DSM University

The DSM University is a Leonardo ENERGY project that is targeted at:

  • Policymakers interested in learning about the costs and benefits of Demand Side Management and its impact on energy systems.
  • Managers keen to learn more about Organisations, Governance, Planning, Programme Structuring and Implementation Methods.
  • Programme Implementers wanting “Tricks of the Trade”.

The DSM University (DSMU) is built on 20 years of experience of the IEA DSM Implementing Agreement. DSMU provides access to the knowledge developed in the agreement in a structured way. In addition, DSMU aims to be a community of practice on DSM themes.

At the heart of the DSM-U are webinars. These are developed through our own material and with invited material from external specialists in research and business, and take place monthly.

Accessing the resources of the DSM University requires a one-time registration, which is free of charge.

The DSM-U is located on a web platform that allows Leonardo ENERGY to manage the material in a structured way and provide more formal training material as it develops. The web platform is based on Moodle and allows for a wide variety of interactive services such as forum, chat, wiki, survey, test, glossary etc. The DSM-U is accessed via www.dsmu.org and requires user registration.

DSM webinar schedule

The DSM University third quarter 2019

The DSM University is happy to announce that we are taking off for the first quarter of 2019 with webinar presentations that aim at providing information, cases, examples and motives for how DSM can be applied under different circumstances in terms of tradition, market and organisation.

We have noticed that actors sometimes feel hampered by such but also that only slight tweeks in the experience of others can turn into useful projects anywhere. Or as someone said: “Why make your own mistakes when you can learn from those of others?”. The same applies to success.

Webinar schedule 2019

Sep 2019 Lessons energy efficiency policy evaluation, Jean-Sébastien Broc, IEECP and Gregor Thenius, Austrian Energy Agency

Oct 2019 Putting users at the centre of EV grid integration, Julia Hildermeier and Christos Kolokathis, Regulatory Assistance Project

Nov 2019 Peer-to-Peer energy trading and community self-consumption in St Gallen – Verena Tiefenbeck, ETH Zurich

Dec 2019 User-centred energy service business models,  Ruth Mourik, DuneWorks

Listen to the latest webinars below

DSMU #47: The International Energy Agency’s Efficient World Scenario. Click here. Joe Ritchie and Kevin Lane, International Energy Agency (IEA).

DSMU #48 From EU Project to Market Enabler: Creating the Marketplace for Sustainable Energy Assets. Click here. Caroline Milne, Joule Assets.

DSMU#49 Global ESCO market updates. Click here. Jessica Glicker, IEA.

DSMU#50 Regulatory Sandboxes in the Energy Sector. Click here. Alexandra Schneiders.


You can also watch all DSMU webinars on YouTube without registration

Download DSMU flyer (September 2018) here
Download DSM University Annual Report 2016 here

Archived webinars

1. The Logic of DSM
DSMU#9. Behavioural changes are necessary to get the full impact on energy efficiency. What works and what doesn’t (part 1), Ruth Mourik, Task 24
DSMU#11. Capturing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency, Nina Campbell, New Task
DSMU#13. “Do not take away their steering wheel!“ How to achieve effective behavioural change in the transport and SME domain” (part 2), Ruth Mourik, Task 24
DSMU#24. Energy Efficiency: A strategy at the heart of the G20, Benoit Lebot and Zoe Lagarde
DSMU#27. DSM for the 21st century, Hans Nilsson
DSMU#42: Changing energy behaviour – what works? Karl Purcell
DSMU #43: Energy Consumption in Europe – why is it increasing and what are the policy implications? Samuel Thomas

2. Governance
DSMU#5. Impact evaluation of Energy Efficiency and DSM programmes, Harry Vreuls, Task 1-9
DSMU#19. Energy Efficiency Labels. What can be learnt from the European Success Story, Benoit Lebot, IPEEC
DSMU#20: Involving people in Smart Energy: A toolkit for utilities, energy agencies and smart city developers, Ludwig Karg, CEO of B.A.U.M Consult GmbH
DSMU#21: Advancing Utility Sector Energy Efficiency in the U.S.: Highlights of the ACEEE National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource, Martin Kushler, ACEEE
DSMU#22. Energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions: international standards & harmonised savings calculations in practise, Harry Vreuls Task 21
DSMU#25. Energy Efficiency Obligations – A Toolkit for success, Edith Bayer and Eoin Lees
DSMU#28. The IEA Energy Efficiency Market report 2016 – What it means for DSM!, Tyler Bryant
DSMU#30. From programmes to markets – how to leverage market forces for energy efficiency. Jan Rosenow RAP, Richard Cowart RAP and Sam Thomas, IEA
DSMU#35 Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT) – An Innovative Programme for Promote Industrial Energy Efficiency, Ajay Mathur, TERI, India
DSMU#46 Irish public sector programme. Ryan Alan, Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI)

3. Efficiency – Load Level
DSMU#1. ESCo market development: A role for Facilitators to play, Jan W. Bleyl, Task 16
DSMU#4. Best Practices in Designing and Implementing Energy Efficiency Obligation Schemes, David Crossley, RAP, Task 22
DSMU#7. Customized, Systemic, Strategic – the way to succeed with energy efficiency in industry, Catherine Cooremans, Business School of Geneva
DSMU#8. Taking Stock – 40 years of Industrial Energy Audits, Peter Mallaburn, UCL (eceee)
DSMU#14 Improving energy efficiency in SMEs – an interdisciplinary perspective, Patrick Thollander, Linköping University
DSMU#18. Simplified Measurement & Verification for Energy Savings – the Task 16 approach, Jan W. Bleyl
DSMU#26. Energy-Intensive Industries – energy efficiency policies and evaluations, Christian Stenqvist
DSMU#32. Big data for greater energy efficiency. Kornelis Blok
DSMU #37: How to design, implement and evaluate behaviour change interventions in hospitals. Sea Rotmann, Reuven Sussman and Kady Cowan
DSMU#39: Key findings from the IEA’s Energy Efficiency 2017 report. Joe Ritchie, IEA.
DSMU#47: The International Energy Agency’s Efficient World Scenario. Joe Ritchie and Kevin Lane, International Energy Agency (IEA).

4. Flexibility – Load Shape
DSMU#2. ISGAN Annex 2 Spotlight on Demand Management, Laura Marretta, ISGAN
DSMU#3. Using Demand-Side Management to Support Electricity Grids, David Crossley, RAP, Task 15
DSMU #15. Smart Grid Implementation – how to engage consumers? Yvonne Boerakker, Task 23
DSMU #44: Demand Response in US Markets: Lessons for a low-carbon transformation Mike Hogan, (RAP)
DSMU #45: Demand Flexibility as a Resource. Matt Golden, OpenEE

5. Integration
DSMU#6. Managing Variability, Uncertainty and Flexibility in Power Grids with High Penetration of Renewables, Lawrence Jones, Alstom
DSMU#16. Integrating renewables and enabling flexibility of households and buildings – results and experiences from successfully implemented projects, Task 17, Matthias Stifter AIT, Austria, René Kamphuis TNO, Netherlands
DSMU#31. Integration of energy efficiency and renewable energy – multiple benefits!, Peter Lund
DSMU#33. Blockchain applications for peer-to-peer community energy trading. David Shipworth
DSMU#40: Energy Efficiency for Municipalities, Kaelan Keys, EfficiencyOne, Nova Scotia
DSMU#50: Regulatory Sandboxes in the Energy Sector, Alexandra Schneiders.

6. Business Models
DSMU#10. How to make the best technology even better, BAT becomes BAT+, Hans Nilsson, Task 3
DSMU#12. Consequences of learning curves for energy policy, Clas-Otto Wene, Wenenergy AB, Sweden
DSMU#17. From selling Energy Efficiency to creating value, Ruth Mourik, Task 25
DSMU#23: Energy efficiency: a profit center for companies! A strategic and financial discussion of the mutliple benefits of energy efficiency, Catherine Cooremans, Task 26
DSMU#29: Mind your business, towards a more user-centered businessmodel, Renske Bouwknegt, Task 25
DSMU#34: Innovative Business Models for Scaling up Energy Efficiency, Saurabh Kumar, EESL, India
DSMU#36: Building Deep Energy Retrofit: Using Dynamic Cash Flow Analysis and Multiple Benefits to Convince Investors, Jan Bleyl, Task 16
DSMU#38: Installer Power: unlocking low carbon retrofit in private housing, Catrin Maby, Research and Consultancy
DSMU#41: Better Homes: a cooperative business solution. Nils Kåre Bruun, Denmark
DSMU #48 From EU Project to Market Enabler: Creating the Marketplace for Sustainable Energy Assets. Caroline Milne, Joule Assets Europe.
DSMU#49 Global ESCO market updates. Jessica Glicker, IEA.