network devices. The bill would require a local publicly owned utility, on or before December 31, 2014, to establish communication standards and protocols for a home area network device that communicates electrical consumption data of that device to the utility to ensure cyber-security. The bill would require the electric corporation or gas corporation and a local publicly owned utility to provide to the consumer educational materials regarding cyber-security after the development of the communication standards and protocols.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 8382 is added to the Public Utilities Code,
2to read:

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8382.  

(a) The commission shall, by order or rule, require an
4electric corporation or gas corporation to establish, on or before
5December 31, 2014, communication standards and protocols for
6a home area network device that communicates electrical or gas
7consumption data of that device to the electric corporation or gas
8corporation through an advanced metering infrastructure to ensure
9against the unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or
10disclosure of the data and compatibility of the home area network
11devices.

12(b) An electric corporation or gas corporation shall ensure the
13consumer’s electrical or gas consumption data are not compromised
14by a third-party consultant of the corporation.

15(c) After the development of the communication standards and
16protocols, the electric corporation or gas corporation shall provide
17to consumers educational materials regarding measures to ensure
18against the unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or
19disclosure of the electrical or gas consumption data.

20(d) As used in this section, “electrical or gas consumption data”
21means a consumer’s electrical or gas usage, and includes the name,
22account number, or residence of the consumer.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 8383 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to
24read:

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8383.  

(a) On or before December 31, 2014, a local publicly
26owned electric utility shall establish communication standards and
27protocols for a home area network device that communicates
28electrical consumption data of that device to the utility through an
29advanced metering infrastructure to ensure against the unauthorized
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2and compatibility of the home area network devices.

3(b) A local publicly owned electric utility shall ensure that the
4consumer’s electrical consumption data are not compromised by
5a third-party consultant of the utility.

6(c) After the development of the communication standards and
7protocols, the local publicly owned electric utility shall provide to
8consumers educational materials regarding measures to ensure
9against the unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or
10disclosure of the electrical or gas consumption data.

11(d) As used in this section, “electrical consumption data” means
12a consumer’s electrical usage, and includes the name, account
13number, or residence of the consumer.



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