Smart Energy is the world’s leading standard for interoperable products that monitor, control, inform, and automate the delivery and usage of energy, water and gas.

Smart Energy Technolgoy Stacks

Why Smart Energy

This standard supports the diverse needs of a global ecosystem of utilities, product manufacturers and regulators as they plan to meet future energy, water and gas needs. It helps create greener homes by giving consumers the information and automation needed to easily reduce their consumption and save money, too.

All Zigbee Smart Energy products are Zigbee Certified to perform regardless of manufacturer, allowing utilities and consumers to purchase with confidence. Every product needed to implement a robust Zigbee Smart Energy home area network (HAN) is available. These products make it easy for utilities and governments to deploy smart grid solutions that are secure, easy to install and consumer-friendly.

Companies Using Smart Energy

Some of the world’s leading utilities, energy service providers, product manufacturers and technology companies are supporting the development of Smart Energy by the Zigbee Alliance. Take a look at the active deployment around the globe:

AvanGrid (New York)
BC Hydro (Vancouver, BC)
CenterPoint Energy (Texas)
Consumers Energy (Michigan)
Detroit Edison (Michigan)
Duke Energy (North Carolina, South Carolina)
Duquesne Light (Pennsylvania)
Fortis BC (Vancouver, BC)
National Grid (Massachusetts)
Pacific Gas & Electric (California)
Tampa Electric (Florida)
San Diego Gas & Electric (California)
Smart Meter Texas (Texas)
Southern California Edison (California)

Benefits of Smart Energy

Metering support

  • Meter swap-outs
  • Multiple commodities including electric, gas, water, and thermal
  • Multiple units of measure for international support
  • Battery or mains powered
  • Multiple measurement types such as load profile, power factor, summation, demand, and tiers
  • Real-time information
  • Historical information (previous day, today, etc.)
  • Status indicators including tampering
  • Ability to record both generation (delivered) and consumption (received)
Demand response and load control

  • Home, building, industrial, retail, health, and more
  • Scheduling of multiple events
  • Built-in support for customer override
  • Ability to individually or simultaneously target specific groups of devices including HVACs, water heaters, lighting, electric vehicles, and generation systems
  • Multiple control methods including temperature set points and offsets, criticality levels (such as emergency signals) and duty cycling
  • Ability to randomize start and end times to avoid spikes


  • Block tariff (inclining/declining rates)
  • Prepayment
  • Multiple commodities including electric, gas, water, and thermal
  • Support for price ratios/price tiers
  • Multiple units of measure for international support
  • Multiple currencies for international support (using ISO 4217)
  • Unregistered devices allowed to request and receive pricing information
  • Support for multiple providers and rates in a single location
  • Support for separate generated (delivered) and consumed (received) prices

Text messaging

  • Scheduling/canceling of messages
  • Ability to request message confirmation
  • Multiple urgency levels
  • Optional message duration for short-lived messages
  • Support for multiple international character sets


  • Support for consumer-only, utility-only or shared networks
  • Automatic, secure network registration using either pre-installed keys or standard public-key cryptography methods
  • Support for ECC public key infrastructure for authentication and mobility
  • Network and application data encryption


  • Tunneling of geographic-specific manufacturer specific protocols
  • Over-the-air updates
  • Backwards compatible with Zigbee Smart Energy version 1.0 Zigbee Certified products
  • Time Synchronization provided by the Energy Service Interface
  • Designed for easy upgrade and adaptability within version 1.x

Example Device Types

  • Meter-integrated or standalone energy service portals
  • In-premise displays including low-cost, standalone devices such as refrigerator magnets and energy orbs
  • Programmable communicating thermostats (PCT)
  • Generic load control devices for appliances such as water heaters, lights and pool pumps
  • Smart appliances
  • Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
  • Energy management systems
  • Range extender

Stakeholder Benefits 

Utilities OEMs End Users
End Users
Affordable Open standard supports a competitive marketplace of multiple platform and product vendors, which lowers energy cost.
Easy to use Standard technology, certified interoperability, global 2.4GHz spectrum eases adoption and customer service. Standardized technology provides fast access to new markets, and a reduced product research and development cycle. Wireless technology eliminates cost and hassle of running wires. Certified interoperability, global 2.4GHz spectrum, and sub-GHz support simplify installation and operation. Automatic features simplify use.
Reduces Energy  Consumption Improves energy availability and reliability.

Eases regulatory compliance.

Lowers customers’ cost to operate. Dynamic usage information drives decisions to conserve. Eases compliance with conservation programs.
Reduces Environmental Impact Eases regulatory compliance.

Increased efficiency reduces need for additional generation capacity.

Eases regulatory compliance.

Allows entry into markets with regulatory requirements.

Reduces impact on environment.

Iproves emissions “footprint.”

Reduces impact on environment.

Eases compliance with emission standards


The Zigbee Alliance is the foundation and future of the IoT. Established in 2002, our wide-ranging global membership collaborates to create and evolve universal open standards for the products transforming the way we live, work, and play. With our members’ deep and diverse expertise, robust certification programs, and a full suite of open IoT solutions, we are leading the movement toward a more intuitive, imaginative, and useful world.