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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Heat pumps seem ready for prime time, so what’s the hold up?

Barend Dronkers
April 10, 2024

The murmurings about heat pumps were loud at this year’s American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Hot Air Forum in Atlanta. Check out this blog post to learn what I observed while presenting at and attending the event.

5 innovative technologies utilities should keep an eye on in 2024

Barend Dronkers, Dannah Moore
January 31, 2024

Ready for five of the most promising technologies we discussed in our recent Winter 2023 Tech Roundup? Check out this blog post to find out which technologies you should keep an eye on in 2024.

5 standout technologies from the Winter 2023 Tech Roundup

Barend Dronkers, Dannah Moore
January 19, 2024

Our Tech Roundup webinars keep you up to date on the latest developments in efficiency, load management, and decarbonization technologies. Here, we highlight several technologies we covered in the Winter 2023 Tech Roundup.

3 standout technologies from the Summer 2023 tech roundup

Barend Dronkers, David Gordon
July 6, 2023

Twice a year, we host a webinar to share the latest developments in efficiency, load management, and decarbonization technologies. We chose three technologies or concepts from the Summer 2023 tech roundup to highlight here, along with three to keep an eye on.

Virtual power plants: How the E Source DER Insights Center gives utilities valuable insights into affordable solutions

Barend Dronkers, Rachel Cooper
May 17, 2023

Virtual power plants (VPPs) are making a comeback, but utilities often need complex software to coordinate and deploy these technologies. In this blog post, we explore how the E Source DER Insights Center can help utilities build VPPs and design effective distributed energy resource (DER) programs.