(Note: This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, the driving force for global powerline network technology, has announced the approval and publication of the HomePlug Green PHY (HomePlug GP) specification for Smart Grid applications. HomePlug GP is a low power, highly reliable, cost-optimized powerline networking specification targeting Smart Grid connectivity for home energy management to devices such as HVAC, smart meters, appliances and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles.
HomePlug GP was developed with direct input from major utility companies and appliance manufacturers including Consumers Energy, Duke Energy, GE, Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison. Their input was used to optimize the technology to meet the challenges and requirements for real-world smart energy deployments.
"Utility companies told us loud and clear their requirements in the areas of performance, reliability, coverage, price and footprint for a successful Smart Grid solution, and we listened," said Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. "Another key requirement was an interoperable powerline network and our technology roadmap ensures complete interoperability between current and next-generation HomePlug AV and IEEE 1901 technology, which gives customers confidence that devices will communicate now and into the future."
"HomePlug powerline network technology can play a key role meeting the reliability and interoperability requirements we have connecting meters, HVAC systems and other home devices to the emerging Smart Grid," said Wayne Longcore, Director of Architecture and Standards for Consumers Energy, a major Michigan utility. "HomePlug Green PHY enables smart grid devices to freely communicate with other devices on the home area network. We appreciate HomePlug's approach to crafting their technology to the utility industry's needs."
More information can be found at www.HomePlug.org