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Navigant ranks AutoGrid, Enbala, Siemens atop distributed energy management systems

Enbala Networks demonstrates its solution at DISTRIBUTECH International

A new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of 16 distributed energy resources management systems (DERMSs) for distributed energy resources (DER) and grid management providers, with Siemens, Enbala, and AutoGrid ranked as the leading market players.

As the roles of stakeholders evolve—from the end customer, to the utility, and all the way up to policymakers—there are many questions as to how DER will be optimally managed. A new wave of technologies developed to manage DER, like DERMSs, presents both opportunities and challenges for vendors and utilities.

“Incumbent information technology/operational technology (IT/OT) vendors, new entrants, and startups have each approached product development from different perspectives, creating a diverse landscape of vendors in the highly competitive DERMS market,” says Roberto Rodriguez Labastida, senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “Today’s leaders are offering comprehensive solutions that can be tailored to operate in a wide variety of regulatory environments and by different actors in the power market like market operators, system operators, energy suppliers, or aggregators.”

Companies that trail the leaders have different backgrounds, with most offering specialized platforms extending into DERMSs. These backgrounds include large technology companies expanding their advanced distribution management system (ADMS) platforms, demand response management systems (DRMS) platform vendors adding other DER, and market-facing virtual power plant (VPP) platforms extending their solution to offer direct grid management.

AutoGrid, Enbala and Siemens are all exhibitors at the upcoming DistribuTECH conference and exhibition Feb. 5-7 in New Orleans. AutoGrid is in booth 11833, Enbala in booth 11443 and Siemens at booth 8029.