This IDC Energy Insights report discusses how mobile communications infrastructure is used to support utility smart grids. We focus on the benefits created and the challenges utilities face when considering wireless wide area network-based commercial services and equipment. We present the network services and equipment opportunities in the context of the distribution (area) grid, which spans from the distribution substation to the customer premise, and the hotbed of smart grid investment.
In this report, we further provide short utility case studies on how cellular WWAN using the 3G and 4G technology is used at Duke Energy, ECOtality, TNMP, and CPS Energy. Readers will find answers to questions like:
- What communication network technologies options utilities should consider to implement smart grid in the core distribution network?
- How LTE and other technologies can play a role in future utility smart grid communication networks?
- Where will commercial cellular using LTE and earlier-generation technologies be most readily adopted in the near term?
Marcus Torchia, research manager of Smart Grid Strategies, explains, "As public mobile operator networks continue to expand and improve the reliability on their mobile data networks, utilities are increasingly exploring and supporting smart grid applications on public networks. Meanwhile, machine-to-machine (M2M) connections are proliferating, creating an expanding market for innovative solutions that can address both the buy and the build decisions utilities are making to realize their smart grid."
Table of Contents
iDC Energy Insights Opinion
In This Study
Role of Communication Networks
Carriers Driving Change and Adoption
Strengths of Commercial Cellular for Smart Grids
LTE/Cellular Infrastructure as a Private Network
Figure: Smart Grid Communication Network Landscape
Business Strategy: The Developing Role of Commercial Cellular Technology in the Smart Grid published by IDC Energy Insights in June 26, 2012. This report consists of Pages: 17 and the price starts from US $ 4500.
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