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The market for home energy management systems (HEMS) is still in the early stages of development. However, investments, product development and new product shipments progressed rapidly in 2010 compared to prior years. ABI Research expects the pace of development and the influx of new vendors seeking to capitalize on this still "green field" market opportunity to continue expanding even more quickly in 2011 and beyond. These vendors range from semiconductor manufacturers to utility-centric suppliers targeting a key aspect of the smart grid (HAN/DR), to home automation vendors seeking to integrate energy management into both standalone systems and those oriented toward deployment by broadband service providers. Also included are "pure-play" HEMS vendors, networking equipment providers, and enterprise software vendors. The HEMS market has tremendous potential as a segment of the overall smart grid market, and increased consumer interest in managing energy consumption is driving demand. The two factors spurring user interest are convenience and cost. Consumers are increasingly embracing the notion of linking and managing their various home systems such as entertainment, security, lighting and thermostats via a fast, efficient mechanism that saves them time and ultimately money. However the HEMS market does face a number of challenges from a technology and marketing perspective.This study examines the HEMS market in detail, analyzing each of the key market segments described above, their market adoption drivers and challenges, significant competitive landscape trends, and the major technological issues facing the market. In addition, the report profiles the key players in the market, as well as quantifying the market opportunity in five-year unit shipment and revenue forecasts by market segment and region. The target audience for the report includes: HEMS vendors; home automation system vendors; broadband service providers; utilities; short-range wireless and powerline technology vendors; networking equipment providers; enterprise software vendors; and investors and consultants targeting the smart grid market.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary: Top-Line Forecast
  • 1. Executive Summary 2
    • 1.1. Market Overview and Segmentation 2
    • 1.2. Market Drivers and Challenges 2
    • 1.3. Competitive Landscape Overview 3
    • 1.4. Business Drivers 3
    • 1.5. Technology Trends 6
    • 1.6. Forecast Trends 8
  • 2. Market Issues 9
    • 2.1. Market Overview and Segmentation 9
      • 2.1.1. Why? 9
    • 2.2. Market Opportunity Assessment 12
      • 2.2.1. HEMS Benefits Analysis 13
        • 2.2.1.1. Benefits to Consumers 14
        • 2.2.1.2. Benefits to Utilities 15
      • 2.2.2. Market Drivers and Enablers 15
        • 2.2.2.1. Utility Smart Meter Deployments 15
        • 2.2.2.2. Smart Grid Standardization Efforts 15
        • 2.2.2.3. Consumer Energy Consciousness 16
        • 2.2.2.4. Government Regulatory Mandates 16
        • 2.2.2.5. Government Stimulus Funding 16
        • 2.2.2.6. Desire of Telcos and Broadband Service Providers to Add to Service Bundle 17
        • 2.2.2.7. Desire of Home Automation Vendors to Differentiate Offerings 18
      • 2.2.3. Market Challenges and Inhibitors 18
        • 2.2.3.1. Utility Acceptance 18
        • 2.2.3.2. Consumer Acceptance and Engagement 18
        • 2.2.3.3. Technological Ambiguity 19
    • 2.3. Consumer Attitudes toward Home Energy Management 20
      • 2.3.1. Survey Methodology 20
      • 2.3.2. Survey Results 21
        • 2.3.2.1. 2009 vs. 2010 HEMS Usage Comparison: Survey Highlights 21
        • 2.3.2.2. Familiarity and Interest in HEMS 29
    • 2.4. Competitive Landscape Trends 35
      • 2.4.1. Platform Plays 36
      • 2.4.2. Consolidation Trends 38
      • 2.4.3. The Impact of Google and Microsoft 38
  • 3. Technology Issues 40
    • 3.1. HEMS Design Considerations 40
      • 3.1.1. Topology 40
        • 3.1.1.1. Utility-Deployed HEMS 40
        • 3.1.1.2. Service Provider HEMS 42
        • 3.1.1.3. Home Automation-centric and Standalone HEMS 43
      • 3.1.2. User Interface 43
        • 3.1.2.1. Web Portals 44
        • 3.1.2.2. Programmable Communicating Thermostats 45
        • 3.1.2.3. In-Home Displays 46
        • 3.1.2.4. Other 47
      • 3.1.3. Security 48
    • 3.2. Standardization and the Interconnection of Subsystems and Third-Party Devices 49
      • 3.2.1. "No-New-Wire" Communication Technologies 50
        • 3.2.1.1. ZigBee Smart Energy 51
        • 3.2.1.2. HomePlug Green PHY 51
        • 3.2.1.3. Z-Wave Advanced Energy Control Framework 51
        • 3.2.1.4. 6loWPAN 52
        • 3.2.1.5. Wireless M-Bus 53
        • 3.2.1.6. EnOcean 53
        • 3.2.1.7. LonWorks ISI 53
        • 3.2.1.8. INSTEON 54
        • 3.2.1.9. KNX 54
      • 3.2.2. U Smart Network Access Port and the Universal Metering Interface 54
      • 3.2.3. Application Layer Technologies 55
        • 3.2.3.1. Standardized Application Layers in Conjunction with "No-New-Wire" Technologies 55
        • 3.2.3.2. XML and Platform Interworking 55
  • 4. Market Forecasts 57
    • 4.1. Forecast Methodology 57
      • 4.1.1. Primary and Secondary Sources of Information 57
      • 4.1.2. Other ABI Research Data Sets Used in Preparing This Report 57
      • 4.1.3. Forecast Segmentation 57
      • 4.1.4. Step-by-Step Process Used to Develop the Forecasts 58
    • 4.2. Home Energy Management Systems Forecast by Type 59
    • 4.3. Home Energy Management Systems Revenue by Type 59
    • 4.4. Home Energy Management Systems Unit Shipments by Region 61
  • 5. Select Industry Players 62
    • 5.1. 4Home/Motorola Mobility 62
    • 5.2. AlertMe.com 63
    • 5.3. Ambient Devices 63
    • 5.4. Blue Line Innovation 64
    • 5.5. Control4 65
    • 5.6. Current Cost 66
    • 5.7. Ecobee 66
    • 5.8. Ember Corporation 67
    • 5.9. eMeter 67
    • 5.10. Energate 68
    • 5.11. Energy Hub 68
    • 5.12. EnOcean Alliance 69
    • 5.13. Exceptional Innovation 69
    • 5.14. Google's PowerMeter 69
    • 5.15. GridPoint 70
    • 5.16. HomePlug Powerline Alliance 71
    • 5.17. Intamac Systems 71
    • 5.18. Lagotek 72
    • 5.19. Microsoft's Hohm 72
    • 5.20. Onzo 72
    • 5.21. OpenPeak 73
    • 5.22. Portus 74
    • 5.23. PowerHouse Dynamics 74
    • 5.24. PowerMand 74
    • 5.25. Sequentric Energy Systems 75
    • 5.26. Silver Spring Networks 75
    • 5.27. Tendril 76
    • 5.28. Trilliant Networks 76
    • 5.29. Xanboo/AT&T 77
    • 5.30. iControl Networks 77
    • 5.31. ZigBee Alliance 78
    • 5.32. Z-Wave Alliance 79
  • 6. Company Directory 80
  • 7. Acronyms 85

Charts

  1. Home Energy Management Systems Unit Shipments by Type, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  2. Average Household Electricity Savings (4% to 12%) by Feedback Type
  3. Home Energy Management Systems Unit Shipments by Type, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016 (Chart 4.1 in the accompanying Excel worksheet)
  4. EMS Usage Makes Gains
  5. Do you have an EMS installed in your home? ABI Research HEMS 2009 vs. 2010 Survey
  6. Satisfaction with EMS
  7. Primary Concern Regarding EMS
  8. How Long have you Had Your EMS?
  9. Primary Benefit of EMS
  10. Estimated Monthly Electric Bill Savings Due to EMS
  11. Ways in Which View Information about Electricity Consumption from EMS
  12. Types of Equipment/Devices Connected to EMS
  13. Familiarity with EMS
  14. Interest in Installing/Using EMS in the Future
  15. Primary Concern Regarding EMS (Among Those Less Than Very Interested
  16. Primary Concern Regarding EMS (Among Those Extremely or Very Interested)
  17. Preference for Obtaining EMS
  18. Primary Reason Interested in EMS
  19. Expected Monthly Electrical Bill Savings from an EMS
  20. Likely Timeframe for Installing EMS
  21. Preferred Ways to View Information about Energy Consumption from EMS
  22. Types of Equipment/Devices Most Likely to Connect to EMS
  23. Home Energy Management Systems Unit Shipments by Type, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  24. Home Energy Management Systems Unit Shipment Revenue by Type, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  25. Home Energy Management Systems Unit Shipments by Region, World Market, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  26. Do you have an EMS installed in your home?
  27. Satisfaction with EMS
  28. Primary Concern Regarding EMS
  29. How long have you had your EMS?
  30. Primary Benefit of EMS
  31. Estimated Monthly Electrical Bill Savings Due to EMS
  32. Ways in Which View Information about Electricity Consumption from EMS
  33. Types of Equipment/Devices Connected to EMS
  34. Familiarity with EMS
  35. Interest in Installing/Using EMS in the Future
  36. Primary Concern Regarding EMS (Among Those Less Than Very Interested)
  37. Primary Concern Regarding EMS (Among Those Extremely or Very Interested)
  38. Preference for Obtaining EMS
  39. Primary Reason Interested in EMS
  40. Expected Monthly Electrical Bill Savings from an EMS
  41. Likely Timeframe for Installing EMS
  42. Preferred Ways to View Information about Energy Consumption from EMS
  43. Types of Equipment/Devices Most Likely to Connect to EMS
  44. Home Energy Management Systems Unit Shipments by Type
  45. Home Energy Management Systems Unit Shipment Revenue by Type
  46. Home Energy Management Systems Unit Shipments by Region
  47. Home Energy Management Systems Unit Shipment Revenue by Region
  48. Utility HEMS Unit Shipments by Region
  49. Utility HEMS Unit Shipment Revenue by Region
  50. Service Provider HEMS Unit Shipments by Region
  51. Service Provider HEMS Unit Shipment Revenue by Region
  52. Home Automation HEMS Unit Shipments by Region
  53. Home Automation HEMS Unit Shipment Revenue by Region
  54. Standalone HEMS Unit Shipments by Region
  55. Standalone HEMS Unit Shipment Revenue by Region

Figures

  1. Basic Topological Model for HEMS Design
  2. Utility-Centric Solutions vs. Consumer-Centric Solutions
  3. HEMS Vendor Competitive Landscape
  4. Tendril's TREE Platform
  5. Utility-Deployed HEMS Network Topology
  6. Service Provider-Deployed HEMS Network Topology
  7. Home Automation-Centric HEMS Network Topology
  8. Ambient Devices' Energy Joule
  9. Tendril's Vantage Dashboard
  10. HAI Omnistat 2 Programmable Communicating Thermostat
  11. Tendril Insight In-Home Display
  12. Exceptional Innovation TV-Based User Interface