Pike Research have released data showing that smart meter and smart grid deployments worldwide have increased considerably in 2011, especially in North America. Some larger projects have been announced abd key vendors have been selected to provide meters, communications moodules and meter data management services.
Pike Research’s analysis shows that global smart meter shipments reached 19.2 million in 3Q 2011. That represents a 5.3% increase over 2Q 2011.
Senior Analyst Neil Strother says, “Consumers Energy chose SmartSynch to help it build an AMI system for 1.8 million customers in Michigan; and in Canada, BC Hydro selected Itron to supply 1.8 million new meters over the next two years, while Hydro-Quebec chose Landis+Gyr to supply the bulk of the 3.75 million smart meters it plans to deploy over the next five years. Global smart grid deployments continue to enjoy strong growth momentum, particularly those involving smart meter rollouts. Projects continue to expand in the United States and Canada, and we are seeing the beginning stages of a massive smart meter deployment in China.”
The data shows that Landis+Gyr maintained its leadership in North America with a 25% share of cumulative smart meter vendor selections, including its deal with Hydro-Quebec. In second place was Itron with 22% cumulative utility selections and in joint third place were Sensus and GE Energy, each having a 16% share.
The Tracker is updated quarterly and provides a detailed analysis of worldwide utility smart grid and smart meter programs.
An executive summary of the report is available for free download on the firm’s website www.pikeresearch.com