Smart Grid Distribution Automation Revenue Will Surpass $11 Billion by 2020, Forecasts Navigant Research

  Smart Grid Distribution Automation Revenue Will Surpass $11 Billion by 2020,
  Forecasts Navigant Research

Business Wire

BOULDER, Colo. -- July 8, 2013

In the context of smart grid deployments today, distribution automation (DA)
refers to intelligent distribution systems that are fully controllable and
flexible, and that can help operate the grid more efficiently due to their
embedded intelligence. The lessons learned from smart grid pilots over the
last 5 years are leading to proven reliability improvements and verified grid
efficiencies, which in turn have become powerful drivers for growth in the DA
market. According to a new report from Navigant Research, revenue from
distribution automation systems will grow from $6.3 billion in 2013 to more
than $11.3 billion in 2020.

“The global market for distribution automation is diverse, dynamic and
growing,” says Kristoffer Torvik, senior research analyst with Navigant
Research. “As annual utility spending reaches and exceeds $10 billion in the
coming years, opportunities will vary significantly by region and application.
Although low voltage applications contribute most significantly to growth in
DA, medium voltage automation constitutes the majority of the overall volume.”

DA technology can play a critical role in outage recovery, delivering the
capability to sense and pinpoint faults, reroute power flows through dynamic
sectionalizing, and even provide key location information back to line crews
to speed repair and recovery. Collectively, this type of application is called
fault location, isolation, and service restoration (FLISR). However, few
distribution feeders in North America currently have such capability, largely
because the cost of rollout has traditionally been too high. According to the
report, as interest in DA continues to grow, FLISR will be a key application
area, particularly in North America and in other regions as well.

The report, “Distribution Automation,” analyzes the global market trends for
low voltage and medium voltage automation and communication. The technical
discussion revolves around the intelligent electronic devices inside and
outside the substation fence and the functional evolution of distribution
automation. The report provides a comprehensive assessment of the demand
drivers, business cases, regional differences, and technology issues that are
shaping the DA market. Key industry players are profiled in depth, and
worldwide revenue and capacity forecasts, segmented by application and region,
extend through 2020. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free
download on the Navigant Research website.

About Navigant Research

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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report,
“Distribution Automation,” is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s
current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market
predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may
differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report.
Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the
assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to
create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any
obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or
the report.


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