By Gary Thomas
Global Information (GII), an information service company, has announced the release of two market research reports on smart grids and smart metering. The reports find that deployments of smart grids are softening all over the globe due to lack of government stimulus funds and completion of existing projects.
However, the Fukushima nuclear disaster has led many countries to consider a change in their energy strategies. The two new reports provide essential market data and analysis for companies intending to make use of this opportunity.
After the Fukushima disaster Japan has stopped its nuclear operations, the Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to roll out 17 million smart meters by 2019. Additionally, Iberdrola in Spain has announced that it has entered into a deal with meter manufacturers for one million smart meters.
The “Smart grid deployment tracker 1Q12 - Global Smart Meter and Smart Grid Projects, Meter Data Management, Communications Networks, and Smart Grid Systems Integrators: Project tracking, Vendor Selection Share, and Unit Shipments” from Pike Research analyzes global utility smart grid and smart meter programs. It is a quarterly updated report that tracks customer endpoints, communications vendors, vendor selections, metering vendors, vendor market share, deployment timeframes and systems integrators.
Pike Research’s second report titled “Automated Demand Response - Technology and Business Issues, Opportunities, Challenges, the Competitive Landscape, and the Role of OpenADR: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts” states that the implementation of ADR will increase globally due to the reliability, predictability and economy demonstrated in pilot programs. It analyzes the market opportunities for ADR services and technologies. The ADR regional market size, important vendor profiles and competitive overview are provided. The US has seen significant ADR deployments and it has now spread to the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China.