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

Having worked with energy companies for the better part of a decade, all of us at DEXMA are acutely aware of the pain points energy managers and ESCOs face when it comes to capturing all that delicious data they’re creating.Of course we're talking about metering hardware (and the headaches that come with it - setting up dataloggers, wiring, protocols, etc). Speaking with our Support Team, it seems that most of you have quite a few challenges in common.Here we'll touch on 5 of them, but if your metering questions remain unanswered, make sure you join our live online training with Alfonso Mateos, DEXMA's in-house hardware expert this April 27th at 16H!

Energy efficiency and savings for SMEs sounds nice on paper, but can be much more complicated in practice. Only 5 years ago nearly 40% of European SMEs (more than 7.5 million companies) had not implemented any energy saving or efficiency actions whatsoever.With the European Commission’s Winter Package proposal for a 30% energy efficiency target by 2030, energy audits targeting SMEs could unlock incredible  energy savings potential in Europe. Unfortunately, due to their small size, sectoral variation, and the low returns per customer, ESCOs have a particularly difficult time reaching the SME market in order to reach these targets. Yet, if SMEs implemented energy efficiency measures to their full potential, they could shave more than 20% off their energy bills. And that is something SMEs in Europe and beyond simply can't afford NOT to do.Most importantly, SMEs have very specific needs when it comes to energy efficiency. ESCOs need to do a better job of recognising and addressing these pain points. To help with that, here is a list of the top energy efficiency challenges faced by small and medium-sized enterprises:

More and more companies are realising the transformational benefits of setting an ambitious energy productivity goal. They range from huge cost savings and improved energy security to driving innovation throughout the company. And crucially, many companies are achieving an immediate impact on profitability as well as safeguarding future returns.Companies large and small can seize these opportunities by committing to doubling energy productivity through the EP100 initiative, from The Climate Group in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy, as part of the We Mean Business coalition.In this special guest post, EP100 Director Jenny Chu lays out 3 reasons why companies are making a formal commitment to double their energy productivity:

It’s time to refresh our knowledge about hardware in energy efficiency projects! What could be better than a free training on such an essential piece of the energy metering puzzle… You got it, we’re talking about dataloggers! Read on for details about the live training and Q&A session.

As of 1st April 2017, the English water retail market will open up for businesses, charities and public sector bodies. It will be the biggest retail market for water services in the world. Plus, what better moment than World Water Day to understand what the UK water market deregulation is all about? Most importantly - how can your ESCO leverage the opportunities hidden within these regulatory changes?

As an ESCO, you are probably missing out on an opportunity of serving more SME clients. After all, the EU alone is home to 22 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which provide around 89 million jobs and represent 99% of all enterprises. However, these businesses rarely have the capacity to exploit energy savings.While absolute energy use per SME  (industrial and non-industrial) is lower than in large, energy-intensive industrial companies, focusing on energy end-use efficiency in SMEs is often very cost effective. Still, too often these small businesses are falling between the cracks as weak business cases - even though there are plenty of good reasons for ESCOs to focus on serving SME clients better.In a free online session this April 11th at 3pm CET, world-renowned  energy efficiency expert Dr. Steven Fawkes is going to show us how!

Let's not beat around the bush: there are some monumental challenges facing commercial and industrial (C&I) sectors regarding energy costs and energy management. These challenges require a specific set of professional skills for the energy managers and teams who will deal with them.The ability to engage and collaborate with other related stakeholders as vendors, business owners, building owners, real estate firms, government officials, educators and business owners to achieve the required goals of decreasing the overwhelming cost of energy consumption is very important.In this guest post, experienced energy engineer and DEXMA guest blogger Magdy Aly reveals the top 10 energy manager skills that will enable present and future energy professionals to overcome major challenges.