Europe Smart Grid Network Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Europe Smart Grid Network Market is segmented by Technology Application Area (Transmission, Demand Response, Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), and Other Technology Application Areas) and Geography (United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Rest of Europe).

Market Snapshot

Europe Smart Grid Network Market - Summary
Study Period: 2019-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >3.1 %

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Market Overview

The European smart grid network market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 3.1% during the forecast period of 2022-2027. The COVID-19 pandemic had slowed the growth of the smart grid market, as various countries across the world were forced to implement strict lockdowns during the first half of 2020. Governments and local authorities issued strict guidelines and halted all non-essential operations. This adversely affected the smart grid market due to the suspension of grid-modernization activities such as the nationwide smart meter roll-out in the United Kingdom that had to be completed by 2020 but has been pushed till 2024. Factors such as increased investments and deployments of smart grid technologies such as smart meters, EV chargers, and other associated smart grid infrastructure technologies are expected to drive the market in the coming years. However, the transition from coal and natural gas-based power plants to sustainable but less predictable methods such as solar and wind are expected to strain the growth of the market studied during the forecast period.

  • Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period due to the increasing deployment of smart grid technologies across the world's developed and emerging economies.
  • Governments of both emerging and underdeveloped nations worldwide view smart grid technology as a strategic infrastructural investment that will sustain their long-term economic prosperity and help them achieve their carbon emission reduction targets. This, in turn, is expected to provide an ample amount of opportunities to the companies involved in the smart grid network market in the near future.
  • The United Kingdom is expected to witness significant growth in the coming years due to large-scale investments in the market.

Scope of the Report

The European smart grid network market report includes:

Technology Application Area
Transmission
Demand Response
Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
Other Technology Application Areas
Geography
United Kingdom
France
Germany
Rest of Europe

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Key Market Trends

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) to Witness Significant Growth

  • Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) or smart metering integrates smart meters, communications networks, and data management systems that enable two-way communication between utilities and customers.
  • The metering industry has taken rapid strides in the recent past few years by traversing from automated meter reading (AMR) to smart metering, using bi-directional communication, thereby enabling more significant benefits to electricity distribution companies (DISCOMs), customers, and society.
  • AMI provides significant operational benefits, which leads to cost savings for utility companies and convenience for customers. AMI can significantly reduce operating costs of utility companies by remotely reading meters, connecting/disconnecting service, identifying outages, generating more accurate bills in a faster manner, and enabling utilities to provide customers digital access to their usage information.
  • Furthermore, the introduction of new technologies like IoT solutions is also expected to create room for growth. For instance, in April 2021, Itron launched a new residential smart electricity meter for the German market. The company claims that it has built the new eHZ-B smart meter with advanced functionality to help German cities and utilities advance the energy transition. The smart meter is compliant with Itron’s 3. HZ FNN standard. Hence, the model is interoperable with multi-vendor environments.
  • With the increasing efforts to modernize the electricity grid and reduce T&D losses, governments across Europe are investing in advanced metering infrastructure. This, in turn, is expected to drive the AMI market during the forecast period.
Europe Smart Grid Network - Investment in Smart Grid Infrastructure

United Kingdom to Grow Significantly

  • Public and private organizations in the United Kingdom are investing in smart electric grid upgrades, working as a driver for developed innovative products, services, or technologies related to the smart grids.
  • Increasing demand, limited supply, re-emphasis on energy security, and challenging carbon emission reduction targets are driving transformation in energy utilities, and smart grid technologies will play a vital role in the coming years.
  • The Uk government has committed itself to a USD 18 billion country-wide smart meter roll-out by keeping the energy suppliers responsible for the roll-out (both in terms of implementation and ownership and financing). The official smart meter roll-out began in 2016 and was initially planned to finish in 2020. However, suppliers have received an additional four years (i.e., till 2024) to keep installing meters. The roll-out start date was pushed back several times, and there have been delays with many parts of the roll-out since.
  • Furthermore, on the innovation front, in 2021, Northern Powergrid started its pilot smart grid network technology to increase the resilience of ‘the micro-regions' of the grid. The UKP 2.5 million program named Microresilience uses energy storage systems (ESS) and innovative communications technology to maintain power supplies to vital infrastructure and remote communities. New innovations are expected to make the technology more accessible in different parts of the world.
  • The most important trend to ascertain the growth of the smart grid is the rising demand for energy in the country, which has seen some setbacks due to COVID-19, but it is expected to grow significantly in 2021. In 2020, the primary energy consumption of the United Kingdom was around 6.89 Exajoules, which was a decrease from 7.73 Exajoules in 2019.
  • Hence, the UK smart grid market is expected to grow during the forecast period due to increasing investments, government policies, and innovative projects.
Europe Smart Grid Market - Primary Energy Consumption

Competitive Landscape

The European smart grid network market is fragmented. Some of the major companies include Électricité de France SA, E.ON SE, SSE PLC, Schneider Electric SE, and Renault Group.

Recent Developments

  • In December 2021, EU’s Joint Research Centre reviewed smart grid projects funded by the European Union under its last two FP7 and Horizon 2020 research funding programs, as well as its competitiveness and innovation programs on ICT and intelligent energy. Of the total EUR 3.08 billion invested in the projects, the European Union's contribution amounted to EUR 2.32 billion, serving as a significant driver.
  • In September 2021, E.on SE acquired a majority stake in Aachen-based smart grid solutions provider GridX GmbH as part of efforts to expand its portfolio of digital solutions for the transition to green energy.
  • In November 2021, in Poland, the utility company TAURON secured a PLN 2.8 billion loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to modernize its electricity distribution assets and install an advanced metering infrastructure. The advanced metering infrastructure and smart grid technologies to be installed are expected to enable TAURON to leverage real-time data and analytics to enhance the operations of its grid and customer services.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET OVERVIEW

    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 Market Size and Demand Forecast, in USD billion, till 2027

    3. 4.3 Europe Renewable Energy Mix, 2020

    4. 4.4 Recent Trends and Developments

    5. 4.5 Government Policies and Regulations

    6. 4.6 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.6.1 Drivers

      2. 4.6.2 Restraints

    7. 4.7 Supply Chain Analysis

    8. 4.8 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.8.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.8.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.8.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.8.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.8.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Technology Application Area

      1. 5.1.1 Transmission

      2. 5.1.2 Demand Response

      3. 5.1.3 Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)

      4. 5.1.4 Other Technology Application Areas

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 United Kingdom

      2. 5.2.2 France

      3. 5.2.3 Germany

      4. 5.2.4 Rest of Europe

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Electricite de France SA

      2. 6.3.2 E.ON SE

      3. 6.3.3 Schneider Electric SE

      4. 6.3.4 Renault Group

      5. 6.3.5 Siemens AG

      6. 6.3.6 Efacec Energia

      7. 6.3.7 Landis+Gyr Group AG

      8. 6.3.8 Hitachi Ltd

      9. 6.3.9 General Electric Company

    4. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Europe Smart Grid Network Market market is studied from 2019 - 2027.

The Europe Smart Grid Network Market is growing at a CAGR of >3.1% over the next 5 years.

SSE PLC, Schneider Electric SE, Renault Group, E.ON SE, Électricité de France S.A are the major companies operating in Europe Smart Grid Network Market.

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