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Are you curious about California’s groundbreaking rule-making over consumer energy data privacy and access? So are all the parties involved, and with the deadline for initial comment to the California Public Utility Commission’s proposed ruling (PDF) on the subject approaching, those parties are making their views known. Utilities Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison recently filed comments on the ruling, as have the expected corporate interests including Verizon and the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG), as well as privacy advocates such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology. But we’ve also got some new entrants into the comments space, including the heavyweight trade group Consumer Electronics Association and a less-predictable set of comments from retail giant WalMart. I’ll be reading through the comments filed by these and other parties over the weekend, and expect to have an update for you early next week laying out the key points of contention — stay tuned. As a key market for smart grid, smart meter and home energy management technology, California’s rules could well influence how other states — as well as the federal government — end up dealing with the tricky issues of how utilities can give their customers free access to their own energy data while protecting its privacy and security.