The interests of the Technical Committee on Power Line Communications (TC-PLC) span all areas of communications over power lines, e.g., access, home networking, in-vehicle applications, utility applications, etc. The areas of interest to the Technical Committee are the analytical, theoretical, simulation, experimental, and practical aspects of digital communications over power lines. The Committee will organize events in the Power Line Communication area, endorse and organize conferences, contribute to the organization of technical events along ComSoc flagship conferences, and will promote the realization of special issues on leading journals and magazines. The Committee, working closely with IEEE-SA and other IEEE Societies, will also promote the development of IEEE Standards in the area of Power Line Communications.

Next events

Special Issue on Power Line Communication Technologies for Smart Grids in Sensors journal (Impact factor: 3.576) . Guest Editors: Dr. Fang Yang and Dr. Sicong Liu. Deadline: 20 August 30 November 2022, but accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted).

-IEEE ISPLC 2022 2023: Due to organizational issues, the IEEE International Symposium on Power Line Communications and its Applications (ISPLC) 2022, planned to be held in Manchester (UK) in autumn 2022, has been delayed to spring 2023 (March). Website:

-Postponed to 2023: 14th Workshop on Powerline Communications (WSPLC), Mannheim (Germany). Due to the COVID situation and the in person orientation of the event, the event is postponed to autumn 2023.

Short History

Nov 30, 2004: Inception of the IEEE Technical Subcommittee Broadband Over Power Lines
Nov 30, 2005: Upgrade to a fully fledged IEEE Technical Committee
Mar 27, 2006: Adopted Policies and Procedures
Mar 30, 2015: Updated Policies and Procedures
Nov 11, 2016: Updated Charter
May 27, 2022: Updated Charter

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>> Policies and Procedures (updated May 2022)