techdirt: Three Energy Bills Look To Increase Fourth Amendment Protections For Americans by Tim Cushing:
Senator Ron Wyden has introduced a trio of energy bills for the Senate’s consideration. The three bills each have their own area of focus.
One bill [PDF] would direct the Department of Energy — along with state entities — to upgrade the flexibility and reliability of energy grids, thus limiting disruption during natural disasters. The second bill [PDF] creates grant programs for consumer-level renewable energy, providing incentives for purchase and deployment of solar panels, electric vehicles, and energy-efficient appliances. The third [PDF] tasks the DOE with leading the way for renewable energy storage R&D in hopes of driving costs down and providing more affordable alternatives to non-renewable energy sources.
Beyond their renewable energy focus, these three bills all have one thing in common: law enforcement agencies aren’t going to like them. Each bill contains language erecting warrant requirements for law enforcement access of consumer energy usage data.