Starting from a negligible base, the market for systems that help homeowners improve management of their energy consumption is expected to grow rapidly, with 17 million such systems forecast to ship in 2014, according to ABI Research.
Of the four main avenues for home energy management, ABI says that standalone systems are expected to remain the smallest part of the market, and to show the least growth over the forecast period. Systems provided by utilities will form the market’s largest segment, accounting for more than half of the total system shipments in 2014. Those offered as part of home automation packages, and those delivered as managed services by providers such as telcos, will occupy the market’s middle ground. ABI Research expects this market to start taking off seriously in 2010-2011.
Google and Microsoft, it says, which offer user-interface solutions and application software for some systems, might at first seem unlikely contenders in the area.
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