Utilities find data at the centre of operations, boosting the grid analytics market

Source: press release, 12 September 2019

In the future, the areas with the greatest growth opportunities will include service outcome-based business models instead of just power generation and transmission
In the future, the areas with the greatest growth opportunities will include service outcome-based business models instead of just power generation and transmission (illustration: Frost & Sullivan)

Predictive and prescriptive analytics to find higher application with the rise of 5G, finds Frost & Sullivan.

As data becomes central to new business models in the energy utility sector, the global grid analytics market is expected to accelerate from USD 1.15 billion in 2018 to USD 2.31 billion in 2025, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.4%. Energy utilities are generating massive volumes of data from smart meters, intelligent energy devices, and multi-sensing units but only 2% to 4% of data from the system is actually leveraged for analytics. This data, combined with a sophisticated analytics platform, can deliver valuable insights for utilities that can lead to improved customer service and operational metrics.

“The market will gradually switch to predictive and prescriptive analytics, especially as networks with low latency capabilities, such as 5G, are employed to minimise reaction times,” says Farah Saeed, Research Director, Energy & Environment at Frost & Sullivan. “Predictive and prescriptive analytics will incorporate statistical models that flag areas of inefficiency, evaluate and predict events in a timely manner, and eventually include Artificial Intelligence (AI) to deliver a holistic decision-making tool.”

Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Global Smart Grid Analytics Market, Forecast to 2025, provides an in-depth analysis of key applications and opportunities in the market. This study segments data analytics into three main areas of the grid network: transmission and distribution (T&D) network, metering, and customer analytics. It covers the regions of North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World.

“North America is currently the largest market for grid analytics but Asia is expected to register the fastest CAGR of 13.3% between 2018 and 2025. The emphasis is on improving energy access and minimising financial losses including non-technical losses. India and China, in particular, have been leading the way when it comes to utility-scale renewable energy (RE) sources.” notes Saeed. “Meanwhile, Australia and Singapore are looking to minimise power interruption by integrating geographic information system data analytics and forecast events, and Japan would be an ideal market for customer analytics as it is attempting to achieve 100% smart meter penetration by 2024.”

Global Smart Grid Analytics Market, Forecast to 2025 is part of Frost & Sullivan’s global Energy & Environment Growth Partnership Service program.