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Navigant Research Report Shows the Annual Utility Revenue Opportunity in Smart Cities Is Expected to Exceed $100 Billion by 2027

February 14, 2019

BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 14, 2019--A new report from Navigant Research examines global smart city business opportunities for utilities, providing market forecasts, segmented by region and smart city technology type, through 2027.

Utilities around the world are becoming increasingly integrated with smart city deployments, driven by the need to generate new revenue opportunities. Smart city applications such as electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and services, smart street lighting, smart buildings, distributed energy resources (DER), and smart city communication networks all offer significant new business opportunities for utilities. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, the annual utility revenue opportunity in smart cities is expected to grow from almost $45 billion in 2018 to over $100 billion by 2027.

“With increasing energy efficiency and utilization of DER cutting into their bottom line, utilities must position themselves as innovators and generate new revenue streams to remain profitable in the 21st century,” says Ryan Citron, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “Smart cities represent a significant opportunity for utilities to develop new business lines, extend their partner ecosystems, and establish new bonds with local communities.”

While utility interest and involvement in smart city deployments is increasing, several key barriers to greater market participation remain, according to the report. These barriers include regulatory challenges, utility business culture and organizational structure, technical and operational challenges, and the lack of a business case for some smart city applications. The configuration of these challenges is unique to each utility given its history, location, culture, and current asset base. However, there are many lessons to learn from early leaders already establishing their footprint in the smart cities market.

The report, Utility Opportunities in Smart Cities, analyzes the global smart city business opportunities for utilities. The study focuses on smart city use cases such as EV charging, smart street lighting, smart buildings, DER, and smart city communication networks. It includes a study of regional trends, utility case studies, and key barriers and opportunities in the market. Global market forecasts, segmented by region and smart city technology type, extend through 2027. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

About Navigant Research

Navigant Research, the dedicated research arm of Navigant, provides market research and benchmarking services for rapidly changing and often highly regulated industries. In the energy sector, Navigant Research focuses on in-depth analysis and reporting about global clean technology markets. The team’s research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of clean, intelligent, mobile, and distributed energy. Additional information about Navigant Research can be found at www.navigantresearch.com.

About Navigant

Navigant Consulting, Inc. is a specialized, global professional services firm that helps clients take control of their future. Navigant’s professionals apply deep industry knowledge, substantive technical expertise, and an enterprising approach to help clients build, manage and/or protect their business interests. With a focus on markets and clients facing transformational change and significant regulatory or legal pressures, the Firm primarily serves clients in the healthcare, energy and financial services industries. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and technology/analytics services, Navigant’s practitioners bring sharp insight that pinpoints opportunities and delivers powerful results. More information about Navigant can be found at navigant.com.

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Utility Opportunities in Smart Cities, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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