Consumer Interface With the Smart Grid, 7526-7528 [2010-3251]

Download as PDF 7526 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 33 / Friday, February 19, 2010 / Notices reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. This notice is distributed electronically to subscribers. If you no longer wish to receive it, or would like to be added to the distribution, please contact the Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20555 (301–415–1969), or send an e-mail to darlene.wright@nrc.gov. Dated: February 16, 2010. Rochelle C. Bavol, Office of the Secretary. [FR Doc. 2010–3354 Filed 2–17–10; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2010–0052] Withdrawal of Regulatory Guide AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Withdrawal of Regulatory Guide 1.56, ‘‘Maintenance of Water Purity in Boiling Water Reactors.’’ pwalker on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew D. Yoder, Division of Component Integrity, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001, telephone 301–415– 4017 or e-mail Matthew.Yoder@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: I. Introduction The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or Commission) is withdrawing Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.56, ‘‘Maintenance of Water Purity in Boiling Water Reactors,’’ Revision 1, dated July 1978. Revision 1 of RG 1.56 was issued for comment in July 1978 and never finalized. It was intended to support General Design Criterion (GDC) 14, ‘‘Reactor Coolant Pressure Boundary’’ and GDC 31, ‘‘Fracture Prevention of Reactor Coolant Pressure Boundary’’ of Appendix A, ‘‘General Design Criteria for Nuclear Power Plants,’’ in Title 10, Part 50, of the Code of Federal Regulations, ‘‘Domestic Licensing of Production and Utilization Facilities.’’ RG 1.56 describes an acceptable method for maintaining water purity levels in the reactor coolant in order to ensure that degradation of the reactor coolant pressure boundary is not exacerbated by poor chemistry conditions. However, degradation of the reactor coolant pressure boundary is generally a long-term process and other direct means to monitor and correct reactor coolant pressure boundary VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:05 Feb 18, 2010 Jkt 220001 degradation exist, which are controlled by regulations and plant technical specifications. 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ACTION: Notice; request for public comment. SUMMARY: With this notice, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) within the Executive Office of the President requests input from the public regarding the consumer interface with the Smart Grid. This Request for Information (RFI) will be active from February 23, 2010 to March 12, 2010. Respondents are invited to respond online via the Smart Grid Forum at http://www.nist.gov/smartgrid/, or may submit responses via electronic mail. Electronic mail responses will be reposted on the online forum. DATES: Comments must be received by 5 p.m. EST on March 12, 2010. ADDRESSES: Submit comments by one of the following methods: Smart Grid Forum: http:// www.nist.gov/smartgrid/. Via E-mail: smartgrid@ostp.gov. Mail: Office of Science and Technology Policy, Attn: Open Government Recommendations, 725 17th Street, Washington, DC 20502. Comments submitted in response to this notice may be made available to the public online or by alternative means. For this reason, please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information. If you submit an e-mail comment, your e-mail address will be captured automatically and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Kevin Hurst, Assistant Director for Energy Technology, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, Attn: Open Government, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20502, 202–456–7116. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\19FEN1.SGM 19FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 33 / Friday, February 19, 2010 / Notices pwalker on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES I. Background Modernization of the Nation’s electric grid is a vital component of the President’s comprehensive energy plan, which aims to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, create jobs, and help U.S. industry compete successfully in global markets for clean energy technology. Seventy-two percent of the Nation’s electricity is consumed in buildings, and nearly half of that is in homes. Optimizing building energy consumption, especially during peak load periods, can improve the reliability, security, and efficiency of the electric grid while reducing energy costs to consumers. The ‘‘Smart Grid’’—a modernized electricity transmission and distribution system involving the increased use of digital information and controls technology—can help to realize these benefits. Demand-side Smart Grid technologies include ‘‘smart meters’’ (which provide two-way, near-real-time data communications between the utility and consumer premises), ‘‘smart appliances’’ (which provide data communications and control options), and ‘‘smart interfaces’’ that can integrate distributed energy resources, demand response resources, or other energy loads and storage devices such as plugin electric and hybrid electric vehicles. The Smart Grid will help to provide consumers with the information, automation, and tools they need to control and optimize energy use. This control and optimization requires interoperability and information exchange between the grid and a wide variety of energy-using devices and controllers, such as thermostats, water heaters, appliances, consumer electronics, and energy management systems. The Department of Energy (DOE) Smart Grid Investment Grant program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is accelerating deployment of smart meters and other components of an advanced electric grid. In many instances, smart meters will have the capability to communicate near-real-time measurements of electricity usage to the utility and the consumer. In some implementations, data can be provided to the consumer directly from the smart meter (or another monitoring device) through an in-home display or energy management system via a local communications interface. In other implementations, consumers or their authorized agents can obtain their usage data via the internet from an information system at the utility. One of the goals of the Smart Grid is to enable innovation and competition in VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:05 Feb 18, 2010 Jkt 220001 new products and services that can help consumers minimize both peak and overall energy usage and save money. To be most effective, the Smart Grid will need to provide not only usage data but also information such as electricity price data and demand response signals to the consumer and energy-using devices in the home. This information could be provided to the consumer’s home devices either through the smart meter’s local communication interface or through a separate gateway, provided either by the utility or a third-party service provider. In order to clarify the various implementation options, we seek comments on issues related to the demand-side Smart Grid architecture, including the potential costs, benefits, implementation hurdles, and ways in which each option would support open innovation in home energy services. A robust, secure, and flexible architecture based on open standards is needed for information exchange between the home and the Smart Grid. Section 1305 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 advises that the Smart Grid interoperability framework be designed to ‘‘* * * consider the use of voluntary uniform standards for certain classes of mass-produced electric appliances and equipment for homes and businesses that enable customers, at their election and consistent with applicable State and Federal laws, and are manufactured with the ability to respond to electric grid emergencies and demand response signals * * *’’. The diversity of communications technologies and standards used by devices in the home presents a significant challenge to achieving interoperability. A balance must be struck between, on the one hand, maximizing innovation and customer choice, and, on the other hand, ensuring reliability and a sufficiently standardized environment so that manufacturers can produce costeffective Smart Grid-enabled appliances that work anywhere in the Nation. That balance must also include the need for cost-effective Smart Grid infrastructure. In addition, ensuring cyber security in the home-to-grid interface is a critical consideration. The Smart Grid must provide benefits to a variety of consumers. Consumers who have many energy-using appliances and devices may wish to have the grid interoperate with an existing home area network and a sophisticated home energy management system. Other consumers may not have the desire, skill, or means to configure a home area network and may simply wish to plug in a new, Smart-Grid-enabled appliance and have it automatically communicate PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7527 with the grid in order to realize energysaving benefits. The diversity of consumer needs must be considered in the design and deployment of Smart Grid infrastructure and devices. The Executive Branch is considering ways to ensure that the consumer interface to the Smart Grid achieves the desired goal of providing all consumers with the information they need to control and optimize their energy use in a manner that ensures ease of use, widespread adoption, and innovation. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), pursuant to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, recently published the first release of an interoperability framework for the Smart Grid (NIST Special Publication 1108, available at http:// www.nist.gov/public_affairs/releases/ smartgrid_interoperability_final.pdf), which includes discussion of these issues and identifies the need for further work to provide solutions. II. Invitation To Comment Input is welcome on issues related to the architecture of the consumer interface with the Smart Grid as well as consumer ownership of Smart Grid data. Questions that individuals may wish to address include, but are not limited to the following. As part of your submission, please indicate the question to which your answer responds. 1. Should the smart meter serve as the primary gateway for residential energy usage data, price data, and demand response signals? What are the most important factors in making this assessment, and how might those factors change over time? 2. Should a data gateway other than the smart meter be used for all or a subset of the data described in question 1? 3. If the smart meter, via the utility network, is the primary gateway for the data described in question 1, will it be technically and commercially feasible for consumers and their authorized third-party service providers to access the data easily and in real time? 4. Who owns the home energy usage data? Should individual consumers and their authorized third-party service providers have the right to access energy usage data directly from the meter? 5. How are low-income consumers best served by home-to-grid technology? 6. What alternative architectures involving real-time (or near-real-time) electricity usage and price data are there that could support open innovation in home energy services? 7. Some appliance manufacturers have announced plans to market Smart Grid-enabled appliances in late 2011 E:\FR\FM\19FEN1.SGM 19FEN1 7528 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 33 / Friday, February 19, 2010 / Notices provided that appropriate communication standards are defined in 2010. What standard data communications interfaces(s) should be supported by appliances and the smart meter or data gateway so that appliance manufacturers can cost-effectively produce smart appliances that can communicate with the Smart Grid anywhere in the nation? How can communication between smart appliances and the Smart Grid be made ‘‘plug and play’’ for consumers who do not have the skills or means to configure data networks? If gateways or adapters are needed, who should pay for them: The utility or the consumer? Please note that several important Smart Grid topics—including Federal and State policy hurdles, cyber security, and business case challenges—are beyond the scope of this request, except insofar as they bear on the primary topics identified above. One or more future requests for comment may be organized to obtain input on these additional issues. Discussions of all of the above topics are also ongoing in several forums, including the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel established by NIST and the GridWise Architecture Council established by DOE. Relevant input received through this request will be shared with NIST, DOE, and other interested Federal agencies. Ted Wackler, Deputy Chief of Staff. 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The Exchange has designated the proposed rule change as constituting a non-controversial rule change under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) under the Act,3 which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of the Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange is filing this proposed rule change to amend BX Rules 2848 (Communications with the Public and Customers Concerning Index Warrants, Currency Index Warrants, and Currency Warrants); 3330 (Payment Designed to Influence Market Prices, Other than Paid Advertising); and 9810 (Initiation of Proceeding) to reflect recent changes to corresponding rules of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (‘‘FINRA’’). The text of the proposed rule change is available at http:// nasdaqomxbx.cchwallstreet.com, the Exchange’s principal office, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose BX based much of its rules on those of The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (‘‘NASDAQ’’). Similarly, many of NASDAQ’s rules are based on rules of FINRA (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers (‘‘NASD’’)). As a consequence, many of BX’s rules closely mirror those of FINRA. During 2008, FINRA embarked on an extended process of moving rules formerly designated as ‘‘NASD Rules’’ into a consolidated FINRA rulebook. In most cases, FINRA has renumbered these rules, and in some cases has 3 17 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 substantively amended them. Accordingly, BX also proposes to initiate a process of modifying its rulebook to ensure that BX rules corresponding to FINRA/NASD rules continue to mirror them as closely as practicable. In some cases, it will not be possible for the rule numbers of BX rules to mirror corresponding FINRA rules, because existing or planned BX rules make use of those numbers. However, wherever possible, BX plans to update its rules to reflect changes to corresponding FINRA rules. This filing addresses BX Rules 2848 (Communications with the Public and Customers Concerning Index Warrants, Currency Index Warrants, and Currency Warrants); 3330 (Payment Designed to Influence Market Prices, Other than Paid Advertising); and 9810 (Initiation of Proceeding) to update crossreferences to corresponding rules of FINRA. In SR–FINRA–2009–078,4 FINRA made changes that reflected, among other things, incorporation into the consolidated FINRA rulebook of NASD Rule 3330 as FINRA Rule 5230 (Payments Involving Publications that Influence the Market Price of a Security); 5 NASD Rule 2330 as FINRA Rule 2150 (Improper Use of Customers’ Securities or Funds; Prohibition Against Guarantees and Sharing in Accounts); 6 and NASD Rule 2220 as FINRA Rule 2220 (Options Communications).7 FINRA Rule 2220, like former NASD Rule 2220, sets forth a member’s obligations with respect to its options communications with the public and: (a) uses, to the extent appropriate, the same terminology and definitions as in FINRA’s general rules on communications with the public; (b) makes the requirements for principal review of correspondence concerning options the same as for correspondence generally; and (c) updates the standards on the content of communications that precede the delivery of the options disclosure document (ODD). BX is, by this filing, updating references in its Rule 2848 from NASD Rule 2220 to FINRA Rule 2220. 4 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 61087 (December 1, 2009), 74 FR 65190 (December 9, 2009) (SR–FINRA–2009–078) (notice of filing and immediate effectiveness). 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 60648 (September 10, 2009), 74 FR 47837 (September 17, 2009) (SR–FINRA–2009–048) (order approving adoption of FINRA Rule 5230). 6 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 60701 (September 21, 2009); 74 FR 49425 (September 28, 2009) (SR–FINRA–2009–014) (order approving adoption of FINRA Rule 2150). 7 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 60534 (August 19, 2009), 74 FR 44410 (August 28, 2009) (SR–FINRA–2009–036) (order approving adoption of FINRA Rules 2124, 2220, 4370, and 5250). E:\FR\FM\19FEN1.SGM 19FEN1

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OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY


Consumer Interface With the Smart Grid

AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive 
Office of the President.

ACTION: Notice; request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: With this notice, the Office of Science and Technology Policy 
(OSTP) within the Executive Office of the President requests input from 
the public regarding the consumer interface with the Smart Grid. This 
Request for Information (RFI) will be active from February 23, 2010 to 
March 12, 2010. Respondents are invited to respond online via the Smart 
Grid Forum at http://www.nist.gov/smartgrid/, or may submit responses 
via electronic mail. Electronic mail responses will be re-posted on the 
online forum.

DATES: Comments must be received by 5 p.m. EST on March 12, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments by one of the following methods:

    Smart Grid Forum: http://www.nist.gov/smartgrid/.
    Via E-mail: smartgrid@ostp.gov.
    Mail: Office of Science and Technology Policy, Attn: Open 
Government Recommendations, 725 17th Street, Washington, DC 20502.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice may be made available 
to the public online or by alternative means. For this reason, please 
do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, 
such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information. If 
you submit an e-mail comment, your e-mail address will be captured 
automatically and included as part of the comment that is placed in the 
public docket and made available on the Internet.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Kevin Hurst, Assistant Director 
for Energy Technology, Office of Science and Technology Policy, 
Executive Office of the President, Attn: Open Government, 725 17th 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20502, 202-456-7116.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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I. Background

    Modernization of the Nation's electric grid is a vital component of 
the President's comprehensive energy plan, which aims to reduce U.S. 
dependence on foreign oil, create jobs, and help U.S. industry compete 
successfully in global markets for clean energy technology.
    Seventy-two percent of the Nation's electricity is consumed in 
buildings, and nearly half of that is in homes. Optimizing building 
energy consumption, especially during peak load periods, can improve 
the reliability, security, and efficiency of the electric grid while 
reducing energy costs to consumers. The ``Smart Grid''--a modernized 
electricity transmission and distribution system involving the 
increased use of digital information and controls technology--can help 
to realize these benefits. Demand-side Smart Grid technologies include 
``smart meters'' (which provide two-way, near-real-time data 
communications between the utility and consumer premises), ``smart 
appliances'' (which provide data communications and control options), 
and ``smart interfaces'' that can integrate distributed energy 
resources, demand response resources, or other energy loads and storage 
devices such as plug-in electric and hybrid electric vehicles.
    The Smart Grid will help to provide consumers with the information, 
automation, and tools they need to control and optimize energy use. 
This control and optimization requires interoperability and information 
exchange between the grid and a wide variety of energy-using devices 
and controllers, such as thermostats, water heaters, appliances, 
consumer electronics, and energy management systems. The Department of 
Energy (DOE) Smart Grid Investment Grant program, funded by the 
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is accelerating deployment of 
smart meters and other components of an advanced electric grid.
    In many instances, smart meters will have the capability to 
communicate near-real-time measurements of electricity usage to the 
utility and the consumer. In some implementations, data can be provided 
to the consumer directly from the smart meter (or another monitoring 
device) through an in-home display or energy management system via a 
local communications interface. In other implementations, consumers or 
their authorized agents can obtain their usage data via the internet 
from an information system at the utility.
    One of the goals of the Smart Grid is to enable innovation and 
competition in new products and services that can help consumers 
minimize both peak and overall energy usage and save money. To be most 
effective, the Smart Grid will need to provide not only usage data but 
also information such as electricity price data and demand response 
signals to the consumer and energy-using devices in the home. This 
information could be provided to the consumer's home devices either 
through the smart meter's local communication interface or through a 
separate gateway, provided either by the utility or a third-party 
service provider. In order to clarify the various implementation 
options, we seek comments on issues related to the demand-side Smart 
Grid architecture, including the potential costs, benefits, 
implementation hurdles, and ways in which each option would support 
open innovation in home energy services.
    A robust, secure, and flexible architecture based on open standards 
is needed for information exchange between the home and the Smart Grid. 
Section 1305 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 
advises that the Smart Grid interoperability framework be designed to 
``* * * consider the use of voluntary uniform standards for certain 
classes of mass-produced electric appliances and equipment for homes 
and businesses that enable customers, at their election and consistent 
with applicable State and Federal laws, and are manufactured with the 
ability to respond to electric grid emergencies and demand response 
signals * * *''. The diversity of communications technologies and 
standards used by devices in the home presents a significant challenge 
to achieving interoperability. A balance must be struck between, on the 
one hand, maximizing innovation and customer choice, and, on the other 
hand, ensuring reliability and a sufficiently standardized environment 
so that manufacturers can produce cost-effective Smart Grid-enabled 
appliances that work anywhere in the Nation. That balance must also 
include the need for cost-effective Smart Grid infrastructure. In 
addition, ensuring cyber security in the home-to-grid interface is a 
critical consideration.
    The Smart Grid must provide benefits to a variety of consumers. 
Consumers who have many energy-using appliances and devices may wish to 
have the grid interoperate with an existing home area network and a 
sophisticated home energy management system. Other consumers may not 
have the desire, skill, or means to configure a home area network and 
may simply wish to plug in a new, Smart-Grid-enabled appliance and have 
it automatically communicate with the grid in order to realize energy-
saving benefits. The diversity of consumer needs must be considered in 
the design and deployment of Smart Grid infrastructure and devices.
    The Executive Branch is considering ways to ensure that the 
consumer interface to the Smart Grid achieves the desired goal of 
providing all consumers with the information they need to control and 
optimize their energy use in a manner that ensures ease of use, 
widespread adoption, and innovation. The National Institute of 
Standards and Technology (NIST), pursuant to the Energy Independence 
and Security Act of 2007, recently published the first release of an 
interoperability framework for the Smart Grid (NIST Special Publication 
1108, available at http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/releases/smartgrid_interoperability_final.pdf), which includes discussion of 
these issues and identifies the need for further work to provide 
solutions.

II. Invitation To Comment

    Input is welcome on issues related to the architecture of the 
consumer interface with the Smart Grid as well as consumer ownership of 
Smart Grid data. Questions that individuals may wish to address 
include, but are not limited to the following. As part of your 
submission, please indicate the question to which your answer responds.
    1. Should the smart meter serve as the primary gateway for 
residential energy usage data, price data, and demand response signals? 
What are the most important factors in making this assessment, and how 
might those factors change over time?
    2. Should a data gateway other than the smart meter be used for all 
or a subset of the data described in question 1?
    3. If the smart meter, via the utility network, is the primary 
gateway for the data described in question 1, will it be technically 
and commercially feasible for consumers and their authorized third-
party service providers to access the data easily and in real time?
    4. Who owns the home energy usage data? Should individual consumers 
and their authorized third-party service providers have the right to 
access energy usage data directly from the meter?
    5. How are low-income consumers best served by home-to-grid 
technology?
    6. What alternative architectures involving real-time (or near-
real-time) electricity usage and price data are there that could 
support open innovation in home energy services?
    7. Some appliance manufacturers have announced plans to market 
Smart Grid-enabled appliances in late 2011

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provided that appropriate communication standards are defined in 2010. 
What standard data communications interfaces(s) should be supported by 
appliances and the smart meter or data gateway so that appliance 
manufacturers can cost-effectively produce smart appliances that can 
communicate with the Smart Grid anywhere in the nation? How can 
communication between smart appliances and the Smart Grid be made 
``plug and play'' for consumers who do not have the skills or means to 
configure data networks? If gateways or adapters are needed, who should 
pay for them: The utility or the consumer?
    Please note that several important Smart Grid topics--including 
Federal and State policy hurdles, cyber security, and business case 
challenges--are beyond the scope of this request, except insofar as 
they bear on the primary topics identified above. One or more future 
requests for comment may be organized to obtain input on these 
additional issues. Discussions of all of the above topics are also 
ongoing in several forums, including the Smart Grid Interoperability 
Panel established by NIST and the GridWise Architecture Council 
established by DOE. Relevant input received through this request will 
be shared with NIST, DOE, and other interested Federal agencies.

Ted Wackler,
Deputy Chief of Staff.
[FR Doc. 2010-3251 Filed 2-18-10; 8:45 am]
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