Global smart meter shipments reached 19.2 million in 3Q 2011

The clean-tech market intelligence firm said that smart meter and smart grid deployments have grown significantly during 2011, particularly in North America. Smart meter shipments in China continue to grow as well.

According to the research firm’s tracker report, in the second and third quarters of 2011, Consumers Energy has selected SmartSynch to help it build an AMI system for 1.8 million customers in Michigan; and in Canada, BC Hydro selected Itron to supply 1.8 million new meters over the next two years, while Hydro-Quebec chose Landis+Gyr to supply the bulk of the 3.75 million smart meters it plans to deploy over the next 5 years.

Senior analyst Neil Strother said: “Global smart grid deployments continue to enjoy strong growth momentum, particularly those involving smart meter rollouts. Projects continue to expand in the United States and Canada, and we are seeing the beginning stages of a massive smart meter deployment in China.”

The research firm’s analysis indicates that in North America, Landis+Gyr maintained its leadership position with a 25 percent share of cumulative smart meter vendor selections, in terms of total endpoints, as of third quarter of 2011. The vendor was helped in a significant way by its win at Hydro-Quebec. Itron was in second place with 22 percent of cumulative utility selections, and Sensus and GE Energy were tied for third place, each holding a 16 percent share of selections as of third quarter of 2011.

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