Technical work

ESMIG is currently active in the following European initiatives:

Coordination Group on Smart Grids (CG-SG)

ESMIG has supported the CG-SG in defining and developing the following areas for smart metering:

  • A functional architecture
  • Use cases for smart metering
  • Minimum security requirements
  • A European approach for security certification for smart meters.

See the following publications for more details:

Smart Energy Expert Group (SEEG) and related Expert Groups

ESMIG supports the working groups of the SEEG:

  • EG2: Regulatory Recommendations for Data Privacy and Data Protection in the Smart Grid Environment
  • EG3: Regulatory Recommendations for Demand Side Flexibility Deployment

And also supports the joint working group of ENTSO-E and the DSO Entity on developing Implementing Acts for data access procedures. 


An essential requirement for the successful deployment of smart metering is the standardisation of system interfaces. Manufacturers and users need to co-operate to enable the effective integration of each individual component. ESMIG’s standardisation work supports the introduction of European standards into each and every member state and thus help to avoid ”go it alone” solutions. Furthermore, the aim is to establish standardised communication protocols and interoperable systems that can be used across national borders, regardless of restrictions. ESMIG members are, among others, involved in international standardisation committees such as: 

  • CEN (European Committee for Standardisation)
  • CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation) 
  • ETSI (The European Telecommunications Standards Institute) 
  • IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) 


ETIP-SNET (European Technology and Innovation Platform on Smart Networks for Energy Transition), was created in July 2016 to work on the Research and Innovation program of the European Commission. ESMIG has been an active member for many years and is currently represented by Markus Bechmann, Global Vice-President Innovation and New Business Models, Industry and Business Unit Utilities, at SAP,  in the Governing Board. 

Working Group Measuring Instruments (wgMI)

ESMIG is one of the industry associations represented in this group. Proposals for changes in the Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) are reviewed by ESMIG’s Multi Utility Metering Working Group and its comments are taken into account and discussed by the wgMI.

Stakeholders for Cybersecurity Certification Group (SCCG)

ESMIG participates in the SCCG, established by the Cybersecurity Act in 2019 to advise the European Commission and ENISA (the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity) on strategic issues regarding cybersecurity certification, and assist the Commission in the preparation of the European Union’s evolving work programme.