Portland and Beaverton, OR, Austin, TX, and San Ramon, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 16, 2011 - The HomePlug Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance, HomeGrid Forum and ZigBee Alliance have agreed to create a Consortium for Smart Energy Profile (SEP) 2 Interoperability.

The new consortium will enable organizations whose technologies support communications over Internet Protocol (IP) to certify SEP 2 according to a consistent test plan.

The joint certification and test program will be used to certify wireless and wired devices that support IP-based smart energy applications and end user devices such as thermostats, appliances and gateways. It will address devices operating on one or more of a variety of underlying connectivity technologies and provide the smart energy ecosystem – including utilities, product vendors and consumers – assurances of application and device interoperability.

SEP 2 was selected in 2009 by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a standard profile for smart energy management in home devices.

The Consortium intends to utilize the processes and best practices recommended by the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) for smart grid testing and certification programs.

The Consortium also invites participation from other trade associations in communications technology that have an interest in developing an interoperable smart grid.