EPRI Collaborates with ZigBee and HomePlug to Define Smart Energy Standard for Consumer Applications

Groups are Working Together to Develop Common Language for Smart Energy Devices in the Home

San Ramon, Calif. - February 3, 2009 - The ZigBee® Alliance and the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance announced today that the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is now collaborating with them to develop a common language for home area network (HAN) devices to utilize advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). The groups will work in cooperation with the many utilities already supporting ZigBee Smart Energy and will look for ways to further expand the Smart Grid by creating a standard communication approach between AMI systems and HANs, as well as a common set of certification procedures.

EPRI joins the ZigBee and HomePlug initiative led by several leading utilities with the goal to create a unified AMI and HAN solution. Development efforts of the initiative will center on expanding the ZigBee Smart Energy public application profile. The initiative will enhance the capabilities of Smart Energy to incorporate new features, support ZigBee wireless and HomePlug wired devices, and accelerate the development and certification of HAN devices capable of plugging into the Smart Grid such as thermostats, pool pumps, water heaters, appliances and plug-in vehicles.

"There are a number of ways that EPRI can contribute to this effort," said Arshad Mansoor, vice president of power delivery and utilization for EPRI. "Using our collaborative model, we have the ability to bring multiple perspectives outside the alliance to create a broader consensus for establishing standards."

"EPRI's involvement in this effort will focus resources and bring together a strong coalition whose work to establish the standard for Smart Energy HAN devices will accelerate the deployment of the Smart Grid," said Bob Heile, ZigBee Alliance chairman. "EPRI is highly regarded and working with its staff will make the Smart Energy information model more robust."

"We're delighted to have EPRI involved in this smart energy initiative," said Rob Ranck, HomePlug Alliance president. "EPRI brings both U.S. and global insight to our focus on delivering the best technology to meet the needs of consumers and power utilities."

ZigBee Smart Energy - The Standard for Energy Management and Efficiency
ZigBee Smart Energy enables wireless communication between utility companies and common household devices such as smart thermostats and appliances. It improves energy efficiency by allowing consumers to choose interoperable products from different manufacturers giving them the means to manage their energy consumption more precisely using automation and near real-time information. It also helps utility companies implement new advanced metering and demand response programs to drive greater energy management and efficiency, while responding to changing government requirements.
About EPRI
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, health, safety and the environment. EPRI's members represent more than 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to 40 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.

About ZigBee: Control your world
ZigBee is the global wireless language connecting dramatically different devices to work together and enhance everyday life. The ZigBee Alliance is a non-profit association of more than 300 member companies driving development of ZigBee wireless technology. The Alliance promotes world-wide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in energy, home, commercial and industrial areas. For more information, visit: www.ZigBee.org.

About the HomePlug Powerline Alliance
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. is an industry-led initiative established to create specifications and certification logo programs for using the powerlines within homes for simple, reliable networking. The Alliance accelerates worldwide adoption for HomePlug technology through market development and user education programs. Membership in the Alliance has grown to include 70 companies. Sponsor members include Cisco (CSCO); Comcast (CMCSK); GE Energy, a business unit of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE); Intel Corporation (INTC); Motorola (MOT); Sharp Laboratories of America; and Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE:TXN) (TI). Additional information about the Alliance, including a complete listing of HomePlug certified products, is available at www.HomePlug.org.

Contacts:

Don Kintner
EPRI
dkintner@epri.com
+1 704-595-2006

Kevin Schader
ZigBee Alliance
kschader@inventures.com
+1 925-275-6672

Megan Novak
Ardell Group for HomePlug Powerline Alliance
megan@ardellgroup.com
+1 858-792-2939

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