According to a new report from GTM Research, the United States smart grid market will grow more than 70 percent over the next five years, reaching $9.6 billion by 2015. The U.S. Smart Grid Market Forecast: 2010–2015 analyzes key trends in four technology sectors – Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Distribution Automation (DA), Home Area Networks (HAN) and Smart Utility Enterprise. The study concludes that the factors driving the market expansion include federal ARRA grants for utility modernization, increased market competition and consolidation, and enhanced technology synergies.
Cobb Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) has selected Sensus to deliver smart grid solutions to its nearly 200,000 members. The program will include the Sensus FlexNet advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology, smart meters, automated hourly meter reads, and support for future applications. The project is partially financed by a grant from the United States Department of Energy,
The power network and communications technologies are at the heart of utility smart grid deployments but there has been vigorous debate over which will play the primary role.
A new report from Pike Research, “Smart Grid Networking and Communications”, examines the global market opportunity for communication technologies in all areas of smart grid operations, from the utility substation to the home area network.
Electric and natural gas utility PECO has issued a Letter of Intent to purchase the Sensus FlexNet communications network as its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution for an upcoming deployment that will bring Smart Grid/Smart Meter technology to more than 1.6 million electric customers in Pennsylvania.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract by the City of Lakeland, Fla., to lead its new Smart Grid Initiative program. The 30-month contract is valued at more than $13 million. Work on the initiative will be performed primarily in Lakeland, which is looking to reduce its annual carbon footprint by 14,000 tons. In addition, the smart grid infrastructure will facilitate future demand response and distributed automation capabilities. According to SAIC, Lakeland also expects the program to help “improve operational efficiency, optimize capital investments to minimize energy prices, and facilitate time-of-use pricing to give consumers more control over their energy bills.
Remote Energy Monitoring Ltd (REM) and Infotech Enterprises Ltd have unveiled a new interface between SAP’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and REM’s Smart Meter Operations Suite (SMOS). The announcement came during the Centre of Excellence opening in Holborn, London.