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Deep Dive: Power Distribution

Deep Dive: Power Distribution


The electricity distribution network is expanding globally in terms of line length and capacity. Much of this increase between 2007 and 2017 has come from developed countries such as the US, Russia, and Japan. Frontrunners in the developing world such as Brazil, and India have also largely contributed.

This growth is not restricted simply to larger swathes of territories being covered by the utilities, but is also evident in terms of technological innovation. And it seems, in the latter, there is a clear divide between the efforts of utilities serving communities in developed countries and developing countries.

In the former, investment by utilities is directed towards adopting cutting edge technology for providing value added service to customers. In fact utilities are changing their business models from being simply suppliers of electricity, to service providers. They are customizing their services to the lifestyle of individual customers and are including technologies such as smart meters and internet-of-things to do so. Use of remote sensors, drones, and palm-held devices by field staff is also being increasingly adopted by these utilities to prevent supply outages.

On the other hand, utilities in developing countries are more focused on increasing grid access as much of the population residing in remote villages and in some cases, even in urban pockets, does not have the benefit of basic electricity usage.

These utilities have future plans to invest in smart technology and in some cases have carried out pilot projects. In the future, they will have much to learn from the experience of the utilities of the developed world, when they roll out smart technology on a massive community-wide scale.


  • The report talks about the emerging trends in power distribution technology.
  • Utilities from representative countries from different regions of the world have been identified and their future investment strategies have been listed.
  • Based on the coverage of the utilities in a region, a summary has been drawn up for each region providing an idea about the direction in which electricity distribution in that region is headed.
Reasons to buy
  • To gain insights of the global power distribution market and the emerging trends.

1 Table of Contents
1.1 List of Tables
1.2 List of Figures
2 Introduction
2.1 Growth in Distribution Network
2.2 North America
2.2.1 Duke Energy Corporation
2.2.2 FirstEnergy Corp
2.2.3 American Electric Power Co Inc
2.2.4 Hydro One Networks Inc
2.2.5 Hydro-Quebec
2.2.6 Comision Federal de Electricidad
2.2.7 North America: Sum Up
2.3 Europe
2.3.1 Westnetz GmbH
2.3.2 Western Power Distribution Plc
2.3.3 Iberdrola SA
2.3.4 Enel SpA
2.3.5 Enedis (formerly known as Electricite Reseau Distribution France SA)
2.3.6 Interregional Distribution Grid Company of the South (IDGC of the South) PJSC
2.3.7 Europe: Sum Up
2.4 Asia-Pacific
2.4.1 Tenaga Nasional Berhad
2.4.2 Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Incorporated
2.4.3 Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd
2.4.4 P.T. Perusahaan Listrik Negara
2.4.5 Korea Electric Power Corporation
2.4.6 Essential Energy
2.4.7 Asia-Pacific: Sum Up
2.5 Middle East and Africa
2.5.1 Tavanir
2.5.2 Saudi Electricity Company
2.5.3 Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd
2.5.4 Kenya Power and Lighting Co Ltd
2.5.5 Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
2.5.6 Middle East and Africa: Sum Up
2.6 South America
2.6.1 Cemig Distribuicao S.A.
2.6.2 Empresa Distribuidora Sur S.A. (Edesur)
2.6.3 Codensa S.A.
2.6.4 South America: Sum Up
2.7 Conclusion
3 Appendix
3.1 Bibliography
3.2 Contact Us
3.3 Disclaimer
1.1 List of Tables
Table 1: Duke Energy Corporation, Distribution Hardening and Resiliency Project in North Carolina, 2017-2027
Table 2: Duke Energy Corporation, Distribution Grid Upgrade in North Carolina, 2017-2027
Table 3: Duke Energy Corporation, Distribution Grid Upgrade in South Carolina, 2017-2027
Table 4: FirstEnergy Corp, Distribution Grid Upgrade Plan in Ohio, 2017-2020
Table 5: American Electric Power Co Inc, Distribution Grid Upgrade Plan, 2018-2020
Table 6: Enel SpA, Smart Meter Upgrade Plan, 2018-2031
Table 7: Enel SpA, EV Charging Infrastructure Plan, 2018-2022
Table 8: Enedis, Smart Meter Rollout Program, 2015-2021
Table 9: Enedis, Ongoing Demonstrator Projects, 2018
Table 10: Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd, Status of Smart Grid Program, February 2018
Table 11: KEPCO, New and Renewable Energy Initiatives, 2018
Table 12: Essential Energy, Adopting Technology Innovations, 2018
Table 13: Tavanir, Smart Grid Roadmap, 2018
Table 14: Saudi Electricity Company, Technology Research Initiatives for a Future Oriented Electricity Grid, 2016
Table 15: Kenya Power and Lighting Co Ltd, Network Modernization, 2018-2021
Table 16: Kenya Power and Lighting Co Ltd, Network Automation, 2018-2021
Table 17: Kenya Power and Lighting Co Ltd, Other Grid Modernization Projects, 2017-2021
1.2 List of Figures
Figure 1: Power Distribution Market, Growth in Line Length (Ckm), Global, 2007-2017
Figure 2: Power Distribution Market, Growth in Line Length of Leading Five Countries (Ckm), 2007-2017
Figure 3: Power Distribution Market, Growth in Distribution Capacity (MVA), Global, 2007-2017

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