Global Smart Meter Shipments Nearing 20 Million

Author: Spencer Ogden
Date posted05/Jan/2012
Author: Spencer Ogden

New data from Pike Research shows that smart meter and smart grid deployments worldwide have increased notably in 2011, particularly in North America. Several large projects have been announced and key vendors have been selected to provide utilities with meters, communications modules, and meter data management services. According to Pike Research’s analysis, global smart meter shipments reached 19.2 million in 3Q 2011, which represents a 5.3% increase over 2Q 2011.

According to Pike’s Smart Grid Deployment Tracker report, Q2 and Q3 of 2011 included advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) smart meter announced deployments covering several million customers from three major utilities in North America. “Consumers Energy chose SmartSynch to help it build an AMI system for 1.8 million customers in Michigan; and in Canada, BC Hydro selected Itron to supply 1.8 million new meters over the next two years, while Hydro-Quebec chose Landis+Gyr to supply the bulk of the 3.75 million smart meters it plans to deploy over the next five years.” 
Senior analyst Neil Strother adds: “Global smart grid deployments continue to enjoy strong growth momentum, particularly those involving smart meter rollouts. Projects continue to expand in the United States and Canada, and we are seeing the beginning stages of a massive smart meter deployment in China.”

The data collected by Pike Research also found that Landis+Gyr maintained its leadership in North America with a 25 percent share of cumulative smart meter vendor selections, including its deal with Hydro-Quebec. Itron was in second place with 22 percent of cumulative utility selections, with Sensus and GE Energy tied for third place, each having a 16 percent share.

Pike Research’s Smart Grid Deployment Tracker is updated quarterly and provides detailed analysis of worldwide utility smart grid and smart meter programs including tracking of customer endpoints, metering vendors, communications vendors, and systems integrators. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the firm’s website: