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Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 712376, 16 pages
Review Article

Power Line Communications for Smart Grid Applications

1Kenus Informática, Paterna, Valencia, Spain
2European Technology Center (EuTEC), Sony Deutschland GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany
3Department of Telecommunications and Systems Engineering, Universitat Autónoma of Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain

Received 3 August 2012; Accepted 29 December 2012

Academic Editor: Ahmed Zeddam

Copyright © 2013 Lars Torsten Berger et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Power line communication, that is, using the electricity infrastructure for data transmission, is experiencing a renaissance in the context of Smart Grid. Smart Grid objectives include the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources into the electricity supply chain, securing reliable electricity delivery, and using the existing electrical infrastructure more efficiently. This paper surveys power line communications (PLCs) in the context of Smart Grid. The specifications G3-PLC, PRIME, HomePlug Green PHY, and HomePlug AV2, and the standards IEEE 1901/1901.2 and ITU-T are discussed.