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Smart grids

Smart grid investments still represent a small share of all investment in network infrastructure and despite the initial enthusiastic response to smart grids, many signs now point to a slowdown.

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Investment in smart grids by technology area, 2014-2018

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Despite the initial enthusiastic response to smart grids, many signs now point to a slowdown

Although smart grid investments rose 10% in 2018, these technologies still represent a small share of all investment in network infrastructure. Furthermore, despite the initial enthusiastic response to smart grids, many signs now point to a slowdown: funding for microgrids and virtual power plants did not expand in 2018, and investments in blockchain technology plummeted. Further efforts are needed to implement regulatory frameworks that recognise and reward investment in new digital technologies and in other ‘non-wire’ alternatives to traditional electricity grid extensions.

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