Smart Cities and the Energy Cloud

Reshaping the Energy Landscape

The electricity utility was developed to deliver power to the growing cities of the 20th century. Energy is of even greater importance to cities in the 21st century, but there are new challenges in terms of ensuring the sustainability and reliability of energy supplies. While energy networks underpin the digital city, the sources of that energy are being examined closely. Cities are also looking at how efficiently energy is being used as they strive to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs.

The smart city concept is a label for the dramatic changes occurring at both the local and global level in the nature of urbanization; the energy cloud performs a similar function for the radical changes happening in the energy market. As a concept, the energy cloud represents a wide range of technical, commercial, environmental, and regulatory changes that are transforming the traditional utility model for energy provision. Cities are recognizing the importance – and the opportunity – offered by these changes in energy infrastructure and the global energy markets.

This Navigant Research white paper examines the critical issues facing cities and utilities as they develop the energy policies needed in the century of the city. The emerging vision is of smart cities that integrate large and small-scale energy initiatives ranging from improvements in national infrastructure through citywide energy efficiency programs to local energy generation.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • How are the energy needs of cities changing?
  • How can cities benefit from new opportunities in the energy market?
  • What opportunities do smart city programs provide for utilities?
  • How can cities benefit from smart meter and smart grid deployments?
  • What is the energy cloud?
  • What is the role of energy technology in resilience?
  • What are the key smart city/smart grid pilots around the world?
  • How will smart energy communities emerge?
Who needs this report?
  • Smart grid hardware and software vendors
  • Energy management hardware and software vendors
  • IT, networking, and telecommunications vendors
  • Utilities
  • Industry associations and standards organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Cities and the New Energy Agenda

1.1   Smart Cities and Smart Energy

1.2   The Energy Cloud and the Future of Energy Provision

2. How Cities Are Helping to Shape the Energy Revolution

2.1   The City and the Energy Cloud

2.2   The Renewable City

2.3   Smart Cities and Smart Grids

2.4   Managing Energy Demand

2.5   Cities and Energy Markets

2.6   The Resilient City

2.7   Toward Smart Energy Communities

3. Conclusions and Recommendations

3.1   The Opportunities

3.2   The Challenges

3.3   Additional Reading

4. Acronym and Abbreviation List
5. Table of Contents
6. Table of Charts and Figures
7. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • The Emerging Energy Cloud
  • Smart City Technology Annual Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2023

List of Tables

  • Example Smart City, Smart Grid Projects

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