DEXMA is delighted to announce its partnership with the Building Efficiency Accelerator, a public-private collaboration managed by the World Resources Institute as part of the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) initiative of the United Nations.The aim of the BEA is to double the rate of energy efficiency improvement in the global building sector by 2030.

This post comes to you out of pure #energynerd excitement that metering - yes, THAT kind of metering - was featured on the latest episode of one of my favourite podcasts, 99% Invisible! Well, 99% Invisible actually “borrowed” this episode from ANOTHER great (and equally nerdy) podcast you should definitely listen to, called Outside/In.If you are interested in thrilling topics like utility rate design, the accidental origin of net metering and how it enabled the explosive growth of solar power, this episode is a must-listen for energy nerds everywhere.

Since October 2016, DEXMA's Research, Development and Innovation Department has been involved in a new R&D+i project called FlexDSM (Flexibility Demand-Side Management), soon to be integrated into DEXMA's flagship energy management platform, DEXCell Energy Manager.Through the FlexDSM project, DEXMA aims to use its wealth of experience in advanced energy analytics to boost demand-side management capacity in SMEs. As a tool for DSM enablement, FlexDSM will help small C&I players take their first steps toward demand response: one of the fastest-growing areas of energy innovation.

If you are working for an SME in the UK, I have some good news for you! The Carbon Trust is providing small and medium businesses up to £10,000 to install energy saving technology, including renewables, new energy-saving equipment and behind the meter batteries.The funding mechanism is called The Green Business Fund, which will offer direct financial support through energy assessments, workshops, procurement support and up to £10k capital (or up to 30% of the purchase cost) per SME towards purchasing equipment to save energy.

If you work in the world of energy, it comes as no surprise that the "language" is technically complex by nature. While borrowing terms from a range of disciplines, from physics to finance, energy productivity also has its own set of complicated terms and jargon that are likely to come up in any conversation about energy efficiency.

As if that wasn’t complicated enough, the list of energy management acronyms keeps getting longer (IoT, EMS, aM&T, oh my…). To add to the confusion, a bunch of terms sound bewilderingly similar, or are used interchangeably even when they shouldn’t be.

So whether you are a seasoned energy professional or brand new to the energy game, you need to be armed with the right vocabulary - so here’s your arsenal of helpful terms to know.

Does your business need its own energy manager?Should you rely on internal resources to start your energy management journey?Or seek external assistance from an ESCO, especially for financing help? (If you don't even know where to begin looking for money, check this previous post on funding resources for energy efficiency projects).For a quick overview about what energy managers do, what professional skills to look for and how energy management in general might fit into your business model, no matter what your company does, check out this infographic:

The Energy Productivity Innovation Challenge (EPIC), an initiative supported by ClimateWorks Foundation and launched by Energy Unlocked, searched for 100 exemplary companies that are tackling inefficiencies in energy systems. These companies, dubbed the EPIC 100, together represent a movement pointing to a new energy system.The aim was to understand why and how their business models are gaining traction in specific markets, especially in China, India, Europe, Australia, the USA and Brazil – and how to accelerate their global impact.We are proud to announce that DEXMA has been named to the list of EPIC 100 businesses transforming energy systems around the world. Read on to discover why!

Of all commercial buildings, restaurants use the highest amount of energy per square metre. In fact, UK Power and the Family Hospitality Group estimate that anywhere between 5 to 15% of a restaurant’s total expenditure can be taken up by energy alone!Considering that the average profit margin of a full-service restaurant is usually less than 10% of gross revenue - energy consumption suddenly becomes a BIG financial concern.In keeping with our industry focus series, where we have previously talked about energy management in hotels, supermarkets, and office buildings, this article spotlights how restaurants can work on bringing down their energy costs.energy efficiency in restaurants

On their own, SMEs don’t consume huge amounts of energy. But collectively, their energy demand is a different story. The IEA estimates SMEs consume around 13% of total global energy demand (that’s 74 exajoules for those keeping track - I'm looking at you, energy managers!). Yet, approximately 30% of that demand could be eliminated by cost-effective energy efficiency measures, such as implementing energy management software. That would save more energy than Japan and Korea consume in a year!Sounds great, right? Which business wouldn't want that level of savings? Well, according to the Observatory of European SMEs, fewer than 30% of them in Europe have implemented any measures for conserving energy, and only 4% have a comprehensive approach to energy efficiency.Hm. What gives? In a previous post, we talked about the various obstacles holding SMEs back from reaching their energy productivity potential.  Now, how can SMEs overcome these roadblocks? And how can ESCOs get better at helping them? This is the central question driving our latest free guide: Energy Management for SMEs