The Global Smart Grid Federation, whose aim is to create smarter, cleaner electricity systems around the world, has just published "The Global Smart Grid Federation Smart Grid Report 2012
" that compares the state of smart grid deployments within its member countries.
The report investigates the key challenges facing deployment of smart grid as well as highlights leading projects from around the world. The report is based on extensive research from current GSGF member markets: Australia, Canada, Continental Europe, Great Britain, Ireland, Korea, Japan and the United States.
The report reached a few conclusions:
. The funding of national security objectives, environmental policy goals and job growth is being passed from the tax payer to the electricity rate payer.
. Engaging consumers from the beginning of the smart grid deployment process is a key to success. Utilities should be less technocratic in their approach and employ best practices from other consumer‐centric industries.
. As smart grids increasingly become the mechanism to meet environmental, security and economic goals, there is a role for governments to work closely with utilities in stating the value of consumer participation.
GSGF indicated that the report illustrates that, as the global grid evolves, there are unique and important opportunities for information sharing and collaboration, which will ensure that investments made serve the global society well into the future.
The 44-pages report is accessible here