ESNA To Publish and Maintain Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP)

  • Posted on: 22 September 2010
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

ESNAThe Energy Services Network Association (ESNA) announced today that they are going to publish, maintain and certify devices compatible with the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP). “By publishing OSGP as an open standard” said ESNA “it will enable independent implementation of interoperable smart meters and other smart grid devices. Utilities will have the autonomy to buy best of breed products and avoid vender lock in.

The implementation of smart meter and home energy management products, like home automation kits are growing trends in the utility sector and those creating smart homes.  These devices provide real-time information for customers to see how their life style is affecting their utility cost and suppliers can get information on how energy is being used so they can make inform decision.

The Open Standard Grid Protocol is built on open ISO/IEC and IEEE standards OSGP adds additional security and reliability services necessary to properly network and manage devices in the smart grid. With millions of devices deployed worldwide, OSGP brings field-proven reliability and scalability to the smart grid.

According to Gordon Pedersen, President of ESNA the "Standards will speed the development and deployment of the smart grid.  The smart grid is about more than just smart meters, it is smart meters, smart sensors, smart switchgear and other smart equipment working together to make the grid more reliable, robust, and efficient.”

“OSGP fills a void in the market by bringing an open, field-proven, standard that addresses the needs of a broad range of smart grid devices, and not just smart meters. Working with our members and partners, ESNA looks forward to formalizing and publishing OSGP as a European and international standard for smart grid communications to benefit utilities, their customers, and suppliers," added Gordon.