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US Smart Grid to Lead World by Example − if Global Recession Doesn't Halt Plans
NEW YORK (GBI Research), 13 April 2012 - The US and the EU plan to coordinate the development of smart grid standards, if financial frugality can be overcome, according to a new report by business intelligence expert GBI Research.
The new report* states that the US plans to implement smart grid technology to reduce the national energy demand by 20%, improve system efficiency by 40% and incorporate 20% renewable sources into the total electricity capacity by 2030. However, these impressive aims may not be met if plans fail as a result of the global recession.
In 2011, the US Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the EU's Smart Grid Coordination Group (SG-CG) agreed to collaborate on smart grid standards development, joining smart grid standards between the two continents to ensure that smart grid devices and systems can be used together globally.
However, the economic crisis in the US may negatively impact upon smart grid development. The US's sovereign credit rating was reduced by the Standard and Poor's rating agency last year from `AAA' to `AA+', which will affect government loans from the World Bank or International Monetary Fund (IMF). High levels of interest will be demanded until economic stability returns to improve the US's credit rating. Long-term borrowing will therefore prove difficult, and a lack of investments required for power infrastructure may lead to risks of delays and even discontinuation.
Successful smart grid pilot projects are hoped to encourage future investments. Various ventures have been initiated in segments such as cabling technologies, sensing and measurement technologies, and customer interface technologies, in order to aid the development of smart grid. The US first showcased smart grid as a solution for energy issues, and other countries, including Brazil and India, are looking to the US before initiating their own smart grid deployment.
Power system upgradation is a long-term process, and will require significant investment from private and government sectors. If such investment is achieved, the cumulative number of units installed in the US smart meter market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18.6%, from 13.47 million units in 2010 to 74.38 million units in 2020.
*Smart Grid Market in the Americas to 2020 - US-EU Collaboration on Standards to Solve Interoperability & Data Security Issues to Encourage Innovation
This report gives an in-depth analysis of the North and South America smart grid market, covering the three major technologies: smart meters, synchrophasors and in-home displays. The report provides information on the cumulative installed units and revenue for 2010-2020 for the three technologies for the US, Canada, Brazil and Mexico. It also details smart grid policies and regulations in the four countries, and provides global smart grid market analysis, technology analysis and technology deployments for the four major technologies. The American smart grid market drivers and restraints have also been discussed.
This report was created using data and information sourced through primary and secondary research, and in-house analysis conducted by GBI Research's team of industry experts.
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