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.
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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