ESNA: Making standards available to grow the ecosystem.
ESNA; Energy Services Network Association is an independent
global, not-for-profit association under Dutch law. Members share the same goal
and vision and are utilities, software, hardware and service providers, and
The association promotes the adoption of open Smart Metering
and Smart Grid architecture, services and infrastructure, based on Network
Energy Services (NES), together with the value added applications for secure,
reliable and cost-effective automatic meter management, smart grid management,
billing, CRM and CIS etc.
Utilities, Grid owners, Distribution Network Service
Operators (DSO), System integrators, Installers, Application designers, IT
companies as well as Hardware manufacturers and Consultants take part in the
ESNA community. ESNA is actively involved in promoting the standardization of smart
grid, smart metering and smart energy management by publishing the standards,
protocols on which the system is based and maintaining them. The standards are
made available on a royalty free basis.
ESNA’s objective is to promote the application of advanced
energy management systems, including AMR/AMM, based on the NES AMI architecture,
the associated open standards; Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and NTA 8150, and its
value added services in order to build and expand the interoperability standard
for utility networks. The NES System is based on the multi-vendor Open Smart
Grid Protocol (OSGP) and NTA 8150, and ESNA supports the market acceptance,
standardisation, and certification of these standards. OSGP has become a de
facto standard for smart meters and smart grid infrastructure communications
with more than three million meters already installed.OSGP provides secure, scalable control
networking services for any device connected to the low voltage power grid.
ESNA promotes the change in perspective of the current
metering business, from selling isolated units, into offering interoperable
smart meter management systems as an embedded element in the total value chain
of energy sales and distribution. In addition, AMM, based on NES AMI
architecture, offers added value in achieving the political objectives such as;
saving energy and reducing CO2 blast and ensuring stability of the grid. Last
but not least it will also contribute to more consumer satisfaction, in
supporting a better understanding of energy consumption and as basis for a
competitive energy purchase.
In combination with other metering events, ESNA organises
various conferences and workshops to share the technical security aspects and
the NES smart grid value chain, which goes far beyond metering and invoicing
only. Also as a quality label the ESNA organises training sessions for future
NES hosting companies and their potential NES-AMI managers, as well as
obligatory audits and certification procedures to keep them up to date.
For our members, ESNA is the platform to increase their
common knowledge by exchanging experiences about the NES AMI and Smart Grid technology.
Not only technical, implementation and communication aspects associated with
the rollout but also on specification and business opportunities as well. For
our community we organise seminars and workshops to inform representatives of
our member companies in detail on technical and economical aspects of the NES
architecture. In addition to these workshops, we organise seminars to share the
in-depth knowledge at all levels encountered during the realisation of
projects, to make the overall system mature, reliable and very cost-effective.
In addition to this dissemination of information and
knowledge, ESNA represents its members by being active in standardisation
activities across Europe and the rest of the world to promote the use of open
interoperable standards for the Smart Grid and Smart Metering. ESNA members are
participants in standards organisations including CENELEC, ETSI, IEC, ISO, BSI
and IEEE as well as standardisation efforts like Mandate 441, Mandate 490, the
Smart Grid Task Force, and the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). In
addition to ESNA’s activity in the various standard committees and task forces,
ESNA proactively responds to numerous public consultations from government and
industry organisations in support of the goals and objectives of its members.
For more information, contact the secretary general, Harry
Tel: +31 (0)24 388 0747Mob: +31 (0)6 53 22 53 82
Fax: +31 (0)24 388 0 748