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Consumer electricity usage data (CEUD) (also called customer-specific usage data) includes all data specific to an individual customer‘s energy use, including at a minimum individual energy use by time interval.
Such data has enormous potential to enable utilities or other third-party service providers to help consumers significantly reduce energy consumption, avoid costly breakdowns and repairs, and reduce the overall complexity of running a modern household full of increasingly complex and interactive devices and appliances.
Because such data can also disclose fairly detailed information about the behavior and activities of a particular household, the collection of CEUD raises privacy implications that should be acknowledged and respected during the development of intelligent electrical-metering-and-usage-monitoring technologies. It is the energy usage data itself and the ability to tie that data to an individual or household that makes the data particularly sensitive.