Study: Co-op utilities to spend $4.1 billion on smart grid through 2017

A new study forecasts that total smart grid expenditure for rural co-op utilities in the U.S. will reach $4.1 billion through 2017, accounting for about 10 percent of the country’s cumulative smart grid market over the next five years.

This is according to a new report by GTM Research, which anticipates that rural utilities will continue to focus on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), followed closely by distribution automation (DA) technologies.

Rural co-ops own more than 40 percent of the nation’s distribution lines and their collective service territories cover about three-quarters of the nation’s landmass.

GTM Research analyzed responses from almost one hundred top rural co-op utility executives in this report and identified the following smart grid applications as their primary areas of focus:

·      Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)

·      Distribution automation (DA)

·      Demand-side management

·      Advanced consumer services

·      HAN/BAN & on-site EMS

·      Intregration of on-site energy sources

·      Grid-connected energy storage

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