Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- April 1, 2011 - The European standardization organizations CEN, CENELEC and ETSI have been presented with a mandate by the European Commission (EC) to produce standards to support the region’s smart grid deployment.

The objective of the mandate is to develop or update a set of consistent standards within a common European framework that will achieve interoperability and will enable or facilitate the implementation of the different high level smart grid services and functionalities.

In particular the expected framework will consist of the following:

  • A technical reference architecture, which will represent the functional information data flows between the main domains and integrate many systems and subsystems architectures.
  • A set of consistent standards, which will support the information exchange (communication protocols and data models) and the integration of all users into the electric system operation.
  • Sustainable standardization processes and collaborative tools to enable stakeholder interactions, to improve the two above and adapt them to new requirements based on gap analysis, while ensuring the fit to high level system constraints such as interoperability, security, and privacy, etc.

Building, industry, appliances and home automation are not covered in the mandate, although their interfaces with the smart grid and related services do have to be treated.

The framework also should answer the technical and organizational needs for sustainable “state of the art” smart grid information security and data protection and privacy.

Further, it must allow for differences between different utility markets and regulations.

The mandate was issued on March 1. Once accepted, a development prioritization of all the required standards must be presented within two months, and a comprehensive work plan must be proposed within six months. Then the reference architecture and a first set of standards (including newly delivered technical specifications) must be available by the end of 2012.