Bill Details - SB284 (2019)



03/14/2019   1030s







AN ACT establishing a statewide, multi-use online energy data platform.


SPONSORS: Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Dietsch, Dist 9; Rep. Balch, Hills. 38; Rep. McGhee, Hills. 40


COMMITTEE: Energy and Natural Resources






This bill establishes a statewide online energy data platform regulated by the public utilities commission and operated by the state's electric and natural gas utilities.


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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

03/14/2019   1030s 19-1025





In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen


AN ACT establishing a statewide, multi-use online energy data platform.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


1  Findings.  The general court finds that in order to accomplish the purposes of electric utility restructuring under RSA 374-F, to implement fully the state energy policy under RSA 378:37, and to make the state's energy systems more distributed, responsive, dynamic, and consumer-focused, it is necessary to provide consumers and stakeholders with safe, secure access to information about their energy usage.  Access to granular energy data is a foundational element for moving New Hampshire's electric and natural gas systems to a more efficient paradigm in which empowering consumers is a critical element.  By enabling the aggregation and anonymization of community-level energy data and requiring a consent-driven process for access to or sharing of customer-level energy usage data, the state can open the door to innovative business applications that will save customers money as well as facilitate municipal and county aggregation programs authorized by RSA 53-E.  Such a program of robust data is also likely to be useful in local planning, conducting market research, fostering increased awareness of energy consumption patterns, and the adoption of more efficient and sustainable energy use.

2  New Subdivision; Multi-Use Energy Data Platform.  Amend RSA 378 by inserting after section 49 the following new subdivision:

Multi-Use Energy Data Platform

378:50  Definitions.  In this subdivision:

I.  "Data sharing" means providing data and accessing data provided by others.

II.  “Individual customer data" means the customer's name, address, opt-in status pursuant to RSA 374:62, energy usage as recorded by meters supplied by electric and natural gas utilities, and other data segments established and authorized by the commission.

III.  “Third party" means:

(a)  Any service provider within the meaning of RSA 363:37, II other than a utility; and

(b)  The office of the consumer advocate established pursuant to RSA 363:28.

378:51  Online Energy Data Platform Established.  

I.  The commission shall require electric and natural gas utilities to establish and jointly operate a statewide, multi-use online energy data platform.  The data platform shall:

(a)  Consist of a common base of energy data for use in wide range of applications and business uses.

(b)  Adhere to specific and well-documented standards.

(c)  Isolate users from underlying system complexities and provide an application programming interface.

(d)  Adhere to a common statewide logical data model that defines the relationships among the various categories of data included in the platform.

(e)  Allow for sharing of individual customer data consistent with the opt-in requirements for third-party access specified in RSA 363:38.

(f)  Protect from unauthorized disclosure the personally identifying information of utility customers in a manner that advances applicable constitutional and statutory privacy rights, including the protections of RSA 363:38.

(g)  Provide for the voluntary participation of municipal utilities and deregulated rural electric cooperatives in data sharing and the operation of the online energy date platform, subject to terms, conditions, and cost sharing which are reasonable and in the public interest.

II.  The commission shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, relative to:

(a)  Standards for data accuracy, retention, availability, and security, including the integrity and uniformity of the logical data model.

(b)  Financial security standards or other mechanisms to assure compliance with privacy standards by third parties.

III.  The commission shall defer the implementation of the statewide multi-use online energy data platform pursuant to paragraph I if it determines that the cost of such platform to be recovered from customers exceeds the benefits to such customers.

378:52  Platform Requirements.  The utilities shall:

I.  Design and operate the energy data platform to provide opportunities for utilities, their customers, and third parties to access the online energy data platform and to participate in data sharing.

II.  Require, as a condition of accessing the online energy data platform, that a third party complete a qualification and registration process to ensure that any customer data downloaded from the platform remains in a safe, secure environment according to data privacy standards established by the commission.  

III.  Administer the online energy data platform in a manner consistent with RSA 363:38.

378:53  Certification.  The platform shall be certified by the Green Button Alliance and support the Energy Service Provider Interface of the North American Energy Standards Board and the Green Button "Connect My Data" initiative of the United States Department of Energy.

378:54  Cost Recovery.  The utilities may:

I.  Impose reasonable charges to third parties for access to data via the multi-use online energy data platform, and

II.  Otherwise recover from customers the prudently incurred costs of developing and operating the multi-use online energy data platform.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.









AN ACT establishing a statewide, multi-use online energy data platform.



The Office of Legislative Budget Assistant is unable to complete a fiscal note for this bill, as introduced, as it is awaiting information from the Public Utilities Commission and Department of Information Technology who were originally contacted on January 5, 2019, with follow up on January 24, 2019 for a fiscal note worksheet, which they have not provided as of January 28, 2019.  When completed, the fiscal note will be forwarded to the Senate Clerk's Office.



Public Utilities Commission and Department of Information Technology



Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 4
Feb. 19, 2019 Hearing: 02/19/2019, Room 103, SH, 10:30 am; SC 11
March 14, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0855s, 03/14/2019; SC 13
March 14, 2019 Committee Amendment # 2019-0855s, AF, VV; 03/14/2019; SJ 8
March 14, 2019 Sen. Fuller Clark Floor Amendment # 2019-1030s, AA, VV; 03/14/2019; SJ 8
March 14, 2019 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-1030s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 03/14/2019; SJ 8
March 20, 2019 Introduced 03/20/2019 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 19, 2019 Senate Hearing
March 14, 2019 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB284 Revision: 5276 Date: Jan. 29, 2019, 3:05 p.m.
SB284 Revision: 5561 Date: March 15, 2019, 9:34 a.m.