The momentum of utility smart grid and smart meter deployments has increased significantly in the United States during the course of 2010. A number of new projects have been announced, and key vendors have been selected to provide utilities with meters, communications modules, and systems integration services. Full rollouts can generally take several years from beginning to end, and operational efficiency and consumer acceptance requires precise planning and wise technology decisions.
The second and third quarters of 2010 included advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) smart meter deployment announcements covering 910,500 customers from five different utilities, an increase from 146,000 new endpoints announced in the first quarter.
According to analysis, these new projects increase the total number of planned smart meter installations to 57.9 million endpoints in the U.S., with more than 90 active utility projects. In the midst of this growth, vendor market shares remain fluid.
Having surpassed Itron as the market leader in smart meters during the past year, for example, Landis+Gyr currently stands as the number one manufacturer in terms of utility vendor selections. Silver Spring Networks remains the leader in communications modules.
This Research tracker report, updated quarterly, provides detailed analysis of worldwide utility smart grid and smart meter programs including tracking of customer endpoints, metering vendors, communications vendors, and systems integrators. The tracker includes a tactical examination of technologies, deployment timeframes, and vendor selections for each utility deployment, along with vendor market share analysis.
Key questions addressed:
* Which utilities are actively engaged in smart grid and smart meter deployments on a worldwide basis and what are their intended volumes and timeframes?
* Which technologies have various utilities selected for their deployment projects?
* Which meter manufacturers, communications module vendors, and systems integrators are working with specific utilities?
* What are the market shares of these companies in terms of utility vendor selections in the United States?
* What and where are the active plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) projects?
* What and where are the active demand response (DR) programs in the United States?