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ETSI Publishes Two Open Smart Grid Protocol for Grid Technologies

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January 23, 2012

ETSI Publishes Two Open Smart Grid Protocol for Grid Technologies

By Meenakshi Shankar
TMCnet Contributor

ETSI (News - Alert), a producer of standards for Information and Communications Technologies, approved two new Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) specifications from ESNA.

Standards-based smart grid devices and systems can monitor and save energy, lower costs, improve productivity, enhance service, quality, safety, and convenience, and help in the transformation to a more energy efficient future and smarter electricity grid.

Energy Services Network Association (ESNA) is an independent global association composed of utilities, manufacturers, and integrators focused in promoting the adoption of the OSGP and related services and infrastructure, based on Networked Energy Services.

“As the effects of globalization permeate further and accelerate, ETSI is providing businesses and the industry with efficient solutions for accessing and developing new and established world markets via standardization,” Luis Jorge Romero, director general of ETSI said in a press release.

As indicated, the two OSGP specifications from ESNA are Group specification GS OSG 001: Open Smart Grid Protocol. Produced by the ETSI Open Smart Grid Industry Specification Group, this application layer protocol can be used with multiple communication media.

Technical specification TS 103 908: Powerline Telecommunications; BPSK Narrow Band Power Line Channel for Smart Metering Applications. This specification defines a high-performance narrow band powerline channel for control networking in the smart grid that can be used with multiple smart grid devices. It was produced by the ETSI Technical Committee for Powerline Telecommunications.

“Industry's involvement in standards development is critical as standards contribute to innovation, enable interoperability, provide investment security to clients and contribute to fostering global markets, and moreover provide choice and investment security for our customers,” said Bastian Fischer, VP of Industry Strategy Utilities Global Business Unit at Oracle (News - Alert), ESNA board member and vice-chairman of the ETSI OSG Industry Specification Group.

ETSI is of the opinion that as the smart grid evolves, grid-aware systems and devices are becoming commonplace for utilities to reduce power usage intelligently. It gives commercial, industrial and municipal users reduced rates in exchange for lower consumption and also increased grid reliability and the use of renewable energy sources.

ETSI also emphasized the fact that automated demand response, peak load management, and other programs can mean significant cost savings for commercial and residential customers. This fact highlights the critical necessity for vendors to work together through open standards to increase the market for compatible products and technologies.

“ESNA has been very active during the past year in the various Smart Metering and Smart Grid standardization activities across Europe as well as the rest of the world. We are honored to share this latest achievement with OSGP being recognized by ETSI, and we anticipate sharing more milestones reached with other leading standards organizations in the coming year,” Bo Danielsen, president of ESNA and head of Smart Grid Projects at SEAS-NVE, commented.

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Meenakshi Shankar is a TMCnet contributor. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

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