2015 Global Smart Infrastructure - Gravitating Towards Smart Grids and M2M

Publication Overview

There are now several countries around the world which are putting smart infrastructure central to their energy policies as they see this as a link to various innovation developments. Telecoms companies are demonstrating particular interest in Smart Energy developments due to the heavy reliance on M2M and sensor technology. This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments for the Global Smart Grid and M2M movements. The report analyses the key issues, challenges and opportunities, supported by examples where available. It includes a valuable case study on Australia, which is often internationally used as an example of industry reform. It also includes brief insights into smart grid developments from selected countries around the world.

Subjects include:

  • Global smart grid trends and statistics;
  • Global smart meter trends and statistics;
  • Analysis of telcos and new opportunities;
  • The role of M2M and in terms of telcos;
  • Case study on smart energy in Australia;
  • Brief insights into smart energy developments in selected countries.

Reserachers:- Kylie Wansink, Paul Budde, Henry Lancaster, Peter Evans.
Current publication date:- October 2015 (5th Edition)

Executive Summary

The smart energy revolution

There is no doubt that we are in the midst of an energy revolution. Not only is the nature of energy changing from fossil-generated energy to renewable – there is a total change in the distribution structure occurring with less focus on centralisation and more on distributed energy.

Concerns about issues such as energy security, environmental sustainability, and economic competitiveness are triggering a shift in energy policy, technology and consumer focus. This, in turn, is making it necessary to move on from the traditional energy business models.

Disruption is happening and the challenge for the electricity industry is to run with it. However in some cases it is hard for the electricity industry to take a leadership role due to current government policies, regulations and its own outdated business models which are inhibiting change. Where we do see leadership and innovation is in places where cities are still operating their own electricity networks.

Smart energy signifies a system that is more integrated and scalable, and which extends through the distribution system, from businesses and homes and back to the sources of energy. A smarter energy system has sensors and controls embedded into its fabric. Because it is interconnected, there is a two-way flow of information and energy across the network, including information on pricing and usage, for example. In addition to this, it is intelligent, making use of proactive analytics and automation to transform data into insights and efficiently manage resources.

This links with the telecoms development known as M2M or the ‘internet of things’ (IOT). The telecoms companies are looking at the broader market of M2M as a key revenue earner for the future and BuddeComm estimates that sensors and other devices installed within energy infrastructure will constitute 40%-50% of the overall M2M market. So the electricity sector is a key target market for telcos which are transforming for the future and operating in the M2M space.

Customers are beginning to have an influence on the direction of the energy industry, similar to what we have seen in the telecoms industry. Customers will play an increasingly decisive role, as co-investors, on where the market will be going. This will drive the development of new consumer products and services (similar to the impact of the smartphone on the telecoms industry).

With a better understanding of the complexity involved in the transformation of the electricity industry the words ‘smart or future 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 mobile and fixed broadband networks start to converge with smart grid developments.

Key developments:

  • The transition from the old silo-based energy economy to the new open-ended, interconnected one is very complex, and this transition will be challenging.
  • It is only a matter of time before disruptive sharing developments will take place in the electricity industry.
  • A lot has been said about the disruptive effect that rooftop solar systems and distributed energy will have on traditional energy systems, but the emergence of smart technology and software may be an even bigger threat.
  • Negawatts’, where energy is not consumed, rather than megawatts, is emerging as a major focus of industry analysts. While the rollout of solar systems may be highly disruptive, the biggest battles may be fought over software and other gadgets that will further lower the demand for centralised fossil-fuel generation.
  • Several organisations are now including M2M-based smarts in many of their consumer products: smart TVs, smart cars, smart fridges, smart homes appliances, home-energy management systems, security products, and so on. This is great news for the industry as it opens up a whole new area of telecoms and ICT in general.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Smart grid and smart meter trends, statistics, analysis
    • 1.1 The future of the electricity industry
      • 1.1.1 Consequences for the electricity industry
    • 1.2 The energy revolution
    • 1.3 Smart grids analysis
      • 1.3.1 Smart Grid 2.0
    • 1.4 Smart energy for the future
      • 1.4.1 Why solar may not be the biggest threat to energy utilities
    • 1.5 Smart grid vision
      • 1.5.1 Smart grids in need of strategic plans
      • 1.5.2 Trans-sector policies and an holistic approach required
    • 1.6 Global smart grid market
      • 1.6.1 Overview
      • 1.6.2 Smart grid equipment statistics
      • 1.6.3 Smart grid benefits and challenges
      • 1.6.4 Smart grid market value and investment
      • 1.6.5 Smart grid cyber security
      • 1.6.6 Examples of smart grid projects and deployments
      • 1.6.7 Partnerships and consolidation
      • 1.6.8 Smart grids and mobile technology
    • 1.7 Disruptive developments in smart grids
    • 1.8 Global smart meter market
      • 1.8.1 Smart meter shipments and installed base
      • 1.8.2 Smart meter revenues
      • 1.8.3 Smart meter deployment
    • 1.9 Where are the government leaders?
      • 1.9.1 No smart grids without government leadership
      • 1.9.2 Confusion regarding regulations
      • 1.9.3 Muni Smart Grids
    • 1.10 Remember the consumer
      • 1.10.1 Delighting and exciting electricity customers
      • 1.10.2 What’s in it for the customer?
    • 1.11 A concept, not a single technology
    • 1.12 M2M a key component
      • 1.12.1 From SCaDa to IoT
  • 2. M2M is a key opportunity for the Telcos
    • 2.1 Telcos Look for new opportunities
      • 2.1.1 Transforming the telecoms industry
      • 2.1.2 Telcos have already lost the current OTT battle
      • 2.1.3 The demand and supply imbalance in telecoms
      • 2.1.4 Vested interests
      • 2.1.5 The digital business buzzword is also ‘transformation’
      • 2.1.6 What will be driving these new investments?
      • 2.1.7 Hot sectors for OTT services
      • 2.1.8 How to move forward?
      • 2.1.9 Conclusion: Telecoms – where will the money come from?
    • 2.2 Smart grids and M2M play a key role
      • 2.2.1 Analysis of the M2M and IoT market in 2015
      • 2.2.2 Key issues that will make or break the M2M market
  • 3. Smart energy the next frontier – case study Australia
    • 3.1 Insights into smart energy from Australia
      • 3.1.1 Australia industry analysis mid 2015
      • 3.1.2 SGA industry analysis
      • 3.1.3 Disruptive retail plan for renewable energy
      • 3.1.4 Australian smart grids from a global perspective
      • 3.1.5 Key analyses: Australia
      • 3.1.6 Smart technologies challenging traditional energy scenarios
      • 3.1.7 The business case for solar energy is getting closer
      • 3.1.8 Key developments Australia
      • 3.1.9 Surveys and statistics
      • 3.1.10 Industry reform
  • 4. Brief insights into smart grid developments from around the world
    • 4.1 South korea
      • 4.1.1 smart grids
      • 4.1.2 Smart grid: new laws
      • 4.1.3 Smart grid stages: 2010 - 2030
      • 4.1.4 Five smart grid implementation areas
      • 4.1.5 Jeju Island
      • 4.1.6 Smart cities
    • 4.2 Hong Kong
      • 4.2.1 Smart Grids
      • 4.2.2 Smart Cities
    • 4.3 China
      • 4.3.1 Smart grids
      • 4.3.2 Electricity growth projections for China
      • 4.3.3 Smart grids – China investments
      • 4.3.4 State Grid Corporation
    • 4.4 Mexico
      • 4.4.1 Smart grids
      • 4.4.2 Smart grid technology
    • 4.5 New Zealand
    • 4.6 Norway
    • 4.7 Qatar
    • 4.8 Canada
      • 4.8.1 Ontario
      • 4.8.2 Alberta
      • 4.8.3 Québec
      • 4.8.4 British Columbia
      • 4.8.5 New Brunswick
      • 4.8.6 Saskatchewan
    • 4.9 Netherlands
    • Table 1 - International electricity price table comparison – 2013 - 2014
    • Table 2 – Value of the global smart grid market – 2012 - 2020
    • Table 3 – Investment in the global smart grid market – 2012 - 2014
    • Table 4 – Smart meter installed base – leading countries - 2020
    • Table 5 – Global M2M module market– 2011; 2012; 2015; 2018
    • Table 6 – Global M2M connections – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 7 – Smart grid investment to 2015
    • Table 8 – Smart grid technology market revenue – 2012- 2020
    • Chart 1 – Global smart grid market at a glance – 2012 - 2020
    • Exhibit 1 - ITU approves smart grid standards
    • Exhibit 2 – UN Climate Change Summit – Report from New York City 2014
    • Exhibit 3 – The G20 Summit and Energy Efficiency – Brisbane 2014
    • Exhibit 4 – Smart grid applications
    • Exhibit 5 – Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF)
    • Exhibit 6 - International Smart Grid Action Network
    • Exhibit 7 – Challenges smart grids can address
    • Exhibit 8 – Field trials led by FINESCE
    • Exhibit 9 – Smart grid implementation areas
    • Exhibit 10 – Phased implementation plan of Jeju Smart Grid: 2010 - 2013
    • Exhibit 11 – Examples of leading smart meter manufacturers
    • Exhibit 12 – Replacing old electricity meters
    • Exhibit 13 - Smart grid as a cloud service
    • Exhibit 14 – Telstra leading the global telco move towards the OTT model
    • Exhibit 15 – WCIT-12 disappoints, more work to be done
    • Exhibit 16 – The first major M2M alliances
    • Exhibit 17 – The OneM2M initiative
    • Exhibit 18 - Key developments in the industry moving forward
    • Exhibit 19 - How to move forward
    • Exhibit 20 - Example - Solar PV
    • Exhibit 21 – Smart grid implementation areas
    • Exhibit 22 – Phased implementation plan of Jeju Smart Grid: 2010 - 2013
    • Exhibit 23 – Toronto Hydro, Google and smart metering

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Last updated 28 Oct 2015
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Lead Analyst: Kylie Wansink

Contributing Analysts:

Paul Budde
Peter Evans
Henry Lancaster

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