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How Smart Is The Smart Grid (Susanlyon I Tech Law09)

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Presentation on Legal Issues with SmartGrid Given Before ITechlaw Conference May 2009.

Presentation on Legal Issues with SmartGrid Given Before ITechlaw Conference May 2009.

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  • 1. How Smart is the Smart Grid? Susan L. Lyon - Of Counsel Spring 2009
  • 2. The smart grid plan offers the hope that it “will save us money, protect our power sources from blackout or attack, and deliver clean, alternative forms of energy to every corner of our nation.” - President Barack Obama
  • 3. How Smart is the Smart Grid? § What is the Smart Grid ? § Who's Building/Funding It? § Privacy § Cybersecurity § Intellectual Property § Regulations
  • 4. Current Grid § Massive one-way freeway § Thousands of off-ramps onto one-way streets § One line down, everything downstream affected § Knowledge lo-tech
  • 5. Smart Grid § Electric grid + digital communication § Efficient § Decentralized § Collaborative § Reliable § Greener § Secure
  • 6. Who's Building the Smart Grid? § Government & Academic Institutions § Alliances & Coalitions § Private Industry
  • 7. Smart Grid Legislation § Energy Policy Act of 2005 § Tech loan guarantees/tax cuts; § Daylight savings time changes; § Commercial building energy deductions § Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007 § Modernize electricity grid; § Increased mpgs; § Hybrid and biofuel incentives; § American Recovery & Reinvestment Act § $11 billion - Smart Grid; § $50.3 billion - other energy
  • 8. Smart Grid & Privacy § Monitor hourly and daily energy activity § Reach into home to adjust energy use § Smart appliances § Share usage data
  • 9. Smart Grid & Security § Spies/Hackers § NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation) § Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (S.773) § Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (H.R. 2195 & S. 946)
  • 10. Intellectual Property § Avoid Patent "Hold- Up" Problems § Identify Patents Subject of Standards adopted as Regulation § Obtain Broad License Agreements
  • 11. Electric Regulations FERC – Federal Energy Regulatory Commission § Cyber security § Communications § “Wide-area situational awareness” monitor & operate § Coordinate operation of bulk power system with new & emerging technologies for § renewable resources, § demand resources, § electricity storage and § electric transportation systems.
  • 12. Communications Regulation § FCC Regulation § Two-Way Communications § Radio frequency interference, § Non-discrimination, § Network management regulation, § Privacy concerns
  • 13. Questions? slyon@perkinscoie.com digestiblelaw.com • Twitter @susanlyon Facebook Pages • Linked-In