February 3, 2009

EPRI Collaborates With ZigBee(R) and HomePlug(R) to Define Smart Energy Standard for Consumer Applications

SAN RAMON, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The ZigBee(R) Alliance and the
HomePlug(R) 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

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, http://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,
.; 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: http://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 http://www.HomePlug.org.

SOURCE ZigBee Alliance