1Q 2021

Guidehouse Insights Leaderboard: Microgrid Controls Vendors

Assessment of Strategy and Execution for 16 Providers

Microgrid controls platforms are the gateway technology for microgrids to be mainstreamed. As controls unlock value and are arguably the most important technology decision to make any project successful, there is intense competition in this space. The defining feature of a microgrid is its ability to island in the event of a grid outage, whether planned (e.g., a demand response call) or unplanned (e.g., hurricane, wildfire, or earthquake).

Yet as distributed energy resources overtake the new capacity being added under traditional centralized generation worldwide, microgrid vendors are in many cases expanding their scope and looking to adjacent and overlapping digital platform opportunities such as virtual power plants and distributed energy resources management systems. Customized metrics developed for this report reflect the value that this approach to market captures (technical applications and functionality). These metrics also reflect key partnerships/acquisitions, business model innovation, and the size of both number and installed capacity of project portfolios, with better scores awarded to those vendors with projects that are optimizing diverse renewable energy resources, energy storage, and EVs as grid assets.

This Guidehouse Insights report ranks control providers on two criteria: Strategy and Execution. Threshold scores determine which category (Leader, Contender, Challenger, Follower) they fall into. The companies with the top three aggregate scores, also qualifying as market leaders, each have different strengths and weaknesses. Other notable companies and many of the traditional heavyweights in grid automation are included.


Top Vendors

  1. SEL
  2. Schneider Electric
  3. Siemens
  4. Tesla
  5. Optimal Power Solutions
  6. Hitachi ABB Power Grids
  8. Enel X
  9. PXiSE Energy Solutions
  10. PowerSecure
  11. CleanSpark
  12. GE
  13. Heila Technologies
  14. S&C Electric
  15. Emerson
  16. Eaton
Pages 57
Tables | Charts | Figures 23
  • Who are the leading microgrid controls vendors and why?
  • How do some of the larger technology vendors in this space stack up against each other?
  • Which companies feature the most innovative strategies for microgrid controls offerings?
  • Which companies are the best at executing on these same strategies?
  • Why are smaller innovators included in this report?
  • Microgrid developers
  • Microgrid hosts
  • Utilities
  • EPC firms
  • Energy storage solution providers
  • Retailers and aggregators
  • Critical facility owners and/or operators seeking resilience
  • Investor community

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Market Introduction

1.2   The Guidehouse Insights Leaderboard Grid

2. Market Overview

2.1   Market Definition

2.2   Market Drivers

2.3   Market Barriers

2.4   Market Trends

3. The Guidehouse Insights Leaderboard

3.1   The Guidehouse Insights Leaderboard Categories

3.1.1   Leaders

3.1.2   Contenders

3.1.3   Challengers


3.2   The Guidehouse Insights Leaderboard Grid

4. Company Rankings

4.1   Leaders

4.1.1   SEL

4.1.2   Schneider Electric

4.1.3   Siemens

4.2   Contenders

4.2.1   Tesla

4.2.2   Optimal Power Solutions

4.2.3   Hitachi ABB Power Grids

4.2.4   ENGIE EPS

4.2.5   Enel X

4.2.6   PXiSE Energy Solutions

4.2.7   PowerSecure

4.2.8   CleanSpark

4.2.9   GE

4.2.10   Heila Technologies

4.2.11   S&C Electric

4.2.12   Emerson

4.2.13   Eaton

5. Acronym and Abbreviation List

6. Table of Contents

7. Table of Charts and Figures

8. Scope of Study and Methodology

8.1   Scope of Study

8.2   Sources and Methodology

8.2.1   Vendor Selection

8.2.2   Ratings Scale   Score Calculations

8.2.3   Criteria Definitions   Strategy   Execution

  • Total Microgrid Controls Spending by Region, World Markets: 2021-2030
  • The Guidehouse Insights Leaderboard Grid
  • SEL Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Schneider Electric Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Siemens Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Tesla Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Optimal Power Solutions Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Hitachi ABB Power Grids
  • ENGIE EPS Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Enel X Strategy and Execution Scores
  • PXiSE Energy Solutions Strategy and Execution Scores
  • PowerSecure Strategy and Execution Scores
  • CleanSpark Strategy and Execution Scores
  • GE Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Heila Technologies Strategy and Execution Scores
  • S&C Electric Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Emerson Automation Solutions Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Eaton’s Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Total Microgrid Controls Spending by Region, World Markets: 2021-2030
  • The Guidehouse Insights Leaderboard Overall Scores
  • Vendor Scores
  • Vendor Scores on Strategy Criteria
  • Vendor Scores on Execution Criteria
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