US Smart Grid Market Forecast: 2010-2015

by David J. Leeds

The pace of Smart Grid integration and related technology advancement is increasing in the US due to looming generation burdens from renewables build-out and emerging networked grid applications like electric vehicles. This new power scenario has placed the onus on utilities to integrate Smart Grid technology to cope with load management and next-gen obstacles such as 'green blackouts'. 

In this report, GTM Research anticipates the Smart Grid market to grow from $5.6 billion in 2010 to $9.6 billion in 2015.  We formulate this forecast by compiling outlooks for the following submarket segments: advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution automation (DA), home area networks (HAN) and smart utility enterprise.  In addition, the report examines the factors that will lead to continued smart meters rollout in the near future; we anticipate a 48% national deployment by 2015.

US Smart Grid Market Forecast, 2010-2015

Source: GTM Research

However, the eventual build-out of the true Smart Grid must also include adding communications capabilities and intelligence to the actual distribution grid, as well as the back-end utility systems, in order to make greatest use of this newly generated data.  While these deployments will take decades to reach full penetration, utility executives are beginning to recognize that a robust communications architecture will be the backbone upon which all future applications will be built, and that without a smart enterprise, the nation's grids will not be sufficiently intelligent to proactively manage demand, re-route power around disturbances, integrate distributed renewables and electric transportation, and most importantly, to continue to offer reliable and affordable electricity. 

U.S. Smart Grid Market Forecast, 2010-2015 analyzes the evolving issues of the Smart Grid industry.  GTM Research's analysis includes the most critical market trends, a detailed forecast of the market over the next five years, and provides an update of our Smart Grid Vendor Taxonomy, in addition to offering insight into how different players and sub-markets are positioned to move forward.

David J. Leeds Chief Smart Grid Analyst


David Leeds directs the smart grid research practice at GTM Research. He has guest lectured on the subject at MIT, Stanford, and The Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania).

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