The global smart grid market is expected to grow from an estimated USD 43.1 billion in 2021 to USD 103.4 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 19.1% during the forecast period. The modernization of aging grid infrastructure is one of the primary factors driving the market growth. Moreover, government across the world is encouraging investments in smart grids.
Smart grid technology enables the transition from a traditional energy distribution network to an intelligent electricity grid that allows two-way communication between the utility and its customers. The smart electric grid uses digital communication technologies, information systems, and automation for monitoring the energy flow and adjusting the changes in energy demand and supply. It also helps in real-time monitoring power consumption by coupling it with smart metering systems, providing consumers and suppliers with information on real-time power consumption. Thus, the smart grid helps improve system operating efficiency, thereby reducing operational cost. Increasing demand for smart infrastructure in industrial, commercial, and residential environments offers lucrative opportunities for the market.
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The distribution segment is expected to lead the smart grid market.
The distribution segment accounted for the largest share of the market, by application, in 2020. Efficient distribution application helps in quicker restoration of electricity after power disturbances, reduces operations and management costs for utilities, and ultimately lowers the power costs for consumers.
North America is expected to lead the smart grid market
North America includes countries such as the US, Canada, and Mexico. The US and Canada, which contribute heavily to the growth of the regional market. The region is estimated to account for the largest share of the global smart grids market, and a similar trend is expected to continue until 2026. One of the key reasons for the large market size is the early adoption of smart grid projects. The strong financial position of the US and Canada enables them to invest heavily in smart infrastructure platforms of the smart grids market.
The market in US is expected to grow mainly because it is the most mature market in terms of smart grid deployment, advanced IT infrastructure, the presence of several enterprises, and the availability of technical expertise in the country. Smart grid technology in the US is undergoing a considerable transformation as digital technologies are being applied to distributed energy resources. All these factors are expected to drive the growth of the market in North America.
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The key players in the Smart Grid Market include GE (US), ABB (Switzerland), Siemens (Germany), Schneider Electric (France), and Itron (US).