French distribution system operator Enedis outperformed other utilities with best practices in six out of the seven smart grid ‘dimensions’ evaluated in the annual index.
These are monitoring and control, data analytics including smart meter coverage, distributed energy resource integration, green energy, cyber security and customer empowerment and satisfaction, with supply reliability as measured by SAIDI and SAIFI.
With this Enedis, which also gained an improved score, retains its top position from 2021.
Tying in second place are Taiwan Power Company and UK Power Networks and in fourth place Consolidated Edison from the US and Western Power Distribution from GB.
Australia’s CitiPower is the sixth utility to achieve a score over 90, albeit with a slight decline in its overall performance since 2021.
The Smart Grid Index from Singapore’s SP Group reports smart grid progress in the different regions and globally, with benchmark scorings for 94 utilities in 39 countries across the world.
The Index records Florida Power & Light and Southern California Edison from the US, Britain’s Northern Powergrid and Netherlands’ Stedin tying as new entrants to the top 10, while previously ranked 8th Pacific Gas & Electric drops to tie with Commonwealth Edison in 14th position.
At the bottom of the list are two Romanian DSOs E-distributie Dobrogea and E-distributie Muntenia and South Africa’s City Power.
For the record SP Group is well down in the ranking in 39th position, tieing with Ausnet from Australia, Dominion Energy from the US and Liander from the Netherlands.
Smart grid progress
The benchmarking indicates progress in smart grids globally in all the dimensions except supply reliability. By region the greatest progress was exhibited in North America in distributed energy resource integration, in Europe in customer empowerment and satisfaction and in Asia Pacific in data analytics.
The data also indicates that the highest growth overall was achieved by utilities in data analytics, while North America is leading in energy storage deployment with a score 20 points greater than the figure globally.
Asia Pacific also was found to have caught up on smart meter deployment.