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Smart Grids - Insights into an Important Infrastructure

The smart grid movement has now well and truly set down its roots and smart technology is now well and truly on the agenda of most electricity companies, and indeed on many of their governments’ political agendas. It has become increasingly clear that smart grids are able to transform the energy industry, and that a much broader group of industries are also affected by this including IT, telecoms, white goods, renewables, management consultants, storage, transport, etc. The electricity grid is becoming the enabler in all these changes, and by making it an intelligent grid and adding telecoms to it, the power will shift away from the electricity companies to the customers – and the appliances that will be developed will assist this process; some of that on a M2M basis. On term being used for these developments is the Internet of Things (IoT).

Smart Grids - Insights into an Important Infrastructure is designed to provide a current smart grid market overview as well as observations which may assist investors, analysts and industry participants in making investment and business decisions.

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In 2013 there seems to be a lull in smart grid developments; After some early enthusiasm from 2007 to 2011 we now seem to have arrived at a period of regrouping and rethinking; China and the US have some of the largest smart grid markets in terms of value - these two countries are also large investors in the technology; Broadband Powerline (BPL) transmitting higher data rates (Mbps) on the energy distribution grid has emerged as one of the most promising solution for smart grids

1. Synopsis
2. Smart grids in 2013 - 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. A concept, not a technology
3.1 Electricity companies and the Internet of Things
3.2 M2M a key global trend (separate report)
3.2.1 Things’
3.2.2 Machine-to-machine communications (M2M)
4. Smart grid vision
4.1 Smart grids in need of strategic plans
4.2 Trans-sector policies needed
5. Smart grid market
5.1 Overview
5.2 BPL still alive and kicking
5.3 Smart grid global investment
5.4 Interest in smart grids by utilities grows
5.5 ITU approves smart grid standards
5.6 Partnerships and consolidation
6. Where are the government leaders?
6.1 No smart grids without government leadership
6.2 Confusion regarding regulations
7. Smart energy
8. Smart grids, smart infrastructure, smart buildings and smart cities
9. Opportunities for the smart infrastructure
10. Related reports
Table 1 – Value of the global smart grid market – 2012: 2016
Exhibit 1 – Smart Grid applications
Exhibit 2 – Challenges Smart Grids can address
Exhibit 3 - International Smart Grid Action Network

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