U.S. Commerce Department

Home Network Standard Key to NIST's SmartGrid Plan
October 4, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has approved the G.hn wired networking standard that will hook up to the proposed national "SmartGrid" energy management plan.  G.hn, a standard developed by the International Telecommunications Union for high-speed communications over electrical power lines, phone lines and coaxial cable, controls devices, not the electricity itself.  There are no specific proposals yet for implementation of G.hn devices, although the NIST seal of approval is expected to push manufacturers' production timetables.