Press Release

Massive India Power Outage Brings Focus onto Global Power Infrastructure Weaknesses: What Other Regions Are At Risk?

August 2nd, 2012

Indias massive power failure is driving investors, regulators, entrepreneurs, and businesses up and down the supply chain to take a closer look at the global electrical infrastructure to determine what other regions are at risk, and what can be done to alleviate disaster, mitigate exposure to risk, or capitalize on the opportunities that are becoming available as nations respond.

On Monday, northern India experienced a tremendous power outage, one of the most widespread in history. Yesterday, that outage was surpassed by double as half the nation - more than 620 million people - lost power for several hours. While it will still be weeks or months before the whole story is told, an overstressed, outdated, fragile power grid is being described as an early suspect for the root of the problem.

On Monday, Global Information Inc (GII) issued a scheduled announcement of a host of new market research reports on the topic of electrification and power grid supply and maintenance market trends. In just the first two months of their partnership, GII and their newest electricity market partner publisher StatPlan Energy Limited made available a number of new, uniquely-sourced reports, including:

Since the news of Indias massive power outage broke yesterday, GII has a tremendous spike in interest for power grid and general electricity market research reports, and is pleased to announce additional data available immediately from their many excellent partner publishers, including these three reports:

Emerging Power Markets in South-East Asia, Middle East and Africa to 2020: Governments Restructuring Reforms Encouraging Private Participation will Enhance Price Competition and Efficiency

The growing economies and population of emerging nations mean that huge investment is needed for these power markets to meet demand, according to a new report by energy sector analysts GBI Research.

The report concludes that countries across South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East have been amending regulatory frameworks and embarking on privatization, as many of them are in serious need of external funding to ensure that their respective electricity industries are capable of dealing with the inevitable surge in demand.

The cumulative installed power capacity for these regions, according to 2012 estimates, will be 212 Gigawatts (GW). However, GBI Research expects this figure to shoot up to 349 GW by 2020, climbing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.4%.

This report gives an in-depth analysis of power markets in seven of South-East Asia, Middle East and African countries, with forecasts through 2020.

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at

China Grid-Scale Energy Storage: Technologies & Markets, 2012-2016

In 2012, Chinas electric grid will become the largest in the world in terms of both installed generation capacity and electricity produced. China also possesses the worlds largest installed wind power base and the worlds largest declared investment in renewable energy. These facts alone suggest that China is also the most attractive market for energy storage in the world, even though China currently has just 4% of the worldwide energy storage capacity.

With strong government support and steadily improving technology, this report forecasts the Chinese energy storage market to grow to a $500 million by 2016. This 142-page report analyzes the markets outlook with a realistic assessment of the policy, market and technical barriers that energy storage faces.

Sample charts, an Executive Summary of this analysis, and a free sample of the full report are available at

High-Voltage Direct Current Transmission Systems: HVDC System Planning, Economic and Technology Issues, Market Drivers and Uncertainties, and Key Industry Players: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

Like much of the electricity grid, high-voltage transmission systems in service today rely on many of the same technologies that existed at their conception over 100 years ago. In the last 20 years, however, transmission technologies have benefited from a new stage of innovation. Today over two-thirds of new large-scale transmission systems planned or under construction are high-voltage direct current (HVDC) systems. HVDC systems are an essential component of grid buildouts to meet the growth in demand for electricity. Around the world, HVDC is being relied upon to integrate large amounts of intermittent renewable energy capacity, as well as rapid capacity expansions of bulk power transmission to meet vibrant economic growth in the developing world.

HVDC systems are, by nature, very capital intensive and in many world regions they are driven by government programs. In other regions, planned HVDC systems are at the mercy of capital availability and balkanized regulatory frameworks. These factors, combined with the uncertainties of the global economy, lead Pike Research to the conclusion that there is likely to be a significant gap between the planned level of investment in HVDC systems and the investment level that will actually happen. Pike Researchs analysis indicates that the actual range of investment in HVDC through 2020 will be between $110 and $120 billion, even though planned cumulative investment in HVDC amounts to nearly $220 billion.

An Executive Summary, table of contents, and a free sample of the full report are available at

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