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Global Smart Infrastructure - Smart Grids and Smart Meter Trends and Statistics

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Global Smart Infrastructure - Smart Grids and Smart Meter Trends and Statistics

By making the electricity grid intelligent' and adding telecoms to it, the power will eventually shift away from the electricity companies and to the customers, who will be able to control their energy consumption through sensors, M2M devices, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Europe and North America are rated as the most advanced adopters of smart grid and smart metering technology, but the market is expected to shift more and more towards Asia and the developing world.

Smart' means communication, and since many countries are addressing their broadband networks, the smart thing to do would be to roll out fast broadband infrastructure in combination with smart grids and, wherever applicable, other smart infrastructure. In that way, energy efficiency measures can be implemented throughout society and throughout the economy (buildings, transport, cities) with a minimum of extra infrastructure, as a trans-sector approach is based on sharing the infrastructure.

Unfortunately, one of the major obstacles to smart grid uptake continues to be the lack of good government policies. With all the knowledge we now have, it would amount to a criminal offence if this generation were to allow vested interests to prevent us from developing trans-sector policies and holistic initiatives to address energy and environmental concerns. We need to break down those silos and force cooperation between the sectors wherever possible.

This BuddeComm report is designed to provide a current smart grid market overview as well as insightful observations supported by statistics and examples, which may assist investors, analysts and industry participants in making investment and business decisions.

Latest developments:

After some early enthusiasm from 2007 to 2012, we are witnessed a lull in smart grid developments. However, smart technology is on the agenda of most electricity companies and governments. The value of the global smart grid market is forecast to grow to $118.1 billion by 2019. Energy is now at the heart of the G20's agenda and, for the first time, G20 Energy Ministers are holding meetings to address global energy concerns. China has surpassed the US in smart grid investment. Smart grid systems had been installed in more than 30% of Singapore's households

1. Synopsis
2. Smart grids analysis
2.1 Smart Grid 2.0
2.1.1 Industry started off on the wrong foot
2.1.2 Escalating costs beyond the meter
2.1.3 Strategic mistakes from governments and the energy industry
2.1.4 This is resulting in a rethink and a regrouping
3. Smart energy for the future
3.1 Why solar may not be the biggest threat to energy utilities
4. Smart grid vision
4.1 Smart grids in need of strategic plans
4.2 Trans-sector policies and an holistic approach required
5. Global smart grid market
5.1 Overview
5.2 Smart grid equipment statistics
5.3 Smart grid benefits and challenges
5.4 Smart grid market value and investment
5.5 Smart grid cyber security
5.6 Interest in smart grids by utilities grows
5.7 Examples of smart grid projects and deployments
5.7.1 USA
5.7.2 United Arab Emirates
5.7.3 Singapore
5.7.4 South Korea
5.8 Partnerships and consolidation
5.9 Smart grids and mobile technology
5.9.1 WiMAX Forum issues iGRID certifications
6. Disruptive developments in smart grids
7. Global smart meter market
7.1 Smart meter shipments and installed base
7.2 Smart meter revenues
7.3 Smart meter deployment
8. Where are the government leaders?
8.1 No smart grids without government leadership
8.2 Confusion regarding regulations
8.3 Muni Smart Grids
9. Remember the consumer
9.1 Delighting and exciting electricity customers
9.2 What's in it for the customer?
9.2.1 Social and economic benefits
9.2.2 Privacy issues
9.2.3 Technology concerns
9.2.4 Safety issues
9.2.5 Vulnerable consumer groups
9.2.6 More transparency required
9.2.7 A need to re-invent the customer relationship
10. A concept, not a single technology
10.1 Electricity companies and the Internet of Things
10.2 M2M a key component
10.3 From SCaDa to IoT
11. Related reports
Table 1 - International electricity price table comparison 2013 - 2014
Table 2 Value of the global smart grid market 2012 - 2020
Table 3 Investment in the global smart grid market 2012 - 2014
Table 4 Smart meter installed base leading countries - 2020
Chart 1 Global smart grid market at a glance 2012 - 2020
Exhibit 1 - ITU approves smart grid standards
Exhibit 2 UN Climate Change Summit Report from New York City 2014
Exhibit 3 The G20 Summit and Energy Efficiency Brisbane 2014
Exhibit 4 Smart grid applications
Exhibit 5 Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF)
Exhibit 6 - International Smart Grid Action Network
Exhibit 7 Challenges smart grids can address
Exhibit 8 Field trials led by FINESCE
Exhibit 9 Smart grid implementation areas
Exhibit 10 Phased implementation plan of Jeju Smart Grid: 2010 - 2013
Exhibit 11 Examples of leading smart meter manufacturers
Exhibit 12 Replacing old electricity meters
Exhibit 13 - Smart grid as a cloud service

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