Merger of BLUBERRIES and plenum

With effect from the 1st January 2019, our previous cooperation partner, plenum AG, has acquired all shares in BLUBERRIES GmbH. Nonetheless, until the integration of the companies has been completed, BLUBERRIES GmbH will continue to be managed as an independent company.
Through the merger, the two companies will be in a position to provide consulting services that cover almost the entire value-chain of the energy industry. Through the merger plenum/BLUBERRIES are positioning themselves to be a reliable and highly qualified partner for our customers to overcome the future challenges that the energy industry faces.

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BLUBERRIES achieves Great Place to Work certification

BLUBERRIES has successfully participated in the certification program Great Place to Work®. We are proud to be honored as an “attractive employer”.

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Conferences

12.02.2019
BLUBERRIES on E-world Energy & Water 2019

Three successful days at Europe’s largest fair for the energy industry lie behind us.

Increased internationality and more decision-makers: E-world energy & water established itself even more as the leading fair for the energy industry. With the motto Smart City and Energy Solutions, the energy sector met in Essen from 5th to 7th February. At our stand in Hall 2 we were able to welcome many visitors, acquaintances and friends from the industry as well as former and perhaps some new colleagues. While enjoying delicious blueberry muffins we had interesting conversations.

This year we focussed on topics like the implementation of the GDPR, market liberalisation in Eastern Europe, the future viability of companies and a new customer focus in the sense of adapted marketing strategies. The third day of the fair was once again dedicated to applicants.

Fascinating challenges such as e-mobility, renewable energies, digitisation and agile business models in times of change were discussed. We are eager to see which of the trends will prevail in the future and look forward to successfully shaping these challenges together with our customers.

We would like to thank you for three impressive days in Essen and look forward to seeing you again – at the latest at E-world 2020.

08.11.2018
BLUBERRIES meets Global Power & Energy Exhibition 2018

Andreas Pointvogl about current trends in the energy market and consequences for residential customers.

“What will the future of energy supply for households look like?” Andreas Pointvogl tried to answer this exciting question at the Global Power & Energy Exhibition on 18th September in Barcelona.

During the technical part of the day, he presented BLUBERRIES’ competences in new business models, future regulatory and technical developments, and its impacts on tariffs to the audience of one of the largest energy exhibitions world-wide. Andreas pointed out what opportunities and challenges arise for the energy industry as a consequence of current trends in this sector. We thank our hosts for this energizing day and want to integrate the input into successful future projects.

26.09.2018
Digitalisation in the energy sector

“Digitalisation is manageable and has to pay off” this is the conclusion of all participants in the workshop at 20. September 2018.

The workshop was offered by BLUBERRIES and the Verband Schleswig-Holsteiner Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft (VSHEW – federation of Schleswig-Holstein energy and water management). At the event, which was hosted in Nortorf, Schleswig-Holstein, intensive discussions about trends and challenges of the digitalisation in the energy sector took place. BLUBERRIES presented practical concepts and strategies on how municipal utilities (Stadtwerke) can master these challenges.

One of the highlights was the presentation of chat bots developed by BLUBERRIES, which are able to work in different fields of the working environment of municipal utilities.

Worth Knowing

11.02.2019
Merger of BLUBERRIES and plenum

With effect from the 1st January 2019, our previous cooperation partner, plenum AG, has acquired all shares in BLUBERRIES GmbH. Nonetheless, until the integration of the companies has been completed, BLUBERRIES GmbH will continue to be managed as an independent company.
Through the merger, the two companies will be in a position to provide consulting services that cover almost the entire value-chain of the energy industry. Through the merger plenum/BLUBERRIES are positioning themselves to be a reliable and highly qualified partner for our customers to overcome the future challenges that the energy industry faces.

About plenum AG:

plenum AG Management Consulting is an independent, medium-sized, partner-led management consultancy. The company was founded in 1986 in Frankfurt am Main. Today, it has around 70 specialized consultants with an average of more than 10 years of consulting and project experience. plenum focuses on five key competence areas: digitalization, regulation, IT management, operational excellence and change. plenum focuses on providing consultancy services in three economic sectors: the banking and insurance sector as well as to the energy sector.

The merger of these two companies, plenum and BLUBERRIES, offers the customers of both companies’ new opportunities to benefit from an even broader field of expertise from a single source:

  • plenum/BLUBERRIES jointly cover all core processes, from the technical, asset-related processes of production, transport and distribution through to trade and sales of energy services
  • Given the position of plenum/BLUBERRIES at the intersection of business and IT, plenum/BLUBERRIES are perfect fit to be consultants for the key challenges facing the energy industry
  • The shared experience in optimizing corporate governance and administration enhances the staffing opportunities that plenum/BLUBERRIES can offer its customers in regard to projects with implementation and change-management focus in central business functions
  • Through the merger, plenum/BLUBERRIES will be in a much better position to offer services for future challenges along the entire value chain
  • Customers can continue to expect the usual high-quality work – enhanced with additional expertise and a wider knowledgebase

We look forward to our joint future as well as expanding our know-how with which we can now even better support our customers.

30.01.2019
BLUBERRIES achieves Great Place to Work certification

BLUBERRIES has successfully participated in the certification program Great Place to Work®. We are proud to be honored as an “attractive employer”.

Great Place to Work is a leading expert in promoting an attractive and forward-looking workplace culture. The internationally recognized “Great Place to Work Certified” programme follows transparent and internationally proven standards. Basis of the certification is an anonymous survey of the employees on the quality of their work experience as well as an analysis of the personnel development measures. The results provide companies with valuable new impulses for designing a future-oriented workplace culture. Particular attention is paid to values such as credible, fair leadership and active promotion of employees.

At BLUBERRIES it is natural that all employees regularly take part in trainings, for example on methods of agile project management or the development of soft skills. We at BLUBERRIES are very proud of the certification! Of course, we will continue to work together to nurture and develop our culture of support and cohesion. This is one of the components to support our clients in a cooperative manner.

18.01.2019
BLUBBERRIES is cited in renowned journals and publications

Liked… and not only by us. The study about success potentials of newly founded municipial utilities is cited in several renowned journals and publications.

BLUBERRIES has highlighted the success factors of newly founded municipal utilities together with the Wuppertal Institute. Those who want to get an overview of the study impressions of the team around Dr. Christian Herr and Dr. Kurt Berlo can do this here:

EconStore | Energie und Management | Energate-Messenger | EUWID – neue Energie | ZFK – Zeitung für kommunale Wirtschaft | RathausConsult | Der neue Kämmerer | ASEW

Those of you who are interested in the whole study can find it under following link (in German): Studie – Erfolgspotentiale bei neugegründeten Stadtwerken

16.02.2018
BLUBERRIES consultants travel climate-neutral

BLUBERRIES supports a project from the UN-platform for voluntary CO2-cancellation.

BLUBERRIES supports a project from the UN-platform for voluntary cancellation of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2016 BLUBERRIES emitted 160 tons of CO2 for work-related travel activities. BLUBERRIES decided to support the Solar Water Heater Program in India. The project aims to increase the use of solar power resources in India by distributing more solar water heaters and a reduction of electricity consumption, which will help in economic and ecological ways. You can find further information about this project via this link.

In case you are interested in the accompanying data analyses and applied methods, feel free to contact Dr. Tobias Heldt (tobias.heldt@bluberries.de).

19.10.2018
Success potential of newly founded municipal utilities

BLUBERRIES and Wuppertal Institute conducted a study looking at factors of economic success of newly founded municipal utilities (Stadtwerke).

Municipal utilities (Stadtwerke) play a central role for the energy transition. On the one hand, they ensure well over half of the supply of electricity, gas and heat in Germany. On the other hand, municipal utilities have a special position in the area of tension between politics, business, and private households due to their municipal roots. Therefore, the question of the study was: How do newly founded municipal utilities achieve and ensure economic success? This question has been central to the study conducted by BLUBERRIES and Wuppertal Institute.

Based on an online survey, the most important results for the four fields of action (cooperation, digitisation, resilience and social responsibility) that have been taken into focus, can be summarised as follows:

  1. Cooperation and various forms of collaboration in the start-up stage play a very important role regarding the success of newly established municipal utilities.
  2. Focussing on resilience sustainability and climate protection as integral parts of the corporate idea makes a significant contribution to achieving the aims of newly founded municipal utilities.
  3. Offering Smart Meters helps to increase customer insights, benefits of customers as well as improve distribution grid management. These do not only support the organisations in the start-up stage, but also in following stages.
  4. The direct perception of social responsibility is linked positively to economic success.

You can read the full study here (Language: German)

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