Grid Edge Intelligence for DER Integration

Operational IT/OT, Distributed Monitoring and Control, and Communications Networks: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

The global utility business faces unprecedented challenges—and opportunities—as distributed energy resources (DER) proliferate. Thus, there is a growing need for more intelligence, control, and agility in the distribution grid, particularly at the edge, where many new disruptive resources and loads are located. To date, utility efforts have been largely reactive, focused on issues caused by renewables intermittency, shifting loads, capacity constraints, and bidirectional power flows. In the longer term, grid edge intelligence and automation will enable the proactive development of markets for aggregated clean resources and services, service-oriented business models, and end-to-end integrated grid management strategies.

Among global regions, North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific have experienced the greatest penetrations of distributed renewables and other resources creating disruptive loads. However, due to diverse physical grid infrastructures, policy and regulatory goals (and limitations), and access to technology, market trends have developed differently in different regions. Specific global and regional trends related to grid edge intelligence and automation include regulator constraints, the converged data approach, and the standardization of distribution network control and monitoring solutions. According to Navigant Research, revenue for global grid edge technologies for DER is expected to grow from $8.5 billion in 2015 to $14.5 billion in 2024.

This Navigant Research report provides analyzes the global market for grid edge intelligence and automation solutions, equipment, and services. The study provides an assessment of current market drivers and inhibitors, regional trends, technology, and business segments related to grid edge technologies for DER integration, in addition to business recommendations for both vendors and utilities. Global market forecasts for revenue, segmented by solution, category, and region, extend through 2024. The report also profiles key industry players and examines several utilities that have implemented grid edge intelligence and automation solutions to align with more ambitious smart grid initiatives and aggressive regulatory policies.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • What technical challenges are caused by distributed energy resources (DER) and how can utilities deploy new technologies to mitigate these issues?
  • What systems, monitoring, and equipment technologies can be applied to improve monitoring and automation/ control of the medium-voltage/low-voltage (MV/LV) distribution network?
  • What communications networks and technologies are appropriate for monitoring and automation/control of the MV/LV distribution network?
  • How are vendors across IT/OT/communications markets addressing these challenges?
  • How are different technologies converging to offer utilities enhanced choice in upgrading their networks?
  • How can utilities integrate different offerings in an optimal manner to ensure a return on investment (ROI)?
Who needs this report?
  • Advanced distribution management system (ADMS) vendors
  • IT/OT vendors
  • Utilities communications vendors
  • Utilities
  • Distribution operators
  • Regulators and policymakers
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary                

1.1  Stabilizing the Grid Edge

1.2  Market Trends

1.2.1  Exchanges between Vertical and Horizontal Actors

1.2.2  Regulator Constraint

1.2.3  Converged Data Approach

1.2.4  Standardization of Distribution Network Control and Monitoring Solutions

1.3  Market Forecasts

2. Market Issues    

2.1  Distributed Energy Resources Poised for  Rapid Growth

2.1.1  DER Defined

   2.1.1.1  Distributed Generation

   2.1.1.2  Plug-In Electric Vehicles

   2.1.1.3  Microgrids

   2.1.1.4  DR

   2.1.1.5  Distributed Storage

2.2  Disruptive Factors of DER

2.2.1  The PV Problem

2.3  Utility Benefits of Grid Edge Intelligence and Automation

2.4  Market Drivers

2.4.1  DER Integration

2.4.2  Need for Visibility and Control in the Last Mile

2.4.3  Policy Drivers

2.4.4  New Business Models

2.4.5  Smart Cities and Smart Grids

2.5  Market Inhibitors

2.5.1  Insecure Payback

2.5.2  Cost of Service Ratemaking

2.5.3  Stranded Assets and Technology Obsolescence

2.5.4  Complexity and Interoperability

2.5.5  Transitioning Infrastructure and Change Management Costs

3. Regional Trends   

3.1  Overview

3.2  North America

3.2.1  Canada

3.2.2  United States

3.3  Europe

3.3.1  Germany

3.3.2  France

3.3.3  Denmark

3.3.4  Netherlands

3.3.5  United Kingdom

3.4  Asia Pacific

3.4.1  Japan

3.4.2  South Korea

3.4.3  China/Southeast Asia

3.4.4  India

3.4.5  Singapore

3.4.6  Australia/New Zealand

3.5  Rest of World

3.5.1  Dubai

3.5.2  Mexico

3.5.3  South Africa

4. Technology Issues

4.1  Introduction

4.2  Enabling the Distribution Network with Intelligence and Automation

4.2.1  Distribution Grid Infrastructure

   4.2.1.1  Regional Grid Infrastructure Differences

4.2.2  Value Chain at the Distribution Grid Edge

4.2.3  Applications for Grid Edge Technologies for DER Integration

   4.2.3.1  Stable DG Integration

   4.2.3.2  Stable PEV Charging Networks Integration

   4.2.3.3  Energy Efficiency and Dynamic Line Rating

   4.2.3.4  Energy Efficiency and CVR

   4.2.3.5  Advanced VVO in the LV Network

4.2.4  Operational IT Solutions

   4.2.4.1  Distribution Management System/ADMS

   4.2.4.2  SCADA

   4.2.4.3  MDMS

   4.2.4.4  DRMS

   4.2.4.5  Distributed Energy Resource Management System

   4.2.4.6  Distribution Grid Optimization Analytics

4.2.5  Distributed Monitoring and Control Equipment

   4.2.5.1  AMI

   4.2.5.2  Sensing Technologies

   4.2.5.3  Connected LV and MV Power Electronics

4.2.6  Communications Technologies

   4.2.6.1  Legacy AMI and DA Communications

   4.2.6.2  Communications Requirements for DER Integration

4.2.7  Standards and Security Considerations

   4.2.7.1  Data Standards

   4.2.7.2  Data Security

5. Key Industry Players  

5.1  Introduction

5.2  Large Technology Players

5.2.1  ABB

5.2.2  ACS

5.2.3  Alstom

5.2.4  GE

5.2.5  Oracle

5.2.6  Schneider Electric

5.2.7  Siemens

5.3  Standalone IT/OT Vendors

5.3.1  AutoGrid

5.3.2  Battelle Laboratories

5.3.3  Bit Stew Systems

5.3.4  Comverge

5.3.5  ENBALA Power Networks

5.3.6  Gridco Systems

5.3.7  GridSense

5.3.8  S&C Electric

5.3.9  Tollgrade Communications

5.3.10 Utilidata

5.3.11 Varentec

5.4  Communications Vendors

5.4.1  Cisco Systems

5.4.2  Itron

5.4.3  Silver Spring Networks

5.5  Utilities/Retailers/Distribution Operators

5.5.1  Consolidated Edison, Inc.

5.5.2  Duke Energy

5.5.3  E.ON

5.5.4  Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.

5.5.5  PG&E

6. Market Forecasts  

6.1  Introduction

6.2  Forecast Methodology and Assumptions

6.3  Global Market for Grid Edge Intelligence and Automation

6.4  Regional Grid Edge Intelligence and Automation Forecasts

6.4.1  North America

6.4.2  Europe

6.4.3  Asia Pacific

6.4.4  Latin America

6.4.5  Middle East & Africa

6.5  Conclusions and Recommendations

6.5.1  Recommendations for Utilities

6.5.2  Recommendations for Vendors

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

List of Charts and Figures

  • Grid Edge Technologies for DER Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Distributed Monitoring and Control Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Solution, North America: 2015-2024
  • Distributed Monitoring and Control Revenue by Solution, North America: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Solution, Europe: 2015-2024
  • Distributed Monitoring and Control Revenue by Solution, Europe: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Solution, Asia Pacific: 2015-2024
  • Distributed Monitoring and Control Revenue by Solution, Asia Pacific: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Solution, Latin America: 2015-2024
  • Distributed Monitoring and Control Revenue by Solution, Latin America: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Solution, Middle East & Africa: 2015-2024
  • Distributed Monitoring and Control Revenue by Solution, Middle East & Africa: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Category, North America: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Category, Europe: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Category, Asia Pacific: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Category, Latin America: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Category, Middle East & Africa: 2015-2024
  • Annual PV Installations, United States: 2005-2014
  • Simplified European and North American Distribution Network Architectures
  • Value Chain for Distribution Edge Intelligence and Automation Technologies

List of Tables     

  • Grid Edge Technologies for DER Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Solution, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Category, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Distributed Monitoring and Control Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Distributed Monitoring and Control Revenue by Solution, World Markets: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Solution, North America: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Category, North America: 2015-2024
  • ADMS Revenue by Category, North America: 2015-2024
  • SCADA Revenue by Category, North America: 2015-2024
  • MDMS Revenue by Category, North America: 2015-2024
  • DERMS Revenue by Category, North America: 2015-2024
  • DRMS Revenue by Category, North America: 2015-2024
  • Distribution Grid Optimization IT & Analytics Revenue by Category, North America: 2015-2024
  • Distributed Monitoring and Control Revenue by Solution, North America: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Solution, Europe: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Category, Europe: 2015-2024
  • ADMS Revenue by Category, Europe: 2015-2024
  • SCADA Revenue by Category, Europe: 2015-2024
  • MDMS Revenue by Category, Europe: 2015-2024
  • DERMS Revenue by Category, Europe: 2015-2024
  • DRMS Revenue by Category, Europe: 2015-2024
  • Distribution Grid Optimization IT & Analytics Revenue by Category, Europe: 2015-2024
  • Distributed Monitoring and Control Revenue by Solution, Europe: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Solution, Asia Pacific: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Category, Asia Pacific: 2015-2024
  • ADMS Revenue by Category, Asia Pacific: 2015-2024
  • SCADA Revenue by Category, Asia Pacific: 2015-2024
  • MDMS Revenue by Category, Asia Pacific: 2015-2024
  • DERMS Revenue by Category, Asia Pacific: 2015-2024
  • DRMS Revenue by Category, Asia Pacific: 2015-2024
  • Distribution Grid Optimization IT & Analytics Revenue by Category, Asia Pacific: 2015-2024
  • Distributed Monitoring and Control Revenue by Solution, Asia Pacific: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Solution, Latin America: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Category, Latin America: 2015-2024
  • ADMS Revenue by Category, Latin America: 2015-2024
  • SCADA Revenue by Category, Latin America: 2015-2024
  • MDMS Revenue by Category, Latin America: 2015-2024
  • DERMS Revenue by Category, Latin America: 2015-2024
  • DRMS Revenue by Category, Latin America: 2015-2024
  • Distribution Grid Optimization IT & Analytics Revenue by Category, Latin America: 2015-2024
  • Distributed Monitoring and Control Revenue by Solution, Latin America: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Solution, Middle East & Africa: 2015-2024
  • Operational IT Revenue by Category, Middle East & Africa: 2015-2024
  • ADMS Revenue by Category, Middle East & Africa: 2015-2024
  • SCADA Revenue by Category, Middle East & Africa: 2015-2024
  • MDMS Revenue by Category, Middle East & Africa: 2015-2024
  • DERMS Revenue by Category, Middle East & Africa: 2015-2024
  • DRMS Revenue by Category, Middle East & Africa: 2015-2024
  • Distribution Grid Optimization IT & Analytics Revenue by Category, Middle East & Africa: 2015-2024
  • Distributed Monitoring and Control Revenue by Solution, Middle East & Africa: 2015-2024
  • Smart Metering Neighborhood Area Network and AMI-Wide Area Network Communications Requirements
  • Legacy DA Communications Requirements
  • Advanced Grid Edge Communications Requirements
  • Standards and Specifications from NIST Framework

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