It’s finally here! Yesterday, California Public Utility Commission issued what it expects to be its official rules for managing the security and privacy of utility customer energy data when it comes to smart meters, home energy management devices and every other potential gadget and business case that can be attached to the smart grid. We’ve covered many of the key issues surrounding this groundbreaking ruling, including the CPUC’s interesting definitions of just how customers’ data should be treated, and how utilities and their business partners should be held liable for protecting its privacy and security. The ruling also requires California’s big three utilities — Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric — to roll out all the smart grid/home energy technology pilots they’ve been putting off for the past few years, which should make for some interesting smart grid projects to come in the months ahead. I’ll be keeping a close eye on developments on the smart grid front here in California, but not from this site — as of today, I’ll be leaving my post as GigaOM Pro’s Green IT curator. It’s been a pleasure writing for you all, and I look forward to staying in touch with you amidst my future endeavors in the green technology field. Cheers!