SB284 (2019) Detail

Establishing a statewide, multi-use online energy data platform.




03/14/2019   1030s

8May2019... 1719h







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.

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03/14/2019   1030s

8May2019... 1719h 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:


286:1  Findings.  The general court finds that:

I.  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, allow them to make better and more creative use of the electricity grid as well as other utility services, and 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.

II.  Implementation of a multi-use, online data platform is, in light of electric industry restructuring pursuant to RSA 374-F, well calculated to advance the objectives of recent and ongoing proceedings at the public utilities commission, including IR 15-296 (Grid Modernization), DE 16-576 (Alternative Net Metering Tariffs), DE 15-137 (Energy Efficiency Resource Standard), and DE 17-136 (implementation of Energy Efficiency Resource Standard for 2018-2020).

286:2  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)  Provide a user-friendly 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 data platform, subject to terms, conditions, and cost sharing which are reasonable and in the public interest.

II.  The commission shall open an adjudicative proceeding within 90 days of the effective date of this subdivision, to which all electric and natural gas utilities shall be mandatory parties, to determine:

(a)  Governance, development, implementation, change management, and versioning of the statewide, multi-use, online energy data platform.

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

(c)  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 is unreasonable and not in the public interest.

IV.  The commission may adopt rules pursuant to RSA 541-A as necessary to implement this section.

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 established under RSA 378:51 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 Green Button Alliance.

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 costs from customers in a timely manner as approved by the commission.

286:3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.


Approved: July 19, 2019

Effective Date: September 17, 2019




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SB284 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 19, 2019 Senate Hearing
March 14, 2019 Senate Floor Vote
April 2, 2019 House Hearing
April 30, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
May 8, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB284 Revision: 6627 Date: Dec. 4, 2019, 9:18 a.m.
SB284 Revision: 6310 Date: June 13, 2019, 2:17 p.m.
SB284 Revision: 5902 Date: May 29, 2019, 12:34 p.m.
SB284 Revision: 5561 Date: April 17, 2019, 10:50 a.m.
SB284 Revision: 5276 Date: Jan. 29, 2019, 3:05 p.m.


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 HJ 11 P. 71
April 2, 2019 Public Hearing: 04/02/2019 11:00 am LOB 304
April 10, 2019 Full Committee Work Session: 04/10/2019 09:00 am LOB 304
April 17, 2019 Subcommittee Work Session: 04/17/2019 09:00 am LOB 304
April 23, 2019 Subcommittee Work Session: 04/23/2019 01:00 pm LOB 304
April 25, 2019 Subcommittee Work Session: 04/25/2019 01:00 pm LOB 304
April 30, 2019 Executive Session: 04/30/2019 10:00 am LOB 304
Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1719h (Vote 14-4; RC)
May 8, 2019 Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1719h for 05/08/2019 (Vote 14-4; RC) HC 23 P. 12
Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
May 8, 2019 Amendment # 2019-1719h: AA VV 05/08/2019 HJ 15 P. 51
May 8, 2019 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-1719h: MA RC 218-133 05/08/2019 HJ 15 P. 51
June 13, 2019 Sen. Fuller Clark Moved to Concur with the House Amendment, MA, VV; 06/13/2019; SJ 20
June 27, 2019 Enrolled 06/27/2019 HJ 20 P. 53
June 27, 2019 Enrolled (In recess 06/27/2019); SJ 21
July 19, 2019 Signed by the Governor on 07/19/2019; Chapter 286; Effective 09/17/2019