Distribution Automation Communication Networks: Strategies and Market Outlook, 2012-2016
With much of the smart grid M&A over the past two years centering on acquisition of communications companies, GTM Research forecasts the cumulative market for U.S. private distribution automation (DA) communications systems to be between $600 million and $1.8 billion through 2016. Because automation of distribution systems, substations and transmission grids offers more rapid and greater return on investments than smart meter programs, we believe that the (largely undeveloped) DA market represents the greatest opportunity to reap the benefits of the smart grid.
FIGURE: Distribution Automation Communications Taxonomy
Source: GTM Research
This 116-page report assesses the tangled and nascent U.S. market for the communications networks that enable DA, providing descriptions of technologies and applications, market forecasts, and case studies in order to facilitate market entry. The report also provides 30 comprehensive vendor profiles, as well as highlighting planning and implementation of utilities, including Alabama Power Corp., Arizona Public Service Co., Burbank Water and Power, Consolidated Edison, Consumers Energy, Duke Energy, Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, Hydro One, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison.