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Newton-Evans Research Company plans to revisit the topic of Distribution Automation (DA) by researching the market for DA field devices, communications methods, engineering service and Distribution Management Systems (DMS) applications software used in the control center, the substation, and on lines and poles. We will invite hundreds of North American electric transmission & distribution utilities to participate in a survey of Distribution Automation hardware, software and communications infrastructure.

The results of this survey will be combined with Newton-Evans’ discussions with DA vendors and manufacturers and published in a report titled “Distribution Automation 2015-2020: North American Utility Perspectives, Market Outlook and Analysis.” This report – available in January of 2015 – will be a comprehensive market overview of the automation aspects of electric distribution networks and supporting infrastructure. The scope of this research project will also include estimates of growth in the communications infrastructure needed to support this increased deployment of DA hardware and software.

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The study will include several weeks of survey-based research with major and mid-size utilities, requesting their insights regarding DA plans through 2020. This study will also include secondary research to learn about documented plans for DA among North American utilities.

The final report, “Distribution Automation 2015-2020: North American Utility Perspectives, Market Outlook and Analysis” will measure current market sizes, provide estimates and outlooks of demand for distribution automation equipment through 2020, and showcase a selection of major product vendors and service providers in the DA marketplace.

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For the electric power industry, late summer through mid-autumn brings a number of conferences to the forefront each year or at least every two years.

This year is no exception. From the international CIGRE Conference held in Paris every two years, to the annual EMMOS conference and Southeast Distribution Apparatus Conference, there are lessons to be learned and topics of interest to those following industry trends. The CIGRE conference provides information on key electric power topics, while EMMOS focuses on large control systems used by utilities and independent systems operators (ISOs). The SDAC offers briefings and training on a variety of power distribution topics, ranging from meter management to control systems to cyber security.

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In late August I attended and participated in my 10th CIGRE conference. This year set a new record for attendance (more than 3,000 delegates and another 5,000 visitors) and the number of exhibitors and working group sessions also reached new heights. One of the more interesting observations for me has been to witness the growth in CIGRE participation by utilities and T&D equipment and systems companies from North America. Delegates are either actively volunteering on working groups or doing booth duty for an increasing presence of large-to-small North American companies whose equipment, systems and services are part of the exhibition.

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Ethernet in the Substation

August 27, 2014

Excerpts from this 2014 Newton-Evans study of the world market for substation automation show some interesting trends regarding the use of Ethernet networks in substations around North America. Some of these trends include: Electric utilities in North America are showing increased interest in IEEE 1613 as a requirement for Ethernet switches and routers Single network […]

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What to Expect Next: Potential Synergies of the Alstom (Power and Grid) Acquisition by General Electric

July 14, 2014

As many long-term readers of Newton-Evans’ reports and articles knew from our assessment reported in 2009 there were back then three major contenders for the $7 billion Transmission and Distribution business units of the old Areva T&D Corporation. These were the American firm General Electric, the French corporate combination of Alstom and Schneider Electric, and […]

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U.S. Sales of Distribution Automation Components, Including Equipment, Systems and Services, Estimated at more than $700 Million in 2013, Forecast to Increase to $950 Million by 2016

June 4, 2014

Newton-Evans Research Publishes New Edition of Nine Market Snapshot Reports on Distribution Automation Topics Covering the Electric Power Industry in the United States. June 4, 2014. Ellicott City, Maryland. The Newton-Evans Research Company has announced its latest publication of a set of 9 U.S. distribution automation market two-page summaries. The new series of market overview […]

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U.S. Sales of Medium Voltage Equipment, Components and Related Services Accounted for More than $11 Billion in 2013, Forecast to Reach $13 Billion by 2016.

May 19, 2014

May 19, 2014. Ellicott City, Maryland. The Newton-Evans Research Company has announced the publication of a series of 18 electric power distribution market two-page snapshot market summaries. The new series of market overview reports (executive market summaries) includes supplier listings, representative products, and estimated market size for each topic, vendor market share estimates and market […]

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More Estimates on The U.S. Market for Distrubution Automation

May 19, 2014

From 2008 onward, Newton-Evans Research Company has completed one or two client-based, proprietary studies each year to provide mid-term and longer-term outlooks for one or more components of the burgeoning Distribution Automation market comprised of U.S.-based electric power utilities. The primary focus of these studies has centered on various DA field equipment types and associated […]

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Transmission and Distribution Equipment and Systems: Facts and Figures

May 7, 2014

Newton-Evans Research Company has completed hundreds of studies encompassing most aspects of the U.S. transmission and distribution equipment and related information management, monitoring and control systems markets in the nearly 36 years of its existence. During the second quarter of 2014, the company will again be publishing more than 85 T&D segment management summaries which […]

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Here We Go Again: Potential Synergies of an Alstom (Power and Grid) Acquisition by General Electric:

April 25, 2014

As many long-term readers of Newton-Evans’ reports and articles knew from our assessment reported in 2009 there were then three major contenders for the $7 billion Transmission and Distribution business units of the old Areva T&D Corporation. These were the American firm General Electric, the French corporate combination of Alstom and Schneider Electric, and the […]

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Electric Utility SCADA/DMS and OMS Convergence Trends

April 24, 2014

Here are some more excerpts from our latest study of the World Market Study of SCADA, Energy Management Systems, Distribution Management Systems and Outage Management Systems in Electric Utilities: 2013-2015. The information below was collected from 101 electric utilities in the U.S. and Canada between the 4th quarter of 2012 and 1st quarter 2013. The […]

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