Echelon Corporation has joined the European Smart Metering Industry Group. ESMIG is a resource for European Union member states, regulators, consumers, utilities and others involved in the European smart meter market and related communications.
The European Commission will consider establishing new initiatives on smart grids after hearing the initial findings of a task force organized in November 2009 mandated to develop recommendations for the EU executive. The areas to be covered include smart grid functionality and the need for standards, regulation on data safety and developing intelligent grids. The task force is due to report its first findings in June.