Just days ago Oncor installed its two-millionth advanced smart meter in the Dallas suburb of Carrollton, Idaho Falls Power selected Elster for an AMI Smart Grid project, and Telvent was designated to implement Smart Grid solutions for Progress Energy Florida. Driven by Smart Grid Investment Grants (SGIG), these examples are just a taste of the wins that have manifested this past month in the U.S. Back in 2009 the overall purpose of the SGIG was to accelerate the modernization of the U.S. electric transmission and distribution systems and promote investments in Smart Grid and related technology tentacles. Fast forward to September 2011 and utilities across the nation are finally starting to burst out of the Smart Grid starting blocks. For example, CenterPoint Energy and Florida Power & Light (FPL) are the top 2 SGIG projects based on smart meters. Combined, CenterPoint and FPL have 2.6 million smart meters from their SGIG programs, 1.33 million and 1.29 million, respectively. The smart meter roll-out is noticeably at a critical juncture. What the next-gen grid will be like a decade from now is still too difficult to predict, however the forces for change from both the public and private sector (and consumers) will be highly influential. In this report Zpryme compiled and analyzed data from the 99 Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) projects to identify the top 10 projects in terms of total expenditures to date, and by the number of smart meters that are installed and operational.

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