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A smart grid survey from GTM Research concludes that the next wave of smart grid investments will be led by the relatively small market segment known as municipal utilities. Investor owned utilities make up about 75 percent of the market and municipal utilities serve about 13 percent of electricity customers. But the investor owned utilities have already implemented a lot of infrastructure, partially due to money available from the DOE to stimulate installations, and some analysts are predicting a dip in smart meter deployment spending over the next couple years.  GTM’s model says that $7 billion will be spent by municipal utilities through 2017 with advance metering infrastructure (smart meters), distribution automation, and demand response the most important priorities for them.