Every energy manager knows how useful energy management software is in delivering the analysis and control capabilities their customers need to make smarter energy decisions, lower energy costs more effectively and increase overall energy productivity. But did you ever stop to consider how the quality of the energy decisions you and your clients make is directly influenced by the quality of the data you base them on?

It’s one of the first things you reach for when your clients ask for energy savings advice: your trusty submetering, datalogger and energy monitoring hardware catalogue. But when those same customers see the final installation price tag, especially for large building portfolios, their eyes start to water and they begin to have second thoughts… Sounds familiar? Sick of risking so many energy efficiency projects on astronomical hardware costs? Good news, energy managers: now you can skip the risk and the guesswork entirely. In our next free online training on November 9th, we’ll show you how to generate zero-touch energy savings in the cloud.

As the digital transformation of energy gains momentum, energy managers are being bombarded with a growing data deluge. In fact, some of the most common questions we get from new DEXMA partners include "What report should I be viewing?" and "What energy data matters most?"Even though you might be working with a wide range of clients from different industrial sectors, there are certain energy consumption metrics that every energy manager should be looking at. After all, badly configured or ignored metrics will negatively impact your client's cost estimates or retrofit project plans, so it’s important to nip any potential discrepancies the bud. If one of the following analytics doesn’t look quite right, it’s a clear signal that something needs to be tweaked or changed altogether:

As of April 2018, two new energy regulations called DCP 228 and DCP 161 will come into force in the United Kingdom.Officially titled Distribution Change Proposal 228 for Revenue Matching in the Common Distribution Charging Methodology, DCP 228 will have a significant impact on the calculation of electricity distribution charges - which can make up to 19% of a customer's bill.Under DCP 161, consumers who exceed their capacity will be charged an excess capacity rate which could be up to three times higher than the standard rate.Read on to find out exactly what DCP 228 and DCP 161 will mean for your energy bill and how your business and customers will be affected. 

Manufacturing businesses across Europe are striving to reduce their energy usage and costs as they continue to rise, affecting bottom lines and ROI. The planet is also negatively affected by industrial energy use, responsible for about 21% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwideIn the UK, 79% of manufacturers describe energy efficiency as a "business critical" issue, and 9/10 businesses discuss energy management at the board level, according to the Financial Times. Yet, the same survey revealed only half of manufacturers actually have a 5-year energy management plan in place - most are only thinking ahead one year in advance. With Brexit becoming more real every day, future challenges in industrial energy consumption will only intensify in the UK and beyond. Bringing up the topic of energy management in the corporate board room is an important first step, but even more critical is taking a holistic approach by following up and translating those conversations into concrete actions. If you are working in an industrial plant, here are four measures you can take today to reduce the burden of high energy costs in manufacturing, regardless of sector.

Last Thursday, the Catalan Parliament passed new legislation to impose a carbon tax on any pollution-causing business activities, including the operation of polluting vehicles such as large vessels. The law follows closely behind Catalonia's carbon tax on road vehicles introduced earlier this year.The legislative package known as the "Climate Change Bill" comes with a clear aim: to reduce carbon emissions 40% by 2030, 65% by 2040 and 100% by 2050. Learn more about this groundbreaking law - the first of its kind in southern Europe.

The way we produce and supply energy, also known as the energy value chain, is undergoing a major shift these days. For utilities, what were once an easily predictable, low-risk and safe investments are quickly turning into liabilities. As one analyst recently told the Economist, “Never in recent history has the deployment of capital been more difficult than it is right now within the energy industry.”As utilities adjust to operating in uncertainty, they must face the disruption of their traditional business model and take on new roles in the energy value chain.A new report from the ENTRUST project has detected 10 emerging business models for utilities, inspired by examples of finding new ways to add value in the face of disruption and digital transformation. In each one, the way utilities operate and innovate in the new energy paradigm looks a little bit different.Learn how each business model works in the infographic below:

Utilities in deregulated markets are under more pressure than ever to attract and retain customers and are therefore more motivated to consider new technologies to extend their energy services offering. Previous posts in our Future-Proof Utility series have discussed the driving forces behind utilities' push for innovation, and the importance of a customer-centric approach. While both of these concepts are of crucial strategic importance, technology is the vehicle that will ultimately bring the future-proof utility into being. That's why this post will zero in on 5 technologies utilities are exploring and investing in, and what kind of capabilities they will need in order to meaningfully expand their energy services.