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The smart grid has experienced tremendous growth and market penetration since its inception. Worldwide deployments have allowed for the creation of a more efficient and reliable energy system. Growth has been achieved by individual utilities in many different areas of the electrical grid. These deployments have allowed utilities to make improvements in the optimal way for them, whether in transmission and distribution, communications, metering, or in other ways. Numerous vendors have entered the smart grid marketplace to meet this need. Companies such as SUBNET Solutions, S&C Electric Company, Trilliant, Freescale Semiconductor, AT&T, and Cooper Power Systems have played a significant role, as they have introduced products and services that have revolutionized smart grid deployments. These innovative products and services are currently shaping the development of the smart grid worldwide and will continue to develop the smart grid through 2013.

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    SMART GRID MARKETPLACE: WHERE ARE WE NOW?

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    Table of Contents

    Smart Grid Marketplace: Where Are We Now? .................... 2

    U.S. Driving Innovation ............................................................... 2

    Global Shape of the Smart Grid .............................................. 3

    Where Will 2013 Take Us? .......................................................... 4

    Q&A: Thought Leaders .............................................................. 7

    SUBNET Solutions ...................................................................... 7

    S&C Electric Company .......................................................... 7

    Trilliant ....................................................................................... 8

    Freescale Semiconductor ..................................................... 9

    AT&T ........................................................................................ 10

    Cooper Power Systems ........................................................ 11

    Special thanks to SUBNET Solutions, S&C Electric Company, Trilliant,

    Freescale Semiconductor, AT&T, and Cooper Power Systems for

    participating in this Zpryme report.

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    Smart Grid Marketplace: Where Are We Now?

    The smart grid has experienced tremendous growth and

    market penetration since its inception. Worldwide

    deployments have allowed for the creation of a more

    efficient and reliable energy system. Growth has been

    achieved by individual utilities in many different areas of

    the electrical grid. These deployments have allowed

    utilities to make improvements in the optimal way for

    them, whether in transmission and distribution,

    communications, metering, or in other ways. Numerous

    vendors have entered the smart grid marketplace to meet

    this need. Companies such as S&C Electric Company,

    Trilliant, Freescale Semi-Conductor, AT&T, and Cooper

    Power Systems have played a significant role, as they

    have introduced products and services that have

    revolutionized smart grid deployments. These innovative

    products and services are currently shaping the

    development of the smart grid worldwide and will

    continue to develop the smart grid through 2013.

    U.S. Driving Innovation

    Thanks to many progressive utilities, innovative US

    companies, and the Smart Grid stimulus program, the total

    number of smart meters in the US increased from 2.4 million

    in 2007 to 33.0 million in 2011 (see figure 1).

    US firms are helping to facilitate the development of the

    smart grid today by providing innovative products and

    services. These firms are introducing revolutionary

    products in all facets of the smart grid marketplace.

    Companies such as S&C Electric Company have been

    able to utilize pilot projects to influence the development

    of the smart grid. Other firms, such as Trilliant, have worked

    with different deployments around the world, becoming a

    global leader when it comes to smart grid implementation.

    Still other American companies, such as AT&T, have been

    able to use competencies developed in other industries to

    serve the needs of the smart grid.

    S&C Electric Company, located in Chicago, IL, has over

    100 years of experience in the electrical power market,

    with over 20 years of distribution automation experience.

    The firm provides "integrated systems leveraging intelligent

    devices.1 The firm has introduced self-healing products and participated in energy storage pilot projects, as well

    as manufactured integrated circuits that will improve the

    security of the smart grid as a whole. In 2012, the firm

    increased the maximum voltage range, thus expanding

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    Source: U.S. EIA, form EIA-861 Data, 2007 - 2011 (file 8)

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    the application range, of their IntelliRupter system. Their

    technology has actively shaped the face of today's smart

    grid deployment in places like Chattanooga, TN, where

    the IntelliRupter is expected to reduce outage durations

    by at least 40%. In fact, Chattanooga has been hailed as

    a success story, where implementing a smart grid has

    allowed for increased economic growth, a reduced

    number of power outages, and a more reliable grid,

    creating "the country's most automated smart grid of its

    size."2

    Another American firm that has offered innovative

    products and services for the smart grid market is Trilliant,

    based in Redwood City, CA. Trilliant leads the industry with

    its communications platform, which integrates disparate systems into a unified whole. Trilliant has partnered with numerous firms worldwide, allowing Trilliant to expand

    internationally. Trilliant has learned from these experiences

    and continually improves their product offering, thus

    driving innovation of the smart grid communications

    market. In addition, by working with firms around the

    world, Trilliant's products are being used by utilities

    worldwide, thus shaping the development of the smart

    grid in different nations around the world.3

    AT&T has been able to influence the development of the

    smart grid worldwide. AT&T originally focused on the

    telephone industry, then refined their services to serve the

    smart grid. AT&T has innovatively created the AT&T

    wireless mesh network, utilized by utilities around the world

    today. AT&T has been able to successfully leverage its

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    experience in the telephone market to offer progressive

    and innovative products to the international smart grid

    market, thus influencing the development of the smart

    grid.

    Global Shape of the Smart Grid

    One of the most developed regions of the world is Europe.

    Europe's deployment has been driven by EU directives and

    sustainability goals. The 3rd Energy Package, for example,

    establishes the joint goal of 80% automation of electric

    meters by 2020.4 However, individual nations are able to

    design the best way for them to fulfill these goals. This has

    created a varied degree of deployment, with some

    countries significantly more advanced than others. The

    Netherlands announced 100% smart meter deployment by

    2012. Norway is currently installing smart meters for 2.6

    million customers by 2013.5 In Italy, smart meters have

    been deployed to a large degree and demonstration

    projects have focused on medium-voltage distribution

    lines, advanced network management and automation.

    Spain is replacing every electrical meter with smart meters,

    as well as deploying advanced meter management by

    2015.6 Although each nation designs its deployment with

    its own goals in mind, each nation is also focusing on a

    more efficient grid, both for their nation and for Europe as

    a whole.

    4 smartgridsherpa.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/smart-grid-developments_end-