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Digitally driven energy management practices in SMEs : exploring potentials and barriers

  • Innovative digital technologies open up new opportun­ ities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve energy efficiency and energy management behavior. The question is: How far will SMEs be capable of profiting from the benefits of these new technologies? Using technology screening, this study identifies smart metering and mobile energy monitoring as digital technologies best addressing SMEs' specific demands. In addition, potentials and limitations of the technologies are investigated in two qualitative in-depth field trials. Barriers to adopting digitally enabled energy management practices are examined. The results indicate that visualising energy data enables SMEs to pursue new energy management practices for reducingInnovative digital technologies open up new opportun­ ities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve energy efficiency and energy management behavior. The question is: How far will SMEs be capable of profiting from the benefits of these new technologies? Using technology screening, this study identifies smart metering and mobile energy monitoring as digital technologies best addressing SMEs' specific demands. In addition, potentials and limitations of the technologies are investigated in two qualitative in-depth field trials. Barriers to adopting digitally enabled energy management practices are examined. The results indicate that visualising energy data enables SMEs to pursue new energy management practices for reducing energy consumption and costs (such as peak load analysis). SMEs need extensive guidance to identify and pursue these strategies. In conclusion, an exploratory adoption model for digitally enabled energy management practices is developed. Hypotheses for future experimental studies and policy implications are derived.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Peer-Reviewed Article
Author:Lukas Hilger, Felix Große-Kreul, Christoph Feldhaus, Thorsten Schneiders
URN (citable link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bsz:wup4-opus-80081
DOI (citable link):https://doi.org/10.5771/0042-059X-2022-3-360
Year of Publication:2022
Language:English
Source Title (English):Die Unternehmung
Volume:76
Issue:3
First Page:360
Last Page:380
Divisions:Zukünftige Energie- und Industriesysteme
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Wirtschaft
OpenAIRE:OpenAIRE
Licence:License LogoIn Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt