NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Smart Grid Deployment Tracker 3Q13 http://www.reportlinker.com/p01659488/Smart-Grid-Deployment-Tracker-3Q13.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Electrical_Equipment Smart Meter and Smart Grid Projects: Project Tracking, Regional Analysis, Vendor Selection Share, and Unit Shipments Smart meter shipments in the first half of 2013 grew in comparison to the last half of 2012. The total volume reached 25.9 million meters in 1Q 2013 and 25.5 million meters in 2Q 2013. This slight quarterly decline was due to a lull in announcements for large new smart grid projects. China still accounts for the vast majority of global smart meter shipments, as the pace of deployments in the country continues to outpace that in other regions. The pace of meter shipments in North America, however, continued to slow down from the previous quarters. Many smart metering projects that had been fueled by U.S. federal stimulus money came to an end. As a result, there were few large-scale smart meter deployments announced in North America during the first half of 2013. The exception was Commonwealth Edison in Illinois, which said it would finally move ahead with the deployment of nearly 4 million smart meters after winning government approval. Smart meter projects in Europe, France in particular, are also poised to accelerate in coming quarters. Navigant Research estimates that total smart meter shipments for 3Q 2012-2Q 2013 amounted to 97.7 million meters. This Navigant Research report, updated for the first half of 2013, provides an analysis of worldwide utility smart grid and smart meter programs. It tracks data related to global customer endpoints, meter manufacturers, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications vendors, systems integrators, and meter data management (MDM) vendors. The report also includes a tactical examination of the technologies, timeframes, and vendor selections for AMI and smart grid utility deployments across the world, along with vendor selection share analysis for North America.