Zpryme Smart Grid Index December results, overall sentiment among utilities increased by seven percentage points.
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Austin, TX - (Zpryme) – 12/17/12 – This month’s Smart Grid Index (SGI) results show that overall Smart Grid sentiment decreased slightly in December. However, sentiment among utilities increased by seven percentage points. Almost half of the vendors surveyed closed a new deal last month, while 73% of utilities expect to submit new Smart Grid proposals for budget approval over the next 12 months. Over the next 12 months, utilities indicated that their top four areas of investment will be in distribution automation (25%), AMI (21%), advanced transmission systems (17%), and customer systems (17%). Last, 51% of respondents believed that the re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama will have a positive impact on the future potential of the Smart Grid.
This study was conducted by Zpryme and FierceSmartGrid by surveying 276 Smart Grid executives from December 3rd to December 13th of 2012. The survey was conducted online. Please note that percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding. Three groups were used to inspect for differences: vendors (61% of sample), utilities (14% of sample), and total sample. The data are presented in figures 1 through 10 in this report.
Download the Smart Grid Index (SGI) for December 2012 at: www.smartgridresearch.org.
Smart Grid Index Results (December 2012):
66% currently have a positive view of the Smart Grid, a 5 percentage point decrease from last month.
Expected Utility Investments
30% expect utility Smart Grid related investments to significantly increase over the next 12 months, a 1 percentage point decrease from last month.
61% said their Smart Grid related sales or expenditures have increased over the last 12 months, a 1 percentage point increase from last month.
67% expect their Smart Grid related sales or expenditures to increase over the next 12 months, a 4 percentage point decrease from last month.
54% expect the number of staff in Smart Grid related roles to increase over the next 12 months, a 2 percentage point decrease from last month.
45% of vendor respondents said they closed new Smart Grid related deals last month. There was no change in this metric in December.
73% of utility respondents plan to submit new Smart Grid proposals for budget approval over the next 12 months, a 2 percentage point decrease from last month.
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