Smart grid projects in 80 percent of U.S. states


San Diego, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — November 9, 2009 – While the focus in the United States has been on the awarding of the $3.4 billion in stimulus funding, a multi-industry coalition is creating the smart grid, according to research analysts ON World.  

Including the recently announced smart grid funding awards, ON World has identified 133 smart grid projects in 45 U.S. states and territories representing 60 million households.  A few of the states with mass smart meter rollouts include Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, and Texas.

“A smart grid coalition of energy distributors, metering vendors, IT companies, telecom/broadband providers, government, and consumers has emerged,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.  “The technical scope of this effort is staggering as this coalition develops a multi-layer standards based architecture, cross industry distribution models, and next generation energy management systems.”

Developments that are driving innovation and growth of the smart grid include smart metering, as the primary focus of current smart grid projects and included in two-thirds of the recent smart grid funding awards, and home area networking for in-home energy management tools and systems and demand response activities.

ON World also notes that while it has received less attention than the recent funding awards, the public release of the “NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Release 1.0” illustrates the multi-industry collaboration for smart grid development.  With involvement from over 1500 individuals in hundreds of organizations, this effort has identified 80 relevant standards and is specifying a multi-layered architecture for the smart grid’s interconnected systems.