Distributed Energy Software Is the Next Frontier

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  • Diversified industrials are developing new capabilities
  • So-called Derms are emerging software-based technologies


Vendors have different distributed energy management capabilities 

Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance. 

Diversified industrials, such as ABB Ltd., General Electric Co., Schneider Electric SE, and Siemens AG, are actively developing new capabilities in managing the low-voltage electricity grid. Distributed energy resource management systems, or Derms, are emerging software-based technologies that help utilities integrate rooftop solar, energy storage and electric vehicles. Industrials and utilities are well versed in grid technology but their competencies in customer facing applications are less developed. New entrants that specialize in distributed energy control have been the target for a number of strategic investments by incumbents seeking to adapt to the uptake of distributed energy.

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