The smart grid has experienced tremendous growth and market penetration since its inception. Worldwide deployments have allowed for the creation of a more efficient and reliable energy system. Growth has been achieved by individual utilities in many different areas of the electrical grid. These deployments have allowed utilities to make improvements in the optimal way for them, whether in transmission and distribution, communications, metering, or in other ways. Numerous vendors have entered the smart grid marketplace to meet this need. Companies such as SUBNET SolutionsS&C Electric Company, Trilliant, Freescale Semiconductor, AT&T, and Cooper Power Systems have played a significant role, as they have introduced products and services that have revolutionized smart grid deployments. These innovative products and services are currently shaping the development of the smart grid worldwide and will continue to develop the smart grid through 2013.

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