Smart grid implementation up 25 percent in past year, industry survey finds


Jon C. Arnold,
Managing Director
Worldwide Power
and Utilities Industry,
San Antonio, TX, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 27, 2012 – There has been a 25 percent increase over last year in the number of utilities companies that have implemented smart grid technology, according to the Microsoft/OSIsoft Worldwide Utility Industry Survey for 2012.

The survey also found that 28 percent of companies surveyed are in the planning phase, but 24 percent still have not started adopting any smart grid technology. However, 63 percent of participants expect their budgets for these technologies to increase over the next two or three years.

The survey polled 216 electric, gas and water utility professionals around the world and is aimed to highlight the challenges utilities face as they move from planning to actual smart grid implementation. Nearly 20 percent of those surveyed said technical issues kept them from moving forward, which was a larger group than in last year’s survey.

“This year’s survey shows that more and more utilities companies are adding new devices to the grid and incorporating new data sets into their operational capabilities,” said Jon C. Arnold, managing director for the Worldwide Power and Utilities Industry at Microsoft. “However, many of these same organizations are encountering significant interoperability and integration challenges. Leveraging technology and architectures that are adaptable removes many of the technology risks.”
The survey indicated that 72 percent of respondents do not have an enterprisewide scalable architecture in place to support current and future smart grid deployments.