Utilities seek the support of trade allies to meet their ambitious energy efficiency goals, improve consumer experience,
and play an important role in contributing to DSM program participation. There were administrative challenges for the
utilities to manage their network of hundreds of trade allies, and have therefore adopted a software-based approach to
bridge the gap. ANB Systems, Inc. works with a number of utilities in the US, and a portal was implemented to easily
interface with the trade allies. This portal enables program managers to effectively engage and encourage the
participation of contractors, vendors, and distributors in their energy efficiency and demand-side programs through a
user-friendly, cloud-based software interface.