An intelligent or ‘smart’ electricity grid is core to 98% of utilities’ future strategies, a new poll has found.
Unsurprisingly an overwhelming majority said the smart grid is a natural extension of current upgrades to the electricity network.
Gathering and handling information is also seen as key by the 54 utilities executives in 13 countries polled in the Digitally Enabled Grid survey by Accenture.
Nearly two-thirds (60%) said that, for their company, analysing their network will be the highest priority for smart grid investment in the coming years.
Despite this only 25% felt they are well positioned to compete for analytic skills in the market.
As for the rise of distributed energy sources such as those run by businesses or homes, the vote was evenly split by those who believe it will create more opportunities to make money (43%) and those who (43%) who think it will have the opposite effect. Just 14% expect no impact.