According to “The World Market for Power Measurement Trends” from IMS Research, now part of IHS Inc., strong growth is predicted for the power measurement hardware market, with global revenues amounting to more than $4.2 billion cumulatively over the next five years. Many factors are driving this revenue growth, including increased electricity use, energy-efficiency initiatives, government mandates, more knowledge among building professionals on the benefits of submetering, and the increased adoption of system-level control schemes (including building automation and energy-management systems). Submeters accounted for 65% of global metering revenues in 2012 and are expected to grow faster than meters with power quality.

“Installing submeters allows building owners to allocate costs and understand energy consumption at a department, floor, or even a machine level,” said Nicole Tuggle, smart utilities infrastructure analyst at IHS. “This holds business units accountable for the energy they consume. As energy users become more aware of their usage and how it relates to the costs they incur, there is more motivation to take responsibility for their actions and reduce energy consumption. Additionally, more detailed metering can highlight problem areas in buildings, thus presenting opportunities for cost savings.”

Almost half of global revenue in 2012 for submeters came from manufacturing and industrial applications. However, analysts say these sectors will account for a smaller share of global revenue in the long term as faster growth is predicted for numerous commercial applications. For instance, the transportation and infrastructure sector is projected to have the fastest revenue growth for submeters globally, doubling from $40 million in 2012 to more than $80 million by 2017. This is largely being driven by growth in the transportation system in China, where 82 new airports are planned to be built and more than 100 are planned to be expanded under the country’s 12th Five-Year Plan.

Although Asia is forecast to have the fastest revenue growth for power measurement equipment during the next five years, the Americas still remain the largest market in revenue terms, accounting for roughly 40% of the global power measurement equipment market in 2012. Historically, this region has been the largest market for high-cost power quality meters.

“Many national directives and initiatives promoting energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption are driving the market for power measurement equipment,” said Tuggle. “Strong growth is predicted in the next several years for this market, and revenue is expected to reach roughly
$1 billion annually in 2017.”