By 2020, the European Union (EU) aims to replace 80% of household electricity meters with smart meters. This is because smart meters are widely regarded as a key to reducing both energy consumption and emission levels. Along with smart meter technology, however, comes some challenges in protecting consumer’s data privacy. This blog describes these privacy concerns as well as a potential solution to address them.

The risk of leaking smart meter readings

With the help of machine learning and advanced data analytics, several load-monitoring techniques can deduce a customer’s activity patterns just from their electricity metering data. Imagine a situation where a third party gets hold of your metering data and, using data mining algorithms, and can detect your presence or absence and other household activities. Wouldn’t that be devastating?

While the simplest solution to avoid this type of risk lies in not sharing your metering data with anyone, including your utility provider, which is easier said than done. The utility provider requires your power consumption data for billing, data aggregation and for estimating other physical elements critical to the grid operation that may not be measurable using sensors.

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Source: Smart Energy International

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