Beaverton, OR, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 22, 2011 - The HomeGrid Forum and ZigBee Alliance have announced a new liaison agreement to extend their collaboration on the ZigBee Smart Energy™ standard development, which will pave the way for consumers and utilities to use ZigBee Smart Energy version 2.0 wireless or wired networks to further advance smart grid programs.

The organizations will collaborate on ensuring ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 and HomeGrid Forum's ITU-T G.hn and G.hnem standards can be utilized in a wide variety of smart grid usage models. When finalized, applications such as advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), demand response, plug-in electric vehicles and other smart grid application/service that needs a reliable home area network (HAN) or distribution/access network will benefit.

“ZigBee Smart Energy is a leading home area network and AMI standard that helps consumers gain greater control of their energy use,” said Bob Heile, chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “Working with HomeGrid will give energy service providers, utilities and consumers another wired choice when implementing either wired or wireless home area networks or utility links to smart meters.”

“HomeGrid Forum has teamed with ZigBee to help create a greater choice of networking technologies that could be used for smart grid applications in the home and for utility links to smart meters,” added Matt Theall, president of the HomeGrid Forum. “Through the inclusion of G.hn's high speed data networking and G.hnem's lower speed smart energy applications, network designers, appliance manufacturers and consumers have the tools available to build robust, 'service anywhere' networks.”