PRIME Alliance held its first Utility to Utility User Group Conference

9th February 2015, Brussels: The PRIME Alliance held its first Utility to Utility User Group Conference hosted by Iberdrola and GNF in Madrid between the 21st and 22nd of January 2015. 

With a strong participation of attendees, Iberdrola, GNF, EDP and Energa-Operator exchanged in a very open and trusted manner their experiences in rolling out PRIME in different type of Grids and with different needs.

A rich set of presentations covering the network performances, challenges, architectures, applications and protocols were displayed and discussed in a very open and trusted manner.

Out of these real experiences, not only the key presenting power utilities managers are benefiting from each other and the roll out lessons learnt but also the attending utilities, which are not members of the PRIME Alliance, are able to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

As a result of this very encouraging first utility to utility user group conference, the attendees unanimously decided to repeat that experience for next year. EDP gently offered to the attendees to host next year conference in Lisbon and the details will be announced at a later date.

It is to underline that the PRIME Utility User Group conference is free and open to every utility that would like to attend it. No matter if the Utility is or a PRIME Alliance Member or not.

About PRIME Alliance

PRIME (PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution) Alliance AISBL was created in 2009 to define an open and future-proofed communications PLC-based infrastructure to support large scale smart metering and other smart grid deployments. The PRIME Alliance has attracted key industry players, including Sponsoring Members ZIV Distribution Automation Systems, Ormazabal and Sagemcom. The goal of the Alliance is to provide a framework in which the smart metering and smart grid industry have access to open detailed technical specifications in order to develop fully interoperable solutions, allowing multiple vendors to be operational within the same distribution network in one common system architecture. Detailed technical specs include Physical PHY layer and Medium Access Control MAC layer specifications.

The PRIME Alliance provides a forum for the definition, maintenance and support of an open and comprehensive standard for narrowband power line for Smart Grid products and services. The mission of the Alliance is to accelerate the demand for products and services based on this worldwide standard and promote the broad adoption and use of the specification while certifying multi-vendor interoperability and compatibility with the global standard.  The Alliance is open to all potential partners who agree to actively support and promote an open and public specification for the benefit of the end-user and all industry stakeholders. Visit for more information or to join the Alliance.

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