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Smart Metering in North America and Asia-Pacific - 4th Edition

  • ID: 5271472
  • Report
  • February 2021
  • Region: Asia Pacific, North America
  • Berg Insight AB
Two-Thirds of all Electricity Meters in North America and Asia-Pacific are now Smart


  • Aclara (Hubbell)
  • Eaton
  • Honeywell
  • Landis+Gyr
  • Oracle
  • Star Instrument
Are you looking for detailed information and comprehensive data about the North American and Asia-Pacific smart metering markets? The analyst team has been covering smart metering continuously for more than fifteen years. Learn more about the latest developments in two of the most dynamic market regions that will see massive smart metering projects realized over the next five years.

Smart Metering in North America and Asia-Pacific is the fourth consecutive market report analysing the latest smart metering developments in two dynamic regions. This strategic research report provides you with over 225 pages of unique business intelligence, including 5-year industry forecasts, expert commentary and real-life case studies on which to base your business decisions.

Highlights from the report:

  • In-depth market profiles of the US, Canada, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
  • 360-degree overview of next-generation PLC, RF and cellular standards for smart grid communications.
  • Profiles of the key players in the smart metering industry in North America and Asia-Pacific.
  • New detailed forecasts for smart electricity meters until 2025.
  • Analysis of the latest market and industry developments in each of the countries.
  • Case studies of smart metering projects by the leading energy groups in the two regions.

According to this report, the penetration of smart electricity meters in North America reached 68 percent in 2020. Overall, the installed base of smart electricity meters will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.7 percent during 2019-2025 to reach a total of 153.8 million units at the end of the forecast period. Over the next five years, the penetration of smart meters in the US will grow to reach a level of 84 percent while the respective figure for the more advanced Canadian market will reach 92 percent.

“First-wave deployments will continue to grow robustly over the next several years and will to a large extent be driven by the launch of major new projects by late adopters in Northeastern US and Eastern Canada. Meanwhile, refreshment rounds for the early adopters have now gradually begun and will grow their share of annual shipment volumes from around 10 percent in 2020 to around 70 percent in 2025”, said Levi Ostling, smart metering analyst.

According to the study, yearly shipments of smart electricity meters in North America will grow from 9.8 million units in 2019 to 17.4 million units in 2025. The Covid-19 pandemic had a notable impact on deployments during 2020 with a year-over-year decrease of around 13 percent in annual shipment volumes. The market is however expected to recover in 2021 with forecasted shipment volumes of 10.7 million units. Along with the increase in smart meter refreshment projects, the development of smart metering technology in the North American market has in the last couple of years shifted focus to serving the demand of utilities which are to begin second-wave smart meter rollouts.

These utilities are now looking to leverage their existing network canopies for a wider array of smart city applications beyond metering while also trying to figure out how to cope with the integration of the rapidly increasing number of electric vehicles and distributed energy resources into the grid infrastructure. “The race is now on among the top vendors to develop the most attractive use cases for second-wave smart metering technology. Increased computing power and edge analytics capabilities enable an entirely new set of benefits that are yet to be substantiated by the solution providers”, concluded Mr. Ostling.

This report answers the following questions:

  • How are national energy policies driving the adoption of smart metering?
  • What is the current deployment status of major utilities in North America and Asia-Pacific?
  • How are market-liberalising reforms changing the energy utility sector in Asia?
  • How is the smart metering market in India developing?
  • What is the current state of smart metering in Japan and South Korea?
  • How will the Chinese market evolve after completing its first wave of deployments?
  • How has the industry in Australia been affected by the transition to market-driven rollouts?
  • Which communications technologies are being used for smart metering in Asia-Pacific and North America?
  • Which are the leading smart metering solution providers in North America and Asia-Pacific?
  • What is the outlook for second-wave rollouts in North America and Asia-Pacific?

Who should buy this report?

Smart Metering in North America and Asia-Pacific is the foremost source of information about the ongoing transformation of the metering sector. Whether you are a vendor, utility, telecom operator, investor, consultant or government agency, you will gain valuable insights from our in-depth research.
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  • Aclara (Hubbell)
  • Eaton
  • Honeywell
  • Landis+Gyr
  • Oracle
  • Star Instrument

List of Figures
Executive summary 

1 Smart grids and intelligent meters 
1.1 Introduction to smart grids
1.2 Smart metering
1.2.1 Smart metering applications
1.2.2 Smart metering infrastructure
1.2.3 Benefits of 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 Communicating 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 
2.1.1 Network architectures
2.1.2 Unlicensed and licensed frequency bands
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 The role of cellular networks in smart meter communications
2.3.3 NB-IoT and LTE-M networks in North America and Asia-Pacific
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
3.1.1 Itron 
3.1.2 Landis+Gyr 
3.1.3 Aclara (Hubbell)
3.1.4 Honeywell
3.1.5 Sensus (Xylem) 
3.1.6 Aichi Tokei Denki
3.1.7 Allied Engineering Works
3.1.8 CHINT Instrument & Meter
3.1.9 Clou Electronics
3.1.10 Dongfang Wisdom Electric
3.1.11 Fuji Electric 
3.1.12 Genus Power Infrastructures
3.1.13 GoldCard Smart Group
3.1.14 Hexing Electrical 
3.1.15 HPL Electric & Power
3.1.16 Holley Technology 
3.1.17 Iljin Electric
3.1.18 Innover Technology
3.1.19 ITI Limited
3.1.20 Kaifa Technology
3.1.21 Linyang Energy
3.1.22 LonDian Electrics 
3.1.23 LS Electric
3.1.24 Mitsubishi Electric
3.1.25 Networked Energy Services 
3.1.26 NamJun
3.1.27 Omni System
3.1.28 Osaki Electric & EDMI 
3.1.29 PSTEC 
3.1.30 Sanxing Electric
3.1.31 Schneider Electric
3.1.32 Secure Meters 
3.1.33 Star Instrument
3.1.34 Suntront Technology
3.1.35 Toshiba Toko Meter Systems
3.1.36 Wasion
3.1.37 Viewshine 
3.1.38 XJ Metering
3.1.39 ZenMeter (Enzen)
3.1.40 ZENNER Metering Technology
3.2 Communications solution providers
3.2.1 CyanConnode
3.2.2 Eaton
3.2.3 Fujitsu
3.2.4 Nighthawk
3.2.5 NURI Telecom
3.2.6 Tantalus Systems
3.2.7 Trilliant 
3.2.8 Chinese & Korean PLC communications technology providers 
3.3 Software solution providers
3.3.1 Fluentgrid 
3.3.2 Hansen Technologies
3.3.3 Harris Utilities
3.3.4 IPKeys Technologies
3.3.5 Oracle 
3.3.6 OSIsoft
3.3.7 SAP
3.3.8 Siemens
3.4 System integrators and communications service providers

4 Market analysis
4.1 North America
4.1.1 Market forecast
4.1.2 Technology trends
4.1.3 Industry analysis
4.2 Asia 
4.2.1 Market forecast
4.2.2 Technology trends
4.2.3 Industry analysis
4.3 Australia and New Zealand
4.3.1 Market forecast
4.3.2 Technology trends
4.3.3 Industry analysis

5 North America
5.1 Regional summary 
5.2 United States
5.2.1 Electricity and gas utilities
5.2.2 Smart grid funding and policies
5.2.3 Regional overview: Northeast
5.2.4 Regional overview: Midwest 
5.2.5 Regional overview: South
5.2.6 Regional overview: West
5.3 Canada
5.3.1 Electricity and gas utilities
5.3.2 Ontario’s smart meter rollout
5.3.3 Smart metering initiatives in other provinces

6 Asia-Pacific
6.1 Regional summary 
6.2 China
6.2.1 Electricity and gas utility industry structure 
6.2.2 Smart grid policies and initiatives
6.2.3 Smart meter rollouts
6.3 India
6.3.1 Electricity and gas utility industry structure 
6.3.2 Smart grid policies and initiatives
6.3.3 Smart grid funding and deployments 
6.3.4 Aggregated procurement of smart meters 
6.4 Japan
6.4.1 Electricity and gas utility industry structure 
6.4.2 Smart grid and metering initiatives
6.5 South Korea
6.5.1 Electricity and gas utility industry structure 
6.5.2 Smart grid and metering initiatives
6.6 Australia
6.6.1 Electricity and gas utility industry structure 
6.6.2 Early smart meter rollouts and demonstration projects
6.6.3 Market reforms and transition to market-driven smart meter rollouts
6.7 New Zealand
6.7.1 Electricity industry structure 
6.7.2 Industry driven rollout of smart meters

7 Case studies
7.1 North America
7.1.1 Ameren
7.1.2 Consolidated Edison
7.1.3 Entergy
7.1.4 BC Hydro
7.1.5 Hydro-Québec
7.2 Asia 
7.2.1 Energy Efficiency Services Limited 
7.2.2 Korea Electric Power Corporation
7.2.3 State Grid Corporation of China
7.2.4 Tokyo Electric Power Company
7.3 Australia and New Zealand
7.3.1 intelliHUB 
7.3.2 Vector 
7.3.3 Western Power


List of Figures 
Figure 1.1: Smart metering infrastructure 
Figure 1.2: Examples of smart electricity meters
Figure 2.1: Standard model for smart grid communications networks 
Figure 2.2: Alternative model for smart grid communications networks
Figure 2.3: Unlicensed and reserved radio frequencies available for wireless IoT
Figure 2.4: Selected members of the G3-PLC Alliance by industry
Figure 2.5: Selected members of the PRIME Alliance by industry
Figure 2.6: Members of the Meters & More Association by industry
Figure 2.7: Comparison of LTE MTC enhancements in 3GPP Release 14 
Figure 2.8: Availability of LTE-M and NB-IoT networks in NAM & APAC (Q1-2020) 
Figure 2.9: Select public LoRaWAN network operators in NAM/APAC
Figure 2.10: Select Sigfox network operators by country
Figure 2.11: Selected members of the Wi-SUN Alliance by industry
Figure 2.12: Major 802.15.4 networking platforms for smart metering (H1-2020) 
Figure 3.1: Energy meter vendor company data (World/APAC/NA FY2019)
Figure 4.1: Smart meter shipments and penetration rate (North America 2019–2025)
Figure 4.2: Smart metering capital expenditure by category (North America 2019–2025)  
Figure 4.3: Acquisitions related to smart metering in North America (2010–2020)
Figure 4.4: Vendor market shares in the 60 largest smart metering projects (Jan 2021) 
Figure 4.5: Smart meter shipments and penetration rate (Asia 2019–2025)
Figure 4.6: Smart meter shipments and penetration rate (Australia & NZ 2019–2025) 
Figure 5.1: Top 10 smart electricity metering deployments in North America (2020) 
Figure 5.2: Top 50 electric utilities (US 2019)
Figure 5.3: Top 25 gas utilities (US 2019)
Figure 5.4: List of major smart meter installations under SGIG
Figure 5.5: Major smart metering deployments by investor-owned utilities (US Q4-2020) 
Figure 5.6: Selected smart metering contracts from public utilities (Q4-2020) 
Figure 5.7: Top 25 electricity utilities (Canada 2019)
Figure 5.8: Smart meter tender awards during first wave rollout in Ontario
Figure 5.9: Top 25 electricity smart metering deployments in Canada (Q4-2020) 
Figure 6.1: Major smart metering projects in the Asia-Pacific region (Q1-2021)
Figure 6.2: IPDS-funded smart meter projects
Figure 6.3: The main electricity distributors in Japan (Q1-2020)
Figure 6.4: Smart metering deployments in Japan (March 2020)
Figure 6.5: Top five electricity and gas utilities in South Korea (2019)
Figure 6.6: Electricity and gas utilities in Australia (2019) 
Figure 6.7: Residential electricity and gas retailers in NEM (mid-2020)
Figure 6.8: Smart metering deployments in Victoria
Figure 6.9: Major metering service providers in Australia 
Figure 6.10: Electricity retailer market shares (New Zealand Q4-2020) 
Figure 6.11: Top Meter Equipment Providers (MEPs) (New Zealand Q4-2020)






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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Aclara (Hubbell)
  • Aichi Tokei Denki
  • Allied Engineering Works
  • Ameren
  • BC Hydro
  • CHINT Instrument & Meter
  • Clou Electronics
  • Consolidated Edison
  • CyanConnode
  • Dongfang Wisdom Electric
  • Eaton
  • Energy Efficiency Services Limited 
  • Entergy
  • Fluentgrid 
  • Fuji Electric 
  • Fujitsu
  • Genus Power Infrastructures
  • GoldCard Smart Group
  • HPL Electric & Power
  • Hansen Technologies
  • Harris Utilities
  • Hexing Electrical 
  • Holley Technology 
  • Honeywell
  • Hydro-Québec
  • IPKeys Technologies
  • ITI Limited
  • Iljin Electric
  • Innover Technology
  • intelliHUB 
  • Itron 
  • Kaifa Technology
  • Korea Electric Power Corporation
  • LS Electric
  • Landis+Gyr 
  • Linyang Energy
  • LonDian Electrics 
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • NURI Telecom
  • NamJun
  • Networked Energy Services 
  • Nighthawk
  • OSIsoft
  • Omni System
  • Oracle 
  • Osaki Electric & EDMI 
  • PSTEC 
  • SAP
  • Sanxing Electric
  • Schneider Electric
  • Secure Meters 
  • Sensus (Xylem) 
  • Siemens
  • Star Instrument
  • State Grid Corporation of China
  • Suntront Technology
  • Tantalus Systems
  • Tokyo Electric Power Company
  • Toshiba Toko Meter Systems
  • Trilliant 
  • Vector 
  • Viewshine 
  • Wasion
  • Western Power
  • XJ Metering
  • ZENNER Metering Technology
  • ZenMeter (Enzen)


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The Internet of Things is very diverse. There are hundreds of different use cases, each with different dynamics. The starting point is to segment the market.

The analyst begins with a number of sectors: Automotive, Cities, Health, Industry, Home, Industrial, Energy, Retail and Consumer Electronics. Each of these sectors breaks down into a number of applications. In total across all sectors, the analyst examines around 150 separate applications. It is at this application level that they generate their IoT forecast. The analyst builds reliable data bottom-up. They take into consideration the current adoption rate, regulations, demographics, vertical-specific statistics, value chain structure, etc.

The rigorous data collection methods are based on first-hand and secondary sources. The analyst conducts many hundreds of executive interviews on a yearly basis with companies from all parts of the IoT value chain.  They talk to on a regular basis all major mobile operator groups and regulators as well as the chipset, module, and terminal vendors. They also interview many companies in each of the vertical markets.