Notice of accessing, collecting, storing, using and disclosing energy usage information
Ava Community Energy (Ava), its employees, agents, contractors, and affiliates shall maintain the confidentiality of individual customers’ names, service addresses, billing addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, account numbers, and electricity consumption, except where reasonably necessary to conduct Ava’s business or to provide services to customers pursuant to the “Rules Regarding Privacy and Security Protections for Energy Usage Data” issued by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Examples of reasonably necessary business purposes include but are not limited to when such disclosure is necessary (a) to comply with law, regulation, or court order; (b) to enable Ava to provide service to its customers; (c) to collect unpaid bills; (d) to obtain and provide credit reporting information; (e) to resolve customer disputes or inquiries; (f) to communicate about demand response, energy efficiency, energy management, and conservation programs; or (g) in a situation of imminent threat to life or property. Ava shall not, under any circumstance, disclose customer information for third-party telemarketing, e-mail, or direct mail solicitation. Aggregated data that cannot be traced to specific customers may be released at Ava’s discretion.
Customer data, including individual customer names, addresses, and electric energy usage data, is collected via PG&E’s metering systems. Ava may share customer data with contractors and vendors for purposes of providing services and operating programs. Contractors and vendors are required to agree to only use customer data for program operational purposes and protect it under the same standards as Ava. Ava maintains customer-specific energy usage and billing information for only as long as is reasonably necessary, typically not more than five years unless otherwise required by law or regulation.
The effective date of this policy is January 1, 2017. Notice of this policy will be provided annually to customers via an on-bill message guiding customers to the most updated version on Ava’s website at www.AvaEnergy.org. Any changes to this policy between notification periods will be communicated on Ava’s website. Previous versions of this policy can be requested via email at info@AvaEnergy.org or by mailed request to the address below.
Customers having any questions or concerns regarding the collection, storage, use, or distribution of customer information, or who wish to view, inquire about, or dispute any customer information held by Ava or limit the collection, use, or disclosure of such information, may contact the Director of Account Services using the following options:
Phone: +1 833.699.3223
Mail: Ava Community Energy, Attention: Customer Confidentiality, 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 2300, Oakland, CA 94612