May 19, 2014
Smaller utilities are more likely to be early adopters, report finds
For the power sector to realize the full benefits of the smart grid revolution, advanced networking and communications technology must span the entire power grid. For many smaller utilities, however, the lack of access to adequate financial and human resources may limit their ability to invest in smart grid solutions at the desired level. Hosted or managed services solutions, also known as smart grid as a service (SGaaS), will help bridge that gap in coming years. Click to tweet: According to a new report from Navigant Research, annual utility spending on SGaaS technology will grow from $1.7 billion in 2014 to $11.2 billion in 2023 – totaling $57.6 billion over that period.
“Smart grid as a service solutions are a small part of the market today, but they have substantial growth potential,” says Richelle Elberg, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “These flexible models allow utilities with financial constraints to spread project costs over several years, and can provide skilled IT professionals to utilities that may otherwise have difficulty attracting talent.”
SGaaS offerings are now available for a range of smart grid applications in several categories, according to the report, including home energy management (HEM), advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution and substation automation (DA and SA) communications, asset management and condition monitoring, demand response (DR), and software solutions and analytics. While initial adoption will come from smaller utilities, over time, even large utilities may find the business cases for certain functions to be compelling.
The report, “Smart Grid as a Service”, analyzes the global market for SGaaS offerings and describes how and where they are being used by utilities. The report discusses significant market drivers and applications and outlines challenges to market acceptance. Global market forecasts for managed services for applications in six smart grid categories – HEM, AMI, DA and SA communications, substation asset monitoring, DR, and IT and analytics – are presented through 2023. For the United States, forecasts are segmented by investor-owned utility (IOU), municipal utility, and cooperative utility. The report also provides in-depth profiles of key vendors and examines several utility deployment case studies. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.
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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, “Smart Grid as a Service,” is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.