Smart meter shipments decline slightly during 2013

Boulder, CO, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 2, 2013 – Smart meter shipments in the first half of 2013 grew in comparison to the last half of 2012 – but there was a slight decline from 25.9 million meters in 1Q 2013 to 25.5 million meters in 2Q 2013, due to a lull in announcements for large new smart grid projects, according to Navigant Research’s latest Smart Grid Deployment Tracker.

Particularly in North America, the pace of meter shipments has continued to slow down from the previous quarters. Many smart metering projects that had been fueled by U.S. federal stimulus money came to an end. As a result, there were few large-scale smart meter deployments announced in North America during the first half of 2013. The exception was Commonwealth Edison in Illinois, which said it would finally move ahead with the deployment of nearly 4 million smart meters after winning government approval.

Outside of North America, other regional markets have made smart grid investments. The United Kingdom has mandated a full rollout of smart meters and other smart grid improvements to deregulated utilities. Spanish utilities continue to deploy smart meters in sizeable volumes, and France is just at the beginning of its large nationwide deployment. Asia-Pacific leads the market in terms of the volume of smart meter installations, with China aggressively rolling out smart meters (with varying levels of technology), and Japan is moving closer to large scale deployments as it deals with energy supply issues.

According to the Tracker at the end of 2Q 2013 in North America, Landis+Gyr maintained its leading position among meter vendors, with a 25% cumulative share of planned meters. Similar to recent quarters, General Electric and Itron followed closely behind Landis+Gyr with 20% vendor selection share. At the end of 2Q 2013, GE was selected by Commonwealth Edison to supply meters for its rollout across Chicago, boosting its share for the quarter.

In all, according to the Tracker, total shipments for 3Q 2012-2Q 2013 amounted to 97.7 million meters. In 2Q 2013 approximately 89% of shipments were in China, 7% in North America, 2% in Europe and the rest of Asia-Pacific, and fractions of a percent in Latin America and Africa.