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Published on Friday, June 12, 2015

House committee to consider revised requirements for disclosure of customer energy use information

On Friday June 12 at 9 am the House Technology & Economic Development Committee held a public hearing on HB 2264 which amends recently adopted legislation related to the statewide minimum privacy policy for disclosure of customer energy use information. (In Olympia, this is referred to as a "trailer" bill to clean up or clarify an unintended consequence or mistake made previously in the drafting process.)

For municipal electric utilities the bill:

  • Requires a consumer-owned utility (which includes municipal electric utilities) to implement the statewide minimum privacy policy for disclosure of customer energy use information through a policy adopted by its governing board within one year.
  • Makes disclosure or sale of private or proprietary information by a third party, when prohibited by certain contracts with an electric utility, enforceable under the Consumer Protection Act.
  • Removes a provision that made violation by an electric utility of requirements relating to the Statewide Minimum Privacy Policy enforceable under the Consumer Protection Act.

Immediately after the public hearing the committee voted and passed the bill. It’s unclear at this point whether this bill is likely to continue to move during this special session.

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