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International Telecommunications Union Approves Worldwide SmartGrid Standards

The ITU has approved two worldwide SmartGrid recommended standards – G.9955 and G.9956 – regarding next generation narrowband powerline communications (NB-PLC) that are intended to kick-start the market.

On Dec. 21, 2011, the ITU ratified a family of international NB-PLC standards that will enable cost-effective SmartGrid applications, such as distribution automation, diagnostic and fault location, smart metering, demand response, energy management, smart appliances, grid-to-home communications and advanced recharging systems for electric vehicles.