Seoul, Korea and New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- April 19, 2013 - Renewable energy standards and targets is the top motivating driver for smart grids globally, while advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is the top technology priority, according to a new report from the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN).

The other top motivating drivers in order are:

  • System efficiency improvements
  • Reliability improvements
  • Enabling customer choice and participation
  • Enabling new products, services, and markets.

The other top technology priorities are:

  • Large-size variable renewable energy sources integration
  • Demand response
  • Wind
  • Distributed energy resources.

The report, Smart grid drivers and technologies by country, economies, and continent, was based on a survey of the then (September 2012) 22 ISGAN participants. It forms part of the initiative to develop a global smart grid inventory.

When broken down by economies the picture change somewhat, particularly for the developing economy participants. In this case the top driver is reliability improvements, and the top technology priority is condition-based monitoring and maintenance.

Similarly there are also differences when broken down by continent. System efficiency improvement is the only driver of priority and AMI is the only technology of priority to all continents.

In the next step of the initiative individual national projects will be assessed for inclusion in the project inventory.