The 41 countries in our survey spanned the main regions of Asia, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa, and South America. Here we highlight some of the main differences between the regions.
Globally, the emphasis is on a regulatory environment that encourages network investment, the removal of strategic infrastructure planning bottlenecks, and increased interconnection between different electricity systems. The regional responses stressed the same things, except:
Industry opinion in North America, Asia and Europe is sceptical whether the potential of energy efficiency programmes can become reality. In contrast, in other parts of the world where the scope for improvements is greater, survey participants are more optimistic.
Worries about customer engagement being a barrier to realising the full potential of smart grid and smart metering technology are greatest in North American and Europe.
Expectations of the development of electric vehicles are weakest in North and South America. Europe and Asia are in line with the global results but, perhaps surprisingly, optimism about the potential of electric-powered personal transport is greatest in the Middle East and Africa.
Survey participants in Asia and North America are more optimistic than their counterparts in other parts of the world on the outlook for fuel poverty. Those in the Middle East and Africa are in line with the global results but European and South America response are more pessimistic.