Barend Dronkers oversees product development and strategy for E Source Customer Energy Solutions research and advisory services and data tools. He helps utility members exceed their goals related to energy programs, emerging technologies, and decarbonization. He previously worked as a lead researcher, covering topics such as energy efficiency, demand response, distributed energy resource technologies, and EVs. His expertise includes energy efficiency portfolio and program design, potential studies, technical reference manuals, cost-effectiveness testing, and benchmarking and financing programs. Barend has nearly 10 years of professional experience in engineering, policy, and energy transitioning planning from his positions at Energy Efficiency Alberta, the Pembina Institute, and Shell. He is also a fellow of the Energy Futures Lab. Barend earned a master of sustainable energy technology from the Delft University of Technology and is a Waterloo engineering graduate.

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3 innovative technologies that can benefit utilities and their customers

Barend Dronkers, Sara Patnaude
November 17, 2022

We recently discussed 10 up-and-coming technologies and concepts as part of our Fall 2022 tech roundup webinar. Here’s a look at three of our favorites from the list: EV telematics, low-voltage heat pumps, and residential HVAC fault detection and diagnostics.

Highlights of the top utility technologies and trends of 2021

Barend Dronkers, Jesse Hitchcock, Bryan Jungers, Liza Minor, Spencer Sator
January 26, 2022

Each year, our Customer Energy Solutions team highlights the top 20 utility technologies and trends. In this blog post, we share a few of those techs and trends, including advancements in windows, distributed energy resource management systems, building electrification, and cost-effectiveness tests.