Towards privacy protection in smart grid

Sherali Zeadally, Al Sakib Khan Pathan, Cristina Alcaraz, Mohamad Badra

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The smart grid is an electronically controlled electrical grid that connects power generation, transmission, distribution, and consumers using information communication technologies. One of the key characteristics of the smart grid is its support for bi-directional information flow between the consumer of electricity and the utility provider. This two-way interaction allows electricity to be generated in real-time based on consumers' demands and power requests. As a result, consumer privacy becomes an important concern when collecting energy usage data with the deployment and adoption of smart grid technologies. To protect such sensitive information it is imperative that privacy protection mechanisms be used to protect the privacy of smart grid users. We present an analysis of recently proposed smart grid privacy solutions and identify their strengths and weaknesses in terms of their implementation complexity, efficiency, robustness, and simplicity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-50
Number of pages28
JournalWireless Personal Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 2013

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Acknowledgements The authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their suggestions and feedback which helped us to improve the quality and presentation of this paper. Sherali Zeadally was partially supported by a District of Columbia NASA Space Grant and an NSF TIP grant (Award Number 1036293) during the course of this work.


  • Authentication
  • Confidentiality
  • Energy
  • Privacy
  • Smart grid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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