The European Smart Metering Industry Group (ESMIG) is the European industry association representing the leading companies in the European smart metering market. Since its operations began in mid-2008 at its headquarters in Brussels, the group’s membership has nearly doubled, now comprising 27 companies covering the entire value chain from meter manufacturing, software, installation, consulting, communications to data management and system integration.

ESMIG provides expertise and advice on smart metering technologies at a European and, if necessary, national level and cooperates with relevant stakeholders and partners, such as CEN, CENELEC, ETSI, KNX, the DLMS User Association, OPENmeter and ZigBee Alliance. ESMIG’s objective is to assist in the development of national and Europeanwide introduction, rollout and management of smart metering solutions.

ESMIG and its members are committed to open and interoperable standards and thus since early 2009, ESMIG has been actively involved in the activities of the European Smart Metering Coordination Group (SMCG) under the auspices of CEN, CENELEC and ETSI.

The SMCG includes all major European stakeholders, including representatives from utilities, the smart meter industry, consumers, regulators, standardisation initiatives, and the chairmen of the relevant Technical Committees in European Standardisation.

The SMCG was set up to execute the European standardisation mandate 441 to adopt standards for smart metering technologies, protocols and use cases and thus relies to a large extent on expert knowledge. The work programme is very ambitious, as it aims to establish an open communication architecture/ protocols for smart metering within a nine-month deadline and to look at functionalities and use cases of further applications (value added services based on smart metering) within a thirtymonth deadline.

Currently the SMCG ad hoc working group on communications is chaired by Ralf Hoffmann (Görlitz), also chairman of ESMIG’s Communications Technology Group.

Another important area of activity for ESMIG is to represent industry’s interests to European decision makers. In this context ESMIG successfully advocated the inclusion of smart metering provisions in the new so-called “3rd Energy Package,” which entered into force on 3 September 2009. The package includes the Electricity and Gas Directives, which require EU member states to “ensure the implementation of intelligent metering systems.” The Electricity Directive also foresees full deployment by 2022 at the latest, with 80% of consumers equipped with smart metering systems by 2020.

For further information please contact Dr Howard Porter, Managing Director, ESMIG, or Klaus-Dieter Axt, Operations Director, ESMIG, email secretariat@esmig.eu

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