Amsterdam, The Netherlands --- (METERING.COM) --- October 3, 2012 - Two initiatives to promote interoperability and drive adoption of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) as a standard for smart meters and smart grid devices have been announced by the Energy Services Network Association (ESNA), an association of utilities, developers, and integrators that promote open standards for the smart grid.
 
OSGP is a family of specifications published by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). OSGP, ETSI GS OSG 001, is a relatively new but widely used specification for smart meter and smart grid devices, with over 3.5 million OSGP based smart meters and devices deployed worldwide. OSGP is a very efficient data representation and interchange protocol that delivers high effective throughput on narrowband powerline communications (PLC) and other links.

ESNA has partnered with Gurux, a leader in device communications protocols for the smart grid, to provide utilities the ability to access OSGP-based smart meters using the widely used DLMS/COSEM application data model using IEC 62056 parts 47, 53, 61, and 62. Interoperability with DLMS/COSEM provides utilities the ability to choose a common data model for smart meters to lower IT integration costs while benefiting from the proven efficiency, reliability, and scalability of OSGP at the device networking layer for both smart meters and other smart grid devices.
 
ESNA has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability to offer OSGP conformance and interoperability test services. The establishment of this cooperation provides vendors third party validation of their OSGP implementations that can complement their internal test efforts.

Demonstrations and discussion on OSGP will be offered by ESNA at Metering, Billing/CRM Europe 2012 in Amsterdam, October 9-11.