2014 Global Smart Infrastructure - Smart Grids and M2M are Key Developments

Publication Overview

This annual report is a valuable resource of information on the global development of Smart Grids and M2M. It incorporates key insights, statistics, examples and trends. It provides BuddeComm’s insights into the importance of Smart Grids to meet the growing demands of the future and explores why they are intrinsically linked to M2M developments. It examines the growing movement towards an overall Smart Energy approach, using insights from Australia as examples. The report also provides interesting examples of smart grid and smart meter deployments from around the world. Please note: for Smart City information, see separate annual publication titled: Global Smart Infrastructure – Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence the Way Forward.

Subjects covered include:

  • Global Smart Grid and Smart Meter Trends and Statistics;
  • Smart Grids and Consumers Insights;
  • M2M, IoT, Big Data Trends and Statistics;
  • Smart Energy Insights;
  • Selected Smart Grid and Smart Meter project examples from around the world.

Reserachers:- Kylie Wansink, Paul Budde, Lucia Bibolini, Peter Evans, Henry Lancaster.
Current publication date:- September 2014 (4th Edition)

Executive Summary

Smart Grids are part of a larger move towards Smart Energy development

The transformation to a Smart Grid not only delivers benefits to the electricity industry but also to the community and to individual business and residential customers. Real-time visibility of the grid enables better balancing of supply and demand and greater efficiency of network operations – which allows the investment in the energy supply chain to be optimised.

Smart Grids can provide visibility and control of energy usage to a level not previously possible. This allows all involved from customers to network operators to participate in programs that encourage reduced electricity use during periods of high demand. Further, Smart Grid technologies are important for managing and supporting increased penetration of renewable energy, such as photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roofs of our buildings. Electricity networks were traditionally designed to distribute energy in one direction – from large central generation sources to the consumer.

As we move into an era where everybody is able to participate in electricity generation, the electricity network becomes a multidirectional “any-to-any” grid, interconnecting power distribution across all parts of the network. This is also known as Transactive Energy.

The electricity grid is becoming the enabler in all these changes, and by making it an intelligent grid and adding telecoms to it, the power will shift away from the electricity companies to the customers. The appliances that will be developed will assist this process; some of that on a M2M basis using networked sensors and SCaDa technology. Another term being used for these broader developments is the Internet of Things (IoT).

Smart Grids encompass a broad portfolio of technologies, and different power companies will choose to deploy those elements that promise the best return on investment. What is important is that the world embraces a culture of modernising its electricity networks so it can meet the needs and expectations of future generations.

With a better understanding of the complexity involved in the transformation of the electricity industry the words ‘smart energy’ are becoming more prominent. BuddeComm believes that the term ‘smart grids’ is too narrow and that eventually ‘smart energy’ will become the accepted terminology, especially once the communications developments in national broadband networks and mobile broadband start to converge with smart grid developments.

BuddeComm’s new report, Global Smart Infrastructure – Smart Grids and M2M are Key Developments, provides important insights into why smart communities of the future require smart grid infrastructure to meet growing demand and supply the platform for smart energy developments. The report explores how the Internet of Things, based on machine-to-machine (M2M) and sensor developments are intrinsically linked to Smart Grids. This unique report also provides interesting examples of smart grid and smart meter projects from around the world and includes an overview of the global market, supported by statistics.  Please note: for Smart City information, see separate annual publication titled: Global Smart Infrastructure – Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence the Way Forward.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year

Table of Contents

  • 1. Smart Grid and Smart Meter Trends and Statisitcs
    • 1.1 Smart grids analysis
      • 1.1.1 Smart Grid 2.0
    • 1.2 Smart energy for the future
      • 1.2.1 Why solar may not be the biggest threat to energy utilities
    • 1.3 Smart grid vision
      • 1.3.1 Smart grids in need of strategic plans
      • 1.3.2 Trans-sector policies and an holistic approach required
    • 1.4 Global smart grid market
      • 1.4.1 Overview
      • 1.4.2 Smart grid equipment statistics
      • 1.4.3 Smart grid benefits and challenges
      • 1.4.4 Smart grid market value and investment
      • 1.4.5 smart grid cyber security
      • 1.4.6 Interest in smart grids by utilities grows
      • 1.4.7 Partnerships and consolidation
      • 1.4.8 Smart grids and mobile technology
    • 1.5 Disruptive developments in smart grids
    • 1.6 Global smart meter market
      • 1.6.1 Smart meter shipments and installed base
      • 1.6.2 Smart meter revenues
      • 1.6.3 Smart meter deployment
    • 1.7 Where are the government leaders?
      • 1.7.1 No smart grids without government leadership
      • 1.7.2 Confusion regarding regulations
      • 1.7.3 Muni Smart Grids
    • 1.8 Remember the consumer
      • 1.8.1 Delighting and exciting electricity customers
      • 1.8.2 What’s in it for the customer?
    • 1.9 A concept, not a single technology
      • 1.9.1 Electricity companies and the Internet of Things
      • 1.9.2 M2M a key component
      • 1.9.3 From SCaDa to IoT
  • 2. M2M, IOT and Big Data Trends and Statistics
    • 2.1 Smart Grids and M2M play a key role
      • 2.1.1 2014: touted as the year of M2M, but ...
      • 2.1.2 Internet of ‘Things’
      • 2.1.3 Who will dominate the IoT market?
      • 2.1.4 Telcos and the science of Big Data
      • 2.1.5 From SCaDa to IoT
      • 2.1.6 Sensors
      • 2.1.7 RFID
      • 2.1.8 Application examples
  • 3. Smart energy The Next Frontier – Case Study- Australia
    • 3.1 Insights into Smart Energy from Australia
      • 3.1.1 Industry analysis mid 2014
      • 3.1.2 Disruptive retail plan for renewable energy
      • 3.1.3 Challenges for the future
      • 3.1.4 Delighting and exciting electricity customers
      • 3.1.5 Electricity ‘death spiral’
      • 3.1.6 Energy industry in transition
      • 3.1.7 Storage technologies making progress
      • 3.1.8 Energy retail market developments
      • 3.1.9 People power in the energy market
      • 3.1.10 Key international Developments
      • 3.1.11 Business analyses
      • 3.1.12 Key Analyses Australia
      • 3.1.13 Key developments Australia
      • 3.1.14 Surveys and statistics
  • 4. Selected Smart Grid Project Examples from around the World
    • 4.1 Australia
      • 4.1.1 Smart grid: $5 billion in potential annual benefits for Australia
      • 4.1.2 Smart Energy cost savings in Australia
      • 4.1.3 Australia’s smart grid/smart city project
    • 4.2 Canada
      • 4.2.1 Ontario
      • 4.2.2 Alberta
      • 4.2.3 Québec
      • 4.2.4 British Columbia
      • 4.2.5 New Brunswick
      • 4.2.6 Saskatchewan
    • 4.3 China
      • 4.3.1 Electricity growth projections for China
      • 4.3.2 Smart grids – China investments
      • 4.3.3 China’s State Grid Corporation
    • 4.4 Germany
    • 4.5 Ireland
    • 4.6 Mexico
      • 4.6.1 Smart grid technology in Mexico
    • 4.7 New Zealand
    • 4.8 Oman
    • 4.9 Poland
    • 4.10 Qatar
    • 4.11 Russia
    • 4.12 South Korea
      • 4.12.1 Smart grid: new laws introduced in South Korea
      • 4.12.2 Smart grid stages: 2010 - 2030
      • 4.12.3 Five smart grid implementation areas
      • 4.12.4 Jeju Island
    • 4.13 Spain
    • 4.14 Sweden
    • 4.15 USA
      • 4.15.1 USA - key insights
      • 4.15.2 Standards
      • 4.15.3 Green Button
      • 4.15.4 Government funding
      • 4.15.5 Utility Executives’ vision for the new decade
      • 4.15.6 State and municipal developments – 2013
      • 4.15.7 Other developments
      • Table 1 - International electricity price table comparison – 2013
      • Table 2 – Value of the global smart grid market – 2012; 2016; 2020
      • Table 3 – Investment in the global smart grid market – 2012; 2013
      • Table 4 – Smart meter installed base – leading countries - 2020
      • Table 5 – Global M2M connections – 2010; 2013; 2014
      • Table 6 – Global spending on Big Data – 2013; 2018
      • Table 7 – Mexico - smart grid technology market revenue – 2012- 2020
      • Table 8 – South Korea - smart grid investment to 2015
      • Table 9 - USA - RUS loan beneficiaries - 2013
      • Exhibit 1 - ITU approves smart grid standards
      • Exhibit 2 – Smart grid applications
      • Exhibit 3 – Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF)
      • Exhibit 4 – Challenges smart grids can address
      • Exhibit 5 – Field trials led by FINESCE
      • Exhibit 6 - International Smart Grid Action Network
      • Exhibit 7 – Examples of leading smart meter manufacturers
      • Exhibit 8 – Replacing old electricity meters
      • Exhibit 9 - Smart grid as a cloud service
      • Exhibit 10 – The first major M2M alliances
      • Exhibit 11 – The OneM2M initiative
      • Exhibit 12 – Item-level RFID use
      • Exhibit 13 – RFID spectrum frequencies and application examples
      • Exhibit 14 – Smart shopping
      • Exhibit 15 – Lifetime customer relationships
      • Exhibit 16 – Many Eyes – e-science web site example
      • Exhibit 17 – GigaPort3
      • Exhibit 18 - Key developments in the industry moving forwards
      • Exhibit 19 - How to move forwards into 2015
      • Exhibit 20 – Machine-to-machine applications and technologies, by dispersion and mobility
      • Exhibit 21 – Canada - Toronto Hydro, Google and smart metering
      • Exhibit 22 – South Korea - smart grid implementation areas
      • Exhibit 23 – South Korea - phased implementation plan of Jeju Smart Grid: 2010 - 2013

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Lead Analyst: Kylie Wansink

Contributing Analysts:

Peter Evans
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Lucia Bibolini
Henry Lancaster

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