Smart meters and smart grid infrastructure have been deployed in many of the world’s electric distribution grids. They promise energy conservation, better grid management for utilities, electricity theft reduction, and a host of value-added services for consumers. To deliver on this promise, they need to collect granular electric usage data and make this available to the stakeholders who need it. This has created consumer privacy concerns which are being addressed with security and governance programs, like Microsoft Information Protection and Azure Purview, and with regulation by the government. The ability to protect and govern smart meter data is critical to addressing consumer privacy. It’s also critical to making the data available to realize the return on investment in terms of environment, safety, savings, and enhanced services to consumers.