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Distribution Automation 2012-2016: Technologies and Strategies for a Digital Grid

With utilities investing a significant amount of capital into infrastructure, communications, and software for the distribution grid, GTM Research publishes an in-depth analysis on the requirements, technologies and strategies that are ushering in the new age of distribution automation (DA). 

Current utility DA upgrades are just beginning to scratch the surface of what will be required to support the proliferation of distributed renewables and electric vehicles. New capacitor banks, voltage regulators, and load tap changers, along with the retrofit of older units with monitoring and control modules to allow for feeder, substation, or system-wide coordination will be crucial for the next-gen grid. The three large California IOUs already plan to spend more than $700 million on enabling feeder automation and VVO over the next decade, and seventeen utilities receiving stimulus funds have spent $46 million on automated capacitor banks and automated voltage regulators. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also helped 32 utilities fund $43 million in automated switch purchases from the first quarter of 2009 through the second quarter of 2011. These investments are just the beginning, as GTM Research forecasts the annual DA market in the U.S. to reach roughly $3 billion per year by 2015. 

Figure: Selected DA Projects in the U.S. by Utility and DA Technology

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At nearly 150 pages, this report is the leading resource for understanding the DA market's opportunity, economics and competitive landscape. The report includes market forecasts through 2016 for automated switches, capacitor banks, reclosers, substation transformer monitors, voltage regulators, distribution management system (DMS) platforms, fault location, isolation, and service restoration (FLISR) applications, and volt/VAR optimization applications. It also examines utility-specific DA project economics. In addition, GTM Research compares and profiles over 20 of the leading DA vendors. 

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Ben is the Director of Grid Research for GTM Research, specializing in Distribution Automation, Network Management and Renewables Integration markets. He previously worked as a research analyst for Knwldg Houston, formerly a green energy and healthcare consulting firm, where his research focused on AMI deployment and smart grid regulatory policy. Prior to Knwldg Houston, Ben was a policy intern with Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates where he performed research for energy, transportation, and defense clients.

He has authored multiple studies on the smart grid market, concentrating on policy evolution, technology innovation, the market's competitive landscape and project economics. Ben has delivered keynote presentations for multiple industry conferences, moderated and participated in panels covering a variety of topics, and regularly hosts industry webinars with GTM Research / Greentech Media. Ben has been a smart grid contributor on CNN Money, NPR, and the Texas Tribune. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science

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value added elements

  • DA technology analysis and utility-side DA business solutions.
  • The technical and investment obstacles of DA implementation.
  • Utility-specific DA strategies and project examples.
  • U.S. market forecast for DA products to 2016 (includes automated switches, capacitor banks, reclosers, substation transformer monitors, voltage regulators, DMS platforms, FLISR applications, and volt/VAR optimization applications).
  • DA market taxonomy examining competitive landscape and strategic market opportunity.
  • Vendor-specific M&A, investment and partnership analysis in DA market.

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