Smart Metering in North Amercia Report: AcIara, Itron, and Landis+Gyr Continue to Dominate the North American Market - Penetration of Smart Electricity Meters Set to Increase Above 94% in 2029

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Smart metering is widely regarded as the cornerstone for future smart grids and is currently being deployed all over the developed world, with a growing number of large-scale initiatives now also being launched in developing countries. Asia-Pacific constitutes the largest market by far while North America ranks as the third largest market after Europe. North America and Europe are two highly dynamic market regions that saw a wave of massive smart metering projects being launched or completed during the first half of the past decade. Several major utilities in these regions are thus now preparing for a second-wave of deployments to take off, driven by new smart meter functionalities and smart energy use-cases.

The research forecasts that the installed base of smart electricity meters in North America will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.8% throughout the forecast period, from 145.9 million in 2023 to a total of 182.9 million in 2029. The installed base of smart electricity meters in the US reached 130.6 million in 2023, while the installed base of smart electricity meters in Canada reached 15.4 million in the same year. The penetration of smart electricity meters is higher in Canada compared to the US however this difference is expected to continuously shrink until 2029 when the countries are forecasted to have penetration rates of 96% and 94% respectively.

North America was the first region in the world to move beyond traditional energy metering through the widespread introduction of AMR which started in the 1980s. Today, intelligent grids are becoming an integral part of the development of smart cities, and smart meters' ability to improve the reliability and resilience of energy supply constitutes an important driver of growth in the region. A significant majority of the large investor-owned utilities in North America are now either fully deployed or in the implementation or planning phases of large-scale projects, and a second-wave of deployments is now on the horizon for the early adopters.

The penetration of smart electricity meters in the region was around 80% in 2023 and expected to increase to above 94% in 2029, mostly driven by large investor-owned utility projects in the US as the relatively mature market in Canada is only expected to see moderate growth. In terms of total shipments of smart electricity meters, second-wave rollouts for early adopters are ramping up and will grow their share of annual shipment volumes throughout the forecast period, accounting for more than 85% by the end of the forecast period.

The market in North America is dominated by the two US-based companies AcIara and Itron, as well as Swiss-based Landis+Gyr. Itron and Landis+Gyr have a 34 and 32% market share respectively of the installed base of smart electricity meters in North America. Aclara is in third place with a market share of 22% and the remaining 13% is predominately shared between Honeywell and Sensus. In terms of network endpoints, the largest player is Itron with a market share of 63%, followed by Landis+Gyr with a market share of 25% and Sensus with an 8% market share.

North America is a technologically advanced market where smart electricity metering is implemented in the context of the smart grid. Wireless RF technologies are today preferred and account for the vast majority of installations, both in the electricity and the gas sectors. The leading players provide proprietary RF mesh or star topology platforms for the unlicensed 915 MHz ISM band, in addition to licensed subGHz spectrums. Wi-SUN-based mesh networks offered by vendors such as Landis+Gyr and Itron is currently the most widespread variant and also accounts for the majority of shipments.

In the North American region PLC has generally been perceived as inferior in terms of performance and cost mainly due to the characteristics of the grid, where the ratio of meters per substation is low. Cellular communications have historically enjoyed limited adoption in the region, mainly because being perceived as too costly compared to RF communications. A few significant cellular deployments totalling less than 5 million meters have however been made throughout the past decade.

Among utilities which have already deployed advanced electricity metering infrastructure, interest is now growing for being able to leverage the installed RF network for applications beyond smart metering and bring a wider array of devices onto the platform. Most network platforms are already designed to support a number of smart grid applications in addition to two-way communications with meters. With the advanced metering infrastructure in place, increasing investments in areas such as distribution automation, distributed energy resources (DERs), electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and smart streetlighting are however highlighting the need for further synergies.

Highlights from the Report

  • In-depth market profiles of the US and Canada.
  • 360-degree overview of next-generation PLC, RF and cellular technologies for smart grid communications.
  • Profiles of the key players in the smart metering industry in North America.
  • New forecasts for smart electricity meters until 2029.
  • Analysis of the latest market and industry developments in the US and Canada.
  • Case studies of smart metering projects by the leading energy groups.

Questions Answered in the Report

  • How are energy policies driving the adoption of smart metering in the US and Canada?
  • What is the current deployment status of major utilities across North America?
  • Which utilities are leading the adoption of smart metering in North America?
  • Which communications technologies are being used for smart metering in North America?
  • Which are the leading smart metering solution providers in North America?
  • What is the outlook for second-generation smart metering rollouts in North America?
  • Which are the main electricity and gas utilities in the US and Canada?

Key Attributes:

Report AttributeDetails
No. of Pages125
Forecast Period2023 - 2029
Estimated Market Value in 2023145.9 Million Units
Forecasted Market Value by 2029182.9 Million Units
Compound Annual Growth Rate3.8%
Regions CoveredNorth America

Key Topics Covered:

1. Smart Grids and Intelligent Meters
1.1 Introduction to smart grids
1.2 Smart metering
1.3 Project strategies
1.3.1 System design and sourcing
1.3.2 Rollout and integration
1.3.3 Implementation and operation
1.3.4 Communication with customers
1.4 Regulatory issues
1.4.1 Models for the introduction of smart meters
1.4.2 Standardisation
1.4.3 Individual rights issues

2. IoT Networks and Communications Technologies
2.1 IoT network technologies
2.2 PLC technology and standards
2.2.1 International standards organisations
2.2.2 G3-PLC
2.2.3 PRIME
2.2.4 Meters & More
2.3 3GPP cellular and LPWA technologies
2.3.1 2G/3G/4G/5G cellular technologies and IoT
2.3.2 NB-IoT and LTE-M
2.3.3 The role of cellular networks in smart meter communications
2.3.4 LoRa & LoRaWAN
2.3.5 Sigfox
2.4 IEEE 802.15.4-based RF
2.4.1 IEEE 802.15.4
2.4.2 Wi-SUN
2.4.3 Proprietary IPv6 connectivity stacks based on 802.15.4

3. Smart Metering Industry Players
3.1 Meter vendors

  • Itron
  • Landis+Gyr
  • Aclara (Hubbell)
  • Gridspertise
  • Honeywell
  • Nansen (Sanxing Electric)
  • Networked Energy Services (NES)
  • Sagemcom
  • Sensus (Xylem)
  • Vision Metering
  • Wasion

3.2 Communications solution providers

  • 4RF
  • Eaton
  • Nighthawk
  • Tantalus Systems
  • Trilliant
  • Wirepas

3.3 Software solution providers

  • Hansen Technologies
  • Harris Utilities
  • IPKeys Power Partners
  • Oracle
  • OSlsoft (Aveva)
  • SAP
  • Siemens

3.4 System integrators and communications service providers

  • Accenture
  • Capgemini
  • Cisco
  • Greenbird Integration Technology (GE Vernova)
  • IBM
  • Verizon

4. Market Overview
4.1 Regional summary
4.2 United States
4.2.1 Electricity and gas utilities
4.2.2 Smart grid funding and policies
4.3 Canada
4.3.1 Electricity and gas utilities
4.3.2 Ontario's smart meter rollout
4.3.3 Smart metering initiatives in other provinces

5. Market Forecasts and Trends

6. Case Studies
6.1 Smart metering projects in North America

  • Ameren
  • Consolidated Edison
  • Entergy
  • BC Hydro
  • Hydro-Quebec

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