An open standard protocol for networking of energy meters under the simple network-management protocol (SNMP) environment is proposed. Since the SNMP is quite popular for network enabling of uninterruptible power supplies, the necessary support hardware and software already exist. Hence, migrating energy meter connectivity to the transfer control protocol/Internet protocol-based SNMP would be an easy task. A sample network is created under the LabVIEW virtual instrumentation environment and studied to validate the proposed open standard protocol for networking of energy meters. © 2008 IEEE.