Smart Grid as a Service

Distribution/Substation Automation, Microgrids, DER Management,
Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Demand Response, Home Energy Management, and Analytics

Utilities have historically preferred to acquire their own physical assets and any software required to manage these assets, store all related data in-house, and use their own staff to perform related business processes. Significant barriers have stymied the adoption of service-based delivery—ranging from the innate conservatism of the industry to security concerns, finance models, and regulatory rules on where sensitive data can be stored. However, over the past 2 years, the adoption of smart grid as a service (SGaaS) solutions has been increasing noticeably.

Utilities are increasingly turning to service-based delivery to help them take a more flexible approach to business processes, mitigate technology risks, and reduce costs. Competition is becoming a more and more important driver, even for utilities operating in monopoly markets. Significant additional value will be created by the Energy Cloud that could be snapped up by new entrants. It is therefore imperative for utilities to rapidly develop new products and services to counter the threat of these new entrants. According to Navigant Research, the global SGaaS market is expected to grow from $1.3 billion in 2016 to $6.0 billion in 2025.

This Navigant Research report analyzes the global SGaaS market, with a focus on three segments: data services, cloud-based software, and fully managed services. The study covers a number of smart grid functional areas and provides forecasts for managed distribution/substation automation, microgrids, distributed energy resources (DER) management, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), demand response, home energy management (HEM), and analytics. Additional commentary is provided on virtual power plants and commercial building energy management. The report also examines the key technologies related to SGaaS, as well as the competitive landscape.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • What is driving utilities to adopt service-based delivery models?
  • Why is the Energy Cloud an important driver for smart grid as a service (SGaaS)?
  • What are the primary growth areas of SGaaS globally, as well as regionally?
  • Which are the leading companies driving SGaaS?
  • What considerations must a utility make before adopting service-based delivery?
  • What types of utilities are adopting service-based delivery the quickest?
  • Which regions and technologies are best-suited to SGaaS?
Who needs this report?
  • Smart grid technology companies
  • Smart grid project developers
  • Smart grid hardware and software providers
  • Utilities
  • Energy regulators
  • Cloud vendors
  • Utility software vendors
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1  Introduction

1.2  SGaaS Market Trends

1.3  SGaaS Market Forecast

2. Market Issues

2.1  The Evolving Smart Grid as a Service Market Is Reaching a Tipping Point

2.2  Utilities Have Resisted Service-Based Delivery of Grid-Related Projects

2.2.1  The Adoption of Fully Managed Services Is Most Widespread in CRM and IT

2.2.2  Network Operations and New Technologies Remain In-House

2.3  Market Barriers

2.3.1  Barriers to Service-Based Delivery Remain Significant

2.4  Market Drivers

2.4.1  Utilities Are Adopting a More Flexible Approach to Business Process

2.4.2  Reduced Capital and Operating Costs

2.4.3  Risk Mitigation

2.4.4  The Energy Cloud

2.5  Service-Based Delivery Helps Utilities Adopt Flexible Innovation

3. Technology Issues

3.1  Overview

3.2  Higher Propensity for Flexible Delivery

3.3  The Full Value of Data

3.4  Opportunities in DA as a Service Are Limited to Data

3.5  Development of Microgrids as a Service Will Be Driven by Non-Utility Owners

3.6  VPPs

3.7  DER: Solar and Storage

3.8  DERMSs

3.9  Smart Metering Presents Opportunities for Service-Based Delivery

3.10  Outsourcing Behind-the-Meter Applications

3.10.1  DR Offers a Number of Opportunities

3.10.2  Commercial Building Energy Management Is Open to Service-Based Models

3.10.3  In-Home IoT Is Fragmented, But Starting to Show Positive Signs

4. Recommendations

4.1  Overview

4.2  Utility Recommendations

4.2.1  Recognize IT as a Strategic Asset

4.2.2  Maximize the Value of Operational Data by Optimizing Data Management

4.2.3  Facilitate Business Transformation with Flexible Delivery Models

4.2.4  Learn from Other Utilities’ Experiences

4.2.5  Stay Pragmatic

4.3  Vendor Recommendations

4.3.1  Be Patient

4.3.2  Meet Utility Industry Standards for Security and Compliance

4.3.3  Overcome Financing Barriers with Innovative Pricing

5. Key Industry Players

5.1  ABB Enterprise Software

5.2  Accenture

5.3  AT&T

5.4  C3 IoT

5.5  Capgemini

5.6  CGI

5.7  Comverge

5.8  EnerNOC

5.9  General Electric

5.10  IBM

5.11  Itron

5.12  Leidos

5.13  Nokia (formerly Alcatel-Lucent)

5.14  Oracle

5.15  S&C Electric

5.16  SAP

5.17  SAS

5.18  Siemens

5.19  Silver Spring Networks

5.20  Verizon

5.21  Wipro

6. Market Forecasts and Regional Trends

6.1  Methodology

6.2  Market Drivers

6.3  Regional Adoption Trends

6.4  Managed DA

6.4.1  North America

6.4.2  Europe

6.4.3  Asia Pacific

6.4.4  Latin America and the Middle East & Africa

6.5  Managed Microgrid Controls

6.6  DER Management Services

6.6.1  North America

6.6.2  Europe

6.6.3  Asia Pacific

6.6.4  Latin America and the Middle East & Africa

6.7  Managed AMI Services

6.7.1  North America

6.7.2  Europe

6.7.3  Asia Pacific

6.7.4  Latin America

6.7.5  Middle East & Africa

6.8  Managed DR Services

6.8.1  North America

6.8.2  Europe

6.8.3  Asia Pacific

6.9  HEM Services

6.9.1  North America

6.9.2  Europe

6.9.3  Asia Pacific

6.9.4  Latin America and the Middle East & Africa

7. Acronym and Abbreviation List
8. Table of Contents
9. Table of Charts and Figures
10. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • Annual SGaaS Revenue by Category, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual SGaaS Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed DA Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed Microgrid Controls Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual DER Management Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed AMI Services by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed DR Program Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual HEM Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Combined Analytics Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • SGaaS Drivers
  • Energy Cloud Scenario Revenue Generation (Est.) by Value Chain Segment, World Markets: 2030
  • As a Service Heat Map of the Smart Grid
  • Analytics Use Cases in the Energy Value Chain

List of Tables

  • Annual SGaaS Revenue by Category, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual SGaaS Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual SGaaS Revenue by Category, North America: 2016-2025
  • Annual SGaaS Revenue by Category, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Annual SGaaS Revenue by Category, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Annual SGaaS Revenue by Category, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • Annual SGaaS Revenue by Category, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed AMI Services by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed AMI Services Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed AMI Services Revenue by Segment, North America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed AMI Services Revenue by Segment, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed AMI Services Revenue by Segment, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed AMI Services Revenue by Segment, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed AMI Services Revenue by Segment, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025
  • Annual HEM Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual HEM Services Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual HEM Services Revenue by Segment, North America: 2016-2025
  • Annual HEM Services Revenue by Segment, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Annual HEM Services Revenue by Segment, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Annual HEM Services Revenue by Segment, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • Annual HEM Services Revenue by Segment, Middle East and Africa: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed DA Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed DA Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed DA Revenue by Segment, North America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed DA Revenue by Segment, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed DA Revenue by Segment, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed DA Revenue by Segment, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed DA Revenue by Segment, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed DR Program Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed DR Program Revenue by Customer Type, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed DR Program Revenue by Customer Type, North America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed DR Program Revenue by Customer Type, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed DR Program Revenue by Customer Type, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed DR Program Revenue by Customer Type, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed DR Program Revenue by Customer Type, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025
  • Annual Managed Microgrid Controls Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Combined Analytics Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Combined Analytics Revenue by Segment, World Markets: 2016-2025
  • Annual Combined Analytics Revenue by Segment, North America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Combined Analytics Revenue by Segment, Europe: 2016-2025
  • Annual Combined Analytics Revenue by Segment, Asia Pacific: 2016-2025
  • Annual Combined Analytics Revenue by Segment, Latin America: 2016-2025
  • Annual Combined Analytics Revenue by Segment, Middle East & Africa: 2016-2025

Report Details

  • Pages: 69
  • Tables, Charts,
    Figures:
    56
  • Release Date: 4Q 2016
  • Release File(s): PDF* and Excel *Indicates primary report file.

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