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The Muni Smart Grid 2012: A Survey of Utility Deployment, Expenditure and Strategy

For the past two years, GTM Research, in collaboration with the Municipal Smart Grid Summit (MSGS), has conducted a survey of key decision-makers from a diverse group of municipal utilities in order to provide insight into this key emerging market segment. The findings presented in this report are based on a 37-question survey.

Municipal utilities are a fragmented, albeit important demographic, largely neglected by the initial surge of smart grid spending in the United States. With more than 75% of investor-owned utilities already pursuing grid modernization initiatives, including advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution automation (DA) and other technologies, GTM Research anticipates the next wave of smart grid expenditures will be led by municipal utilities, accounting for close to $7 billion through 2017.

Furthermore, the initial wave of smart grid deployments in the United States had a steep learning curve, forcing many utilities to adopt a ‘learning by doing’ approach that has resulted in a fragmented vendor ecosystem and disparate networks. Integration will be the key to addressing the municipal market and the vendors most capable of integrating legacy hardware and networks will stand to benefit the most. We also anticipate strong demand for next generation applications, which leverage the capabilities of AMI and legacy AMR systems at early-adopter utilities. Not surprisingly, AMI continues to drive smart grid investment and is still widely regarded as the most important smart grid application by municipal utilities, followed closely by distribution automation.

FIGURE: What Do You Consider to Be the Most Important Applications of a Smart Grid?

This 45-page survey was conducted and published in conjunction with Municipal Smart Grid Summit (MSGS).

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Zach currently serves as a senior analyst on the Grid team at GTM Research. Prior to GTM, Zach worked at Bloomberg, where he spent part of his tenure at New Energy Finance, contributing to the research and insight stream on the energy smart technologies team as well as consulting on a project for a leading global investment bank. Prior to Bloomberg, he served as a consultant at HydroEnviromental solutions, an environmental consulting and engineering firm. Zach graduated Cum Laude from Cornell University with a BS in Natural Resources and a minor in Nutritional Science. At Cornell, his undergraduate research focused on the policy issues surrounding the development and commercialization of alternative fuel vehicles in the United States. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science at Columbia University with a concentration on energy and sustainability.

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Ben is a Senior Grid Analyst for GTM Research, specializing in Distribution Automation, Network Management and Renewables Integration markets. He previously worked as a research analyst for Knwldg Houston, 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. He has become a leading voice for the industry as the author of the definitive report, Distribution Automation 2012-2016: Technologies and Strategies for a Digital Grid. Ben also keynoted the 2011 Rural Smart Grid Summit and has moderated conference panels and hosted industry webinars with GTM Research / Greentech Media. Ben has been a smart grid contributor on CNN Money and NPR. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.

Follow Ben Kellison on Twitter: @benkellison

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