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As India Recovers From the Largest Blackout In History, New Focus is Brought to the Potential of the Smart Grid to Help Meter, Forecast, and Control Power Demand and Distribution

August 7, 2012

FARMINGTON, Conn., Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Last week, northern India experienced two tremendous power outages, including one of the most widespread in history, with more than 620 million people losing power for several hours or more. While it will still be weeks or months before the whole story is told, an overstressed, outdated, fragile power grid is being described as an early suspect for the root of the problem.

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The nature of the power grid has become a hotly discussed subject over the last few days, including conversations only peripherally connected to the outage itself as pundits, analysts, politicos, and industry leaders all examine the status of the market and look to the future. Some of these key conversations have included talk of this creating additional urgency and momentum for the Smart Grid, which promises to revolutionize the way power is delivered and managed.

Since the news of India’s massive power outage broke last week, GII has seen a tremendous spike in interest for power grid and general electricity market research reports, and is pleased to announce additional data available immediately from their many excellent partner publishers, including these four reports from our excellent partners:

Utility Distribution Microgrids – Private, Public Power, and Remote Utility Networks for Renewable Energy Integration, Grid Reliability, and Load Reduction: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

Electric utilities’ approaches to integrating distributed energy resources using microgrids have varied widely in recent years. Some companies view utility distribution microgrids with a skeptical eye at best, and at worst as an existential threat to their traditional business models. Meanwhile, a handful of utility innovators are moving forward with microgrid projects despite significant institutional bias and regulatory obstacles, leveraging a wide range of smart grid technologies and utilizing new architectures to pursue creative solutions for the integration of renewable energy, the improvement of grid reliability, and the reduction of peak load. These early adopters are heralding a future in which microgrids will become a more prevalent part of the distribution utility landscape.

This Pike Research report analyzes the global market opportunity for utility distribution microgrids, including applications for investor-owned utilities, public power entities, and remote utility networks. The study includes a comprehensive assessment of the market drivers and challenges, technology issues, and economics of operating microgrids in grid-tied utility environments around the world. Key industry players are profiled in depth, and market forecasts for capacity and revenue are provided by utility type and region through 2018.

An Executive Summary for this report and a free sample are available at http://www.giiresearch.com/report/pike248109-utility-distribution-microgrids-private-public.html

The Americas Market for Smart Grid Networking – 2012 Edition

The Americas Market for Smart Grid Networking – 2012 focuses specifically on the networking infrastructure and protocols used in smart grid applications. This report builds upon IMS Research’s smart metering (AMI), distribution automation (DA), and industrial networking experience to study the communications network that supports the automation of smart grids.

This report is divided into two distinct sections; the first examines the Americas market for the infrastructure that comprises the smart grid communications network. This includes such devices as managed and unmanaged switches, wired and wireless routers, AMI concentrators, relays, satellite transceivers, etc. The second section consists of a connectivity analysis of smart grid devices, including reclosers, smart meters, Volt/Var optimization equipment, and other IEDs. This analysis examines the progression from serial to ethernet, the challenges posed by conversion to IPV 6, wireless communication methods, and industrial protocols in use, with a special emphasis on ethernet protocols.

Additionally, The Americas Market for Smart Grid Networking – 2012 includes a supported applications analysis, displaying networking equipment by the subcategories of metering, substation, and feeder line automation.

An Executive Summary for this report and a free sample are available at http://www.giiresearch.com/report/iz247680-americas-market-smart-grid-networking-2012-edition.html

Grid Storage Market in China 2011-2015

The Grid Storage market in China is forecast to grow at an incredible 107.3% CAGR between 2011 and 2015. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is increased demand for power. The Grid Storage market in China has also been witnessing increased investment by the Government of China. However, loss of stored energy could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

TechNavio’s report, The Grid Storage Market in China 2011-2015, has been prepared based on an in-depth analysis of the market with inputs from industry experts. The report focuses on China; it also covers the Grid Storage market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

An Executive Summary for this report and a free sample are available at http://www.giiresearch.com/report/infi229568-grid-storage-market-china-2010-2014.html

NRG Expert Utility Metering Deployments Report and Database Ed 2 2012

Over $12 billion will be invested in 2015 alone for electricity metering, according to NRG Expert’s new Utility Metering Deployments Report and Database. This database provides readers with an in-depth insight into what is happening in this fast-growing market.

The electricity metering market segment analysis begins with an overview tab, which lists the number of units sold and the represented US$ value is presented for over 180 countries. For a further 49 countries, in separate tabs we have provided a more elaborate data set incorporating where known the market shares of the major electricity metering manufacturers. There is also a breakdown by type of meter deployed to provide an overview of the distribution of different metering tech-nologies and their deployment. Charts include: unit sales and revenue 2011-2015 and a %-pie chart of the breakdown of 2011 meter sales by type.

An Executive Summary for this report and a free sample are available at http://www.giiresearch.com/report/yd247211-world-mems-players-2012.html

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