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Top 10 Vendors to Watch in Smart Grids

The smart grid industry is changing for a variety of reasons—including deregulation, proliferation of distributed generation (DG) installations, environmental concerns, and adoption of electric vehicles and energy storage systems. Today, a major component of the smart grid is the participation of proactive consumers who are adopting a DG system which will reshape the smart grid market and profoundly alter the traditional utility business model in the coming years.

Smart grid combines information technology with power transmission to benefit end-users in home, community, and nation. The smart grid’s ability to improve safety and efficiency, make better use of existing assets, enhance reliability and power quality, and reduce dependence on imported energy have a substantial economic value. This vast, interconnected system, with many new and emerging components and applications such as real-time pricing, load shedding, demand management, and integration of distributed, renewable power sources will change the face of energy sector for betterment.

Meanwhile, as the number of connected, internet-enabled devices increases dramatically, the level of complexity in the grid will rise to the point where automated protocols will be needed to maintain stability, and flexible designs will be required to enable the transfer of very large amounts of data while ensuring that the grid remains functional. There are a multitude of vendors who help enterprises with in-depth expertise in embracing smart grid for added benefits. In the last few months we have looked at scores of smart grid solution providers and have shortlisted the ones that are at the forefront of tackling challenges in the arena. A distinguished panel comprising CEOs, CIOs, VCs, Analysts and the editorial board of Energy CIO Insights selected the final 10.

Company Logo Company Name Company Description
Aclara Technologies LLC A leading supplier of smart infrastructure solutions (SIS) to water, gas, and electric utilities globally
advanced control systems A leading provider of smart grid solutions to the global electric power industry, helping utilities build the next-generation grid for reliable, secure and efficient power delivery
comverge A demand response and energy efficiency solutions provider enabling electric utilities to ensure grid reliability, lower energy costs, and meet regulatory demands
Delta energy and communications Provides cost-effective smart grid energy solutions for electric, gas, and water utilities
energy systems network Accelerates energy technology development and commercialization through cross-industry partnerships
enernoc Provider of cloud-based energy intelligence software (EIS) and services to enterprise customers and utilities globally.
ge digital energy A division of General Electric that provides solutions that modernize the grid – managing and moving power from the power plant to the consumer.
itron A technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water.
landisgyr Provider of metering solutions for electricity, gas, heat/cold and water for energy measurement solutions for utilities.
silver spring networks Provider of networking technologies that modernize today’s power grid.