Smart Grids


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.

Past European Mandate on Smart Grids (M490), EC SGTF and CG-SEG

The past Standardization Mandate (M490) on standards for Smart Grids is available here.

The objective of this mandate was 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 aimed to achieve interoperability and to enable or facilitate the implementation in Europe of the different high level Smart Grid services and functionalities that aimed to be flexible enough to accommodate future developments.

In July 2011, in response to the mandate the CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Joint Working Group (JWG) has been transformed into the CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG) that was the focal point for the standards development for M/490.

SG-CG is now CG-SEG: since end 2016, the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Smart Energy Grid Coordination Group (CG-SEG) is the focal point and continue to cooperate with EC Smart Grids Task Force (EC SGTF) that include Experts Groups:

Expert Group 1 – Smart grid standards
Expert Group 2 – Regulatory recommendations for privacy, data protection and cyber-security in the smart grid environment
Expert Group 3 – Regulatory recommendations for smart grid deployment
Expert Group 4 – Smart grid infrastructure deployment
Expert Group 5 – Implementation of smart grid industrial policy

Our Role & Activities

Our Smart Machine-to-Machine communications Technical Committee (TC SmartM2M) actively supports the oneM2M global initiative, especially in relation to European Commission (EC) driven activities, bridging the EC’s needs in the M2M/IoT area and the technical work in oneM2M and other ETSI activities.

TC SmartM2M focus is on an application-independent ‘horizontal’ service platform with architecture capable of supporting a very wide range of services including Smart Metering, Smart Grids, eHealth, city automation (Smart Cities), consumer applications, car automation and smart appliances.

Smart Appliances have been specified on request of EC DG Connect. The Smart Appliances specifications are based on the oneM2M communication framework complemented with Smart Appliance REFerence (SAREF) ontology. SAREF work has contributed to the foundations of the base ontology of oneM2M Release 2.

TC SmartM2M developed Smart Appliances' Reference Ontology and oneM2M Mapping standards and Smart Appliance testing standards. For Smart Appliances SAREF extension investigation in the energy domain, direct inputs from EEBus and Energy@home have been included in TC SmartM2M developments where Energy, Environment and Building sectors are now part of normative work.

CG-SEG lead and other ETSI Groups involved in Smart Grids

ETSI Smart Machine-to-Machine communications Technical Committee (TC SmartM2M) has been named by the ETSI Operational Coordination Group (OCG) as the lead ETSI Technical Body/TB for the coordination of ETSI's responses to the EC mandate on Smart Grids (M/490) and is now the main ETSI entry point of ETSI participation in CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Smart Energy Grid Coordination Group (CG-SEG) with other ETSI TBs that indicated their interest to respond to the mandate M490 on smart grids and to take part in CG-SEG:

  • 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.
TS 103 264 SmartM2M; Smart Appliances; Reference Ontology and oneM2M Mapping
TR 103 411 SmartM2M; Smart Appliances; SAREF extension investigation
TS 103 410-1 SmartM2M; Smart Appliances Extension to SAREF; Part 1: Energy Domain
TS 103 410-2 SmartM2M; Smart Appliances Extension to SAREF; Part 2: Environment Domain
TS 103 410-3 SmartM2M; Smart Appliances Extension to SAREF; Part 3: Building Domain
TS 104 001 Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP); Smart Metering/Smart Grid Communication Protocol
TS 103 424 Publicly Available Specification (PAS); Smart Machine-to-Machine communications (SmartM2M) Home Gateway Initiative RD036-Smart Home architecture and system requirements
TS 103 425 Publicly Available Specification (PAS); Smart Machine-to-Machine communications (SmartM2M) Home Gateway Initiative RD039-Requirements for Wireless Home Area Networks (WHANs) Supporting Smart Home Services
TS 103 426 Publicly Available Specification (PAS); Smart Machine-to-Machine communications (SmartM2M) Home Gateway Initiative RD048-HG Requirements For HGI Open Platform 2.1
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