energy efficiency Tag

Time to face facts: the term "energy efficiency" simply isn't sexy. Energy manager readers of this blog know it better than anyone else: uttering this bland phrase generates skeptical squints, a few eyerolls, or at best, a half-hearted shrug among colleagues and customers alike. So why is energy efficiency met with such indifference? And what can be done about it, if anything? Good news: there's a groundbreaking initiative out there that's changing the way businesses are talking about energy management, and you can become a part of it! Read on to discover more...

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:

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:

energy traders consultingWelcome to the 3rd edition of DEXMA Partner Spotlight! This month we are highlighting Energy Traders Consulting, a Spanish ESCO delivering energy consulting services and building automation solutions.

We spoke with CEO Gabriel Viñegla Garcia who is based in Badajoz, Spain.

Here are some of the best bits of our conversation:

Did you know that 60% of your hotel's carbon footprint comes from energy use? Not only that, but your bottom line is affected too: energy use is eating up 6-10% of your property's revenues. It might not be your biggest operating cost - but it's the one growing fastest! Besides, when it's so easy to do a little hotel energy management, what hotelier wouldn't want to save money on their next electricity bill? Plus, your customers actually want greener hotels - but they aren't necessarily willing to sacrifice higher rates or forgo any kind of luxury.  If you are in the hospitality industry, read on to learn how to balance an optimal guest experience with properly implemented hotel energy management:

maetrics logoWelcome to the 2nd edition of DEXMA Partner Spotlight! This month we are highlighting Maetrics, an Italian ESCO delivering energy management and building automation solutions.

We spoke with Managing Director Paolo Finotto who is based in Venice (ah, Venice!).

Here are some of the best snippets of our conversation:

"Tomorrow’s energy is decentralised, decarbonised and digital,” says Rockstart Smart Energy Accelerator Director Freerk Bisschop. As an energy professional, staying updated with the latest industry trends also means keeping an eye on the up-and-coming energy innovators. That's why we're so excited to share our picks for the most promising energy startups to watch in 2017. How did we choose? Easy: our top energy startups to follow do one or more of the following:
  • connect prosumers, electric vehicles, storage and demand
  • use Big Data, machine learning algorithms and IoT connectivity
  • focus on energy cyber security
  • build the potential to change the energy marketplace
  • boost business models for energy efficiency and/or renewables
And now for the long-awaited list... drumroll!