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Smart Grid Market Opportunities: The Impact of Government Policies and Regulations

Chinese Version Report Link       Finished:2010-01-28      Product ID:E1779


Smart Grid IOT


Smart Grids represent a complete rethinking of the electricity grid technology and deployment for the needs of the 21st Century. They promise enhanced energy efficiency at a time when everyone expects energy prices to increase and they promise enhanced grid security at a time when the world remains concerned about terrorist attacks. Smart Grids also imply a modernization of the traditional grid to accommodate the unique energy generation patterns associated with alternative energy sources.

We believes that Smart Grids currently represents a major opportunity for a wide variety of businesses ranging from transmission equipment firms, through manufacturers of communications and metering equipment, down to firms that make advanced materials. However, like all major infrastructure projects, the new business revenues that are likely to flow from the deployment of Smart Grids will depend heavily on government policy. And governments in the U.S., Canada, Europe, China and Australia, among other nations and regions, are now following similar visions as a way of addressing energy independence, climate change and network survivability issues.

As a result, We believes that to fully exploit the opportunities that Smart Grids present, firms will have to have an in depth understanding of the commercial impact of government Smart Grid policies. Only through such an understanding will businesses be able to distinguish between hype and real revenue potential and be able to set realistic time frames and strategies for their Smart Grid businesses. Smart Grid firms will also have to think beyond legislation and regulation specifically aimed at Smart Grids; there will also be impacts on Smart Grid businesses stemming from more general approaches to energy policy, as we all as from communications and national defense policies.

Bearing all this in mind, the major goal of this report is to analyze and quantify the opportunities that are growing out of current policy-regulatory-legislative efforts related to the smart grid. The focus of the report is on activities in the U.S., but opportunities and activities in other major industrial countries will also be discussed. This report will be essential reading for product managers, strategic planners and marketing managers at electric transmission equipment companies, metering firms, communications equipment companies and power companies, as well as the many other kinds of firm that are becoming involved in the development of Smart Grids. In addition, we believe that the information contained in this report will be of vital interest to the policy, investment and legal communities.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
E.1 Introduction: The Smart Grid' s Background
E.1.1 Functionalities and Components
E.1.2 Regulation and Markets
E.2 Smart-Grid Policies Evolving
E.2.1 The U.S.
E.2.2 Outside the U.S.
E.3 Markets for Utility Purchases of Smart Grid Equipment and Services
E.3.1 Smart Grids, Heavy and Lite
E.3.2 State-Level Markets
E.3.3 Beyond Smart Meters
E.3.4 What to Market, and to Whom
E.3.5 Utility Markets Outside of the U.S.
E.4 Non-Utility Purchases of Smart-Grid Equipment
E.4.1 Regulation and Uncertainty
E.5 Trends in Smart-Grid Regulation
E.5.1 Costs and Benefits
E.5.2 A Sample of Dockets
E.6 Smart Grid, Regulation and the Internet
Chapter One: Introduction
1.1 Background to the Report
1.1.1 The Smart Grid: Terminology and History
1.1.2 The Smart Grid: Benefits and Opportunities
1.2 Objectives and Scope of this Report
1.3 Plan of this Report
Chapter Two: Smart-Grid Policies Evolving
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Recent Federal Law and Regulation
2.3 Smart Gridlock?
2.4. State Activities
2.4.1 California
2.4.2 Texas
2.4.3 Other States
2.4.4 Why Meters at All? Other Utilities in the U.S.
2.5 Outside the U.S.
2.5.1 European Union
2.5.2 European National Policies
2.5.3 Asia/Australia
2.5.4 Canada
2.5.5 Brazil
2.6 Conclusions
Chapter Three: Utility Purchases of Smart-Grid Equipment and Services
3.1 Introduction
3.2 The Economics and Politics of the Smart Grid
3.2.1 The Changing Character of Smart-Grid Regulatory Dockets
3.2.2 Standard Setting and the Option Value of Delay
3.3 Characterizing State-Level Markets
3.3.1 Identifying Potentially Active Markets
3.4 Beyond Smart Meters
3.4.1 Classifications
3.4.2 Prioritization and Implementation
3.5 What to Market, and to Whom
3.5.1 The Underlying Uncertainties
3.5.2 Substation and Distribution Automation
3.5.3 Communications
3.5.4 Phasors and Dynamic Rating
3.5.5 Distributed Resources
3.6 Summary
Chapter Four: Non-Utility Purchases of Smart-Grid Equipment and Services
4.1 Introduction
4.2 State Regulators and the Dimensions of Grid Reform
4.3 Delays in Standards and the Diffusion of Products
4.4 Where is Consumer Demand?
4.5 Conclusions
Chapter Five: Trends in Smart-Grid Regulation
5.1 Introduction
5.1.1 Background
5.1.2 Plan of the Chapter
5.2 Costs and Benefits
5.2.1 General Findings
5.2.2 Customer Response in Pilot Programs
5.2.3 Active Participation
5.2.4 The Value of Waiting
5.2.5 Seldom-Heard Arguments for AMI and the Smart Grid
5.3 A Sample of Dockets
5.3.1 Proceedings with Little or No Cost-Benefit Analysis
5.3.2 Costs and Benefits in California
5.3.3 Cost Overruns and Consumer Reactions
5.4 Summary and Conclusions
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used in this Report
About the Author
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 2-1: Major U.S. Utilities with AMI Commitments, State Sequence
Exhibit 3-1: State Conservation and Efficiency Programs
Exhibit 3-2: State Conservation and Efficiency Rankings

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