Smart Grids


Smart Grid Overview

Extract of CEN-CENELEC-ETSI JWG report on standards for smart grids

Europe is committed to the 20-20-20 targets to reduce carbon emissions and to secure the energy supply. Energy efficiency and renewable energy are seen as key to reach this goal. Both measures call for changes in our energy supply system leading to smart grids as key enablers for the required innovation. To promote this transformation the European Commission has taken a number of actions including the mandate M490 on Smart Grid Standardization.

Smart Grid Definition

Extract of EC Task force for Smart Grids EG1 final report

A Smart Grid is an electricity network that can cost efficiently integrate the behaviour and actions of all users connected to it – generators, consumers and those that do both – in order to ensure economically efficient, sustainable power system with low losses and high levels of quality and security of supply and safety.
Though elements of smartness also exist in many parts of existing grids, the difference between a today's grid and a smart grid of the future is mainly the grid's capability to handle more complexity than today in an efficient and effective way.

European Mandate on Smart Grids (M490)

The Standardization Mandate on standards for smart grids is available here.

The objective of this mandate is to develop or update a set of consistent standards within a common European framework that integrates a variety of digital computing and communication technologies and electrical architectures, and associated processes and services, that will achieve interoperability and will enable or facilitate the implementation in Europe of the different high level Smart Grid services and functionalities as defined by the Smart Grid Task Force that will be flexible enough to accommodate future developments.

European Standards for Smart Grids

Standardization of smart grids is not "business as usual". The huge number of stakeholders, the necessary speed, the many international activities and the still changing solutions make it a difficult task for the European Standardization Organizations (ESO).

The three ESOs created a Joint Working Group (JWG), which produced a report that outlines Europe's standardization views in the area of smart grids, taking due account of existing global activities. 

A summary of the report is available from this website which outlines the recommendations for smart grid standardization in Europe.

In response to the mandate the Joint Working Group (JWG) has been transformed into the Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG) that will be the focal point for the standards development for M/490.

Our Role & Activities

TC SmartM2M

TC SmartM2M (Machine to Machine) has been named by the ETSI OCG as the lead ETSI TB for the coordination of ETSI's responses to the EC mandate on Smart Grids (M/490).

TC SmartM2M have opened a work item (DTR/M2M-00011 / TR 102 935) to study the impacts of Smart Grids on the M2M platform. It is expected to be published in early 2012.

Other groups have indicated their interest to respond to the mandate M490 on smart grids include:

  • ATTM
  • ERM
  • PLT
  • SCP
  • MSG

The ISG OSG (Open Smart Grid Protocol) - now closed - has contributed to the work on Smart Grids in ETSI.


The following is a list of the latest published ETSI standards relative to Smart Grids. It includes some of the standards dedicated to ETSI's Smart Grid activity.

A full list of related standards in the public domain is accessible via the ETSI standards search. Via this interface you can also subscribe for alerts on updates of ETSI standards.

For work in progress see the ETSI Work Programme on the Portal.

Standard No. Standard title.
TR 103 376 SmartM2M; IoT LSP use cases and standards gaps
TR 103 375 SmartM2M; IoT Standards landscape and future evolutions
TR 118 522 oneM2M; Continuation & integration of HGI Smart Home activities (oneM2M TR-0022 version 2.0.0)
TS 103 267 SmartM2M; Smart Appliances; Communication Framework
TS 103 264 SmartM2M; Smart Appliances; Reference Ontology and oneM2M Mapping
TR 103 118 Machine-to-Machine communications (M2M); Smart Energy Infrastructures security; Review of existing security measures and convergence investigations
TS 103 901 PowerLine Telecommunications (PLT); Coexistence of Narrow Band PLT technologies operating in the frequency bands 3kHz to 95 kHz, 95 kHz to 125 kHz and 125 kHz to 140 kHz; [IEEE Std 1901.2TM - 2013, IEEE Standard for Low-Frequency (less than 500 kHz) Narrowband Power Line Communications for Smart grid Applications, Section 10 Coexistence]
TR 103 290 Machine-to-Machine communications (M2M); Impact of Smart City Activity on IoT Environment
TS 103 315 SmartM2M; Machine-to-Machine communications (M2M); Interoperability Test Specification for ETSI M2M Primitives
TR 103 240 Powerline Telecommunications (PLT); Powerline communication recommendations for smart metering and home automation
TR 102 935 Machine-to-Machine communications (M2M); Applicability of M2M architecture to Smart Grid Networks; Impact of Smart Grids on M2M platform
GS OSG 001 Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP)
TS 103 908 PowerLine Telecommunications (PLT); BPSK Narrow Band Power Line Channel for Smart Metering Applications [CEN EN 14908-3:2006, modified]
TR 102 691 Machine-to-Machine communications (M2M); Smart Metering Use Cases