Barend Dronkers, PEng, MSc

Barend Dronkers is a clean energy consultant who works on renewable energy (pre)-feasibility studies and project development, energy efficiency projects, energy management and community energy planning. Barend currently works as an Analyst at Energy Efficiency Alberta.

He has worked as an advisor to the Pembina Institute’s clean economy team, as a sustainability management consultant with Sun Solutions and clean technology researcher at a ‘circular economy’ startup, Metabolic. At Metabolic, he mapped neighborhood energy flows, including renewable energy project feasibility and demand side management options for Amsterdam’s “Circular Buiksloterham” sustainability project.

Barend’s expertise includes:
  • energy systems modelling including energy, lifecycle cost and environmental impacts;
  • data analytics, continuous business improvement and reporting;
  • clean energy design, engineering and project management;
  • clean technology assessment and public communication;
  • policy research and analysis; and
  • business development, market research and proposal writing

Between undergraduate and graduate studies, Barend spent a few years in Calgary working for Shell as a heavy oil facilities engineer, volunteering with Engineers Without Borders and starting Calgary’s Run to End Poverty. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.


Pembina Institute

Other publications

Cost and financing aspects of community renewable energy projects (International Energy Agency – Renewable Energy Technology Deployment, 2016)

Power purchase policies for remote Indigenous communities in Canada (World Wildlife Fund Canada, 2016)

What is Community Energy? (Energy Futures Lab, 2016)

Strategies for replication and scale of renewable energy in remote microgrids (Natural Resources Canada, 2015)

Energy mapping: an exploration of instruments that further the urban energy transition (TU Delft, 2015)

Sustainability Assessment at TU Delft: Establishing an environmental sustainability assessment standard as a pathway towards environmental monitoring and management at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, 2014)