A new study forecasts that total smart grid expenditure for rural co-op utilities in the U.S. will reach $4.1 billion through 2017, accounting for about 10 percent of the country's cumulative smart grid market over the next five years.
This is according to a new report by GTM Research, which anticipates that rural utilities will continue to focus on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), followed closely by distribution automation (DA) technologies.
Rural co-ops own more than 40 percent of the nation's distribution lines and their collective service territories cover about three-quarters of the nation's landmass.
GTM Research analyzed responses from almost one hundred top rural co-op utility executives in this report and identified the following smart grid applications as their primary areas of focus:
· Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)
· Distribution automation (DA)
· Demand-side management
· Advanced consumer services
· HAN/BAN & on-site EMS
· Intregration of on-site energy sources
· Grid-connected energy storage