Santa Clara, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 31, 2011 - The Consortium for SEP 2 Interoperability has been formalized in an agreement between the HomePlug Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance and ZigBee Alliance, which defines the structure for the Consortium as it develops an interoperability testing suite.

The Consortium is focused on accelerating the market availability of interoperable Smart Energy Profile 2 (SEP 2) products and will provide the smart grid ecosystem confidence in application and device interoperability.

The Consortium will create and maintain a comprehensive test and certification test suite to validate interoperability for a variety of wired or wireless devices. Products to be certified as a result of the Consortium’s work are expected to include thermostats, appliances, electric meters, gateways, electric vehicles, among other smart grid devices.

“Product interoperability is essential to the realization of the smart grid,” said Consortium chairman Edgar Figueroa. “The Consortium will work to enable interoperability validation across the diverse smart grid ecosystem.”

Membership of the Consortium is open to eligible organizations with a business interest in SEP 2.