Author: Nicole

Earth Day is celebrated worldwide on April 22nd, and this year will be no exception. But, have you ever done anything special as an energy professional to celebrate it? You should! Especially if you work in a business that involves energy efficiency. Why? Because you’re helping to ensure a better, greener and more conscious planet.

If you are anything like me and my nerdy colleagues, getting a whole lot more reading done is topping your your list of New Year’s Resolutions for 2018.  Good news for you, energy professionals: there are bunch of really great new(ish) books out there on the energy transition that are definitely worth adding to your 2018 Energy Reading List. In this post, we list a selection of some of our favourite titles that will give you a welcome break from those dry-as-dust how-to manuals and calls for tenders. With just the right balance of entertainment and fresh knowledge, let's give your career (and bookshelf!) a motivational boost:

Since October 2017, DEXMA’s Research, Development and Innovation team has been involved in a new R&D+i project called RESPOND (Integrated demand REsponse Solution towards energy POsitive NeighbourhooDs). DEXMA intends to use its wealth of experience in advanced energy analytics to boost demand-side management capacity in 3 residential test pilot sites in 3 different European countries. Through the RESPOND project, these residential communities will take their first steps toward demand responseone of the fastest-growing areas of energy innovation.

Although you may not believe it, one of the energy manager’s worst nightmares is to answer their client’s energy efficiency questions - even the most basic ones! They can be tough to answer fully and completely, while trying to be specific to each project and situation. Yet, many energy managers still lose projects for this reason. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, we have analysed 5 of the most common energy efficiency questions that typically come up in energy project conversations and outlined how to give a simple and clear answer.

Ready to win more projects this 2018? Consider polishing up your LinkedIn profile first. After all, the energy management market calls not only for experienced energy managers, but also highly trained ones. Oh, and of course every energy manager certification should be recent and up to date. Certification programs for energy managers are one way to achieve this, and maybe you already have a few under your belt. But do you know how to add your energy manager certification to your LinkedIn profile? This post will walk you through the process step by step. Let's go!

Following DEXMA’s research and innovation strategy, DEXMA has launched a new R&D project called Eco-bot (Personalised ICT-tools for the Active Engagement of Consumers Towards Sustainable Energy). The aim of project Eco-bot is to build an energy efficiency chatbot that can deliver personalised information on disaggregated energy usage through an intelligent and interactive virtual assistant. The ultimate goal of the project is a larger one, though: to actually nudge human behaviour towards energy efficiency. Through an attractive front-end interface, the resulting chatbot will enable seamless communication in a more natural and interactive way than offered by traditional mobile applications or websites. Read on to learn more about this exciting R&D project at the leading edge of harnessing artificial intelligence for energy efficiency. 

For many energy managers, especially those just starting out, planning and implementing energy efficiency projects can feel like being lost in a never-ending maze. In a tiger-infested jungle. During a lightning storm. Okay, maybe not quite so dramatic - but you get the picture. The lengthycomplex and high-risk nature of energy efficiency projects is what compelled Texas-based energy manager Jeff Julia to help his fellow energy managers out: he decided to write a book about it. And not just your typical dry, boring energy management textbook, either. This award-winning work of fiction explores 6 situations in which any energy manager is bound to find themselves at some point in their career - and how to overcome them like an Alpha Energy Manager. In this exclusive interview with Dexma, hear from Jeff on what makes a winning energy efficiency project, which technologies fit where (including, yes, blockchain for energy), and how to minimise the biggest risk factors.