Energy Savings and Utility Activities Around the World

The report provides information on the communication technologies being implemented, profiles of companies and organizations impacting the deployment of smart meters and smart grid, and the drivers and challenges encountered by stakeholders. It also offers an overview of the regulatory environment in Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific.

“The implementation of smart meters throughout the world has grown exponentially over the past couple of years. Approximately 100 million smart meters are projected to be deployed in Europe by 2014, and some of the key drivers impacting the deployment are similar across a number of regions,” said Parks Associates. “The development of technology, rising demand for energy and regulatory standards all play a role in upgrading the world’s antiquated electric power grids.”

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1.0   Notes on Methodology and Report Focus

1.1 Sources of Data

1.2 Focus of Report

2.0   Introduction

2.1 Definition of AMI/Smart Meter

2.2 Benefits

3.0   Common Drivers & Challenges

4.0   Pilot Programs

5.0   Lessons Learned

6.0   Smart Meter Deployments and Regulatory Practices by Country






Republic of Ireland

Northern Ireland









New Zealand

7.0   Communication Technologies

Cable (Fiber optic)


Power Line Carrier (PLC)

Tower Based Radio Signal




Insteon (SmartLabs)


LonWorks  (Echelon)




8.0   Key Players

8.1 Aclara

8.2 Echelon Corporation

8.3 Elster Group

8.4 GE

8.5 Itron Inc.

8.6 Kamstrup A/S

8.7 Landis+Gyr (L+G)

8.8 Sensus

8.9 Telvent Git S.A.

8.10  Yello Strom GmbH/Microsoft/Google

9.0   Government Organizations

9.1 Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) – U.K.

9.2 Ontario Energy Board (OEB) – Ontario, Canada

9.3 Seventh Framework Program (FP7) - Europe

Digital Environment Home Energy Management System (DEHEMS) project

SmartHouse/SmartGrid Project

9.4 Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA)

10.0 Industry Associations

10.1  Energy Retail Association – U.K.

10.2  Energy Services Network Association (ESNA)

10.3  European Smart Metering Industry Group (ESMIG)

10.4  Joint U.S.-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE)

11.0 Appendices

11.1  Appendix A: Acronyms

11.2  Appendix B: Glossary

Canada Smart Metering Activities
Belgium Smart Metering Activities
Denmark Smart Metering Activities
France Smart Metering Activities
Germany Smart Metering Activities
Ireland Smart Metering Activities
Italy Smart Metering Activities
Netherlands Smart Metering Activities
Sweden Smart Metering Activities
United Kingdom Smart Metering Activities
Australia Smart Metering Activities
China Smart Metering Activities
Japan Smart Metering Activities
Korea Smart Metering Activities
New Zealand Smart Metering Activities
Wired Backhaul Communications
Wireless Backhaul Communications
HAN Communications and Control Technologies

Publish Date: 4Q 2009

Pages: 122

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Executive Editor: Tricia Parks
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© December 2009 Parks Associates
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