Smart Meters for Commercial and Industrial Markets

Smart Electric Meters for the Commercial and Industrial Sector, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, and Meter Communications: Global Market Analysis
and Forecasts

Though often overshadowed by the residential sector, the market for smart commercial and industrial (C&I) electrical meters is gaining traction, too, as many utilities continue to look for ways to reduce operating costs and provide granular consumption data to valuable C&I customers. C&I customers consume the bulk of energy within a system compared to residential customers, and utilities are motivated to provide them with the latest advanced metering infrastructure technology. New smart meters aid in this effort with increased accuracy, full two-way communication between meters and utility operations centers, near-real-time interval data feeds, power quality monitoring, automated outage detection, and other advanced sensing capabilities.

Driven by customer demand and regulatory requirements, smart C&I meter penetration will grow rapidly through the end of this decade. Smart meter deployments in North America are well underway and will continue at a steady pace. Likewise, China is in the midst of a massive deployment of advanced meters, some of which will be installed at C&I facilities. In Europe, regulatory mandates are pushing smart meter deployments that will include business facilities. Navigant Research forecasts that the installed base of smart meters for C&I customers will surpass 114 million by 2020.

This Navigant Research report examines the global market opportunity for smart C&I electrical meters, analyzing the drivers and inhibitors shaping the market, along with major technology issues. The report also provides market forecasts through 2020 for smart C&I electrical meter shipments and the associated revenue. Case studies, key vendor profiles, and a discussion of broad C&I trends are also included.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • What forces are shaping the smart C&I electrical meter market?
  • How many smart C&I meters will be deployed through 2020?
  • What is the size of the revenue opportunity for smart C&I electrical meters?
  • What technology issues are shaping this market?
  • Who are some of the key players in the smart C&I electrical meter market?
  • How will the market for smart C&I electrical meters play out in the various global regions?
Who needs this report?
  • Electric utilities and grid operators
  • Smart electric meter manufacturers
  • Component suppliers to smart electric meter manufacturers
  • Electric meter communication module vendors
  • Regulators of electric utilities
  • Electric industry associations
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1    Smart Commercial and Industrial Meters Gaining Traction

1.2    Market Drivers

1.3    Market Inhibitors

1.4    Market Forecast

2. Market Issues

2.1    Introduction

2.2    Definitions

2.3    Drivers

2.4    Inhibitors

2.5    Market Momentum

2.5.1    Background

2.5.2    MV-90

2.5.3    DR Programs

2.6    Regional C&I Metering Trends

2.6.1    Europe

2.6.2    Asia Pacific

2.6.3    Latin America

2.6.4    Middle East & Africa

2.7    Case Studies

2.7.1    Laclede Electric Cooperative

2.7.2    Empire State Building

2.7.3    Walmart a Wild Card?

3. Technology Issues

3.1    Introduction

3.2    Meter Technology

3.3    Single Phase versus Polyphase Meters

3.4    C&I Meter Brands Available on the Market

3.5    Communications

3.5.1    RF Mesh Networks

3.5.2    RF Point-to-Multipoint Networks

3.5.3    Cellular-Based Systems

3.5.4    Power Line Communication

3.6    Automated DR and C&I Meters

4. Key Industry Players

4.1    Aclara

4.2    Echelon

4.3    Elster

4.4    EnerNOC

4.5    GE Digital Energy

4.6    Itron

4.7    Johnson Controls

4.8    Landis+Gyr

4.9    Pulse Energy

4.10  Tantalus

4.11  Trilliant

5. Market Forecasts

5.1    Introduction

5.2    Assumptions Guiding This Forecast

5.3    Installed Base

5.3.1    North America

5.3.2    Europe

5.3.3    Asia Pacific

5.3.4    Latin America

5.3.5    Middle East & Africa

5.3.6    Worldwide

5.4    Conclusions and Recommendations

6. Company Directory
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

  • Empire State Building at Night
  • C&I Meters (left to right): Itron SENTINEL, GE kV2c, L+G E650 S4e, Elster A3 ALPHA
  • ADR System Architecture
  • Smart C&I Meter Penetration Rate by Region, World Markets: 2012‑2020
  • Smart C&I Meter Installed Base by Region, World Markets: 2012‑2020
  • C&I Electric Meter Shipments by Type of Meter, North America: 2012-2020
  • C&I Electric Meter Revenue by Type of Meter, North America: 2012‑2020
  • C&I Electric Meter Shipments by Type of Meter, Europe: 2012-2020
  • C&I Electric Meter Revenue by Type of Meter, Europe: 2012-2020
  • C&I Electric Meter Shipments by Type of Meter, Asia Pacific: 2012‑2020
  • C&I Electric Meter Revenue by Type of Meter, Asia Pacific: 2012‑2020
  • C&I Electric Meter Shipments by Type of Meter, Latin America: 2012-2020
  • C&I Electric Meter Revenue by Type of Meter, Latin America: 2012‑2020
  • C&I Electric Meter Shipments by Type of Meter, Middle East & Africa: 2012-2020
  • C&I Electric Meter Revenue by Type of Meter, Middle East & Africa: 2012-2020
  • Smart C&I Meter Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020

List of Tables

  • Smart Meter Communication Technologies
  • All C&I Electric Meter Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
  • C&I Electric Meter Installed Base by Region, World Markets: 2012‑2020
  • Smart C&I Meter Installed Base and Penetration Rates by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
  • Automated C&I Meter Installed Base and Penetration Rates, North America: 2012-2020
  • Standard C&I Meter Installed Base and Penetration Rates by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
  • All C&I Electric Meter Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2012‑2020
  • Smart C&I Electric Meter Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
  • Automated C&I Electric Meter Shipments, North America: 2012‑2020
  • Standard C&I Electric Meter Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
  • C&I Meter Average Selling Prices by Type of Meter, World Markets: 2012-2020
  • C&I Meter Revenue by Type of Meter, North America: 2012-2020
  • C&I Meter Revenue by Type of Meter, Europe: 2012-2020
  • C&I Meter Revenue by Type of Meter, Asia Pacific: 2012-2020
  • C&I Meter Revenue by Type of Meter, Latin America: 2012-2020
  • C&I Meter Revenue by Type of Meter, Middle East & Africa: 2012‑2020
  • Total C&I Meter Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020
  • Smart C&I Meter Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2012-2020

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