The Australian government plans to ditch carbon tax in favour of incentives in an attempt to educate the population on how to use energy more responsibly. Billed as the Direct Action Plan, under this scheme, property owners will benefit from reduced utility bills tomorrow if they upgrade their energy system today.
The latest tables published by the Department of Climate Change rank Australia in a disappointing ninth place in spending to tackle climate change. The chances of hitting government energy targets have been described as “very small.” Environment Minister Greg Hunt believes the chances have improved since changes in manufacturing closed coal mines, but there is still a lot more that must be done to reduce carbon emissions by five per cent before 2020.
What is the Direct Action Plan?
The IPCC has warned national leaders they need to take action now if they are to succeed in meeting their energy targets. The coalition government has responded by introducing a direct action package which means property owners will be responsible for the amount of energy they use.
Incentives of lower utility bills are offered to property owners that take measures to lower their carbon footprint. A workforce of 15,000 trained supervisors aged between 17-24 will visit sites to advise property owners of the changes they can make to improve their energy efficiency.
Technology will also play a major part in the transformation. Embedded systems installed by private energy groups allow site owners of multi-tenant buildings to buy cheap electricity and sell it on to residents and/or business owners at a lower cost than traditional methods of supplying energy.
Utility Providers Prepare for the Future
The challenge against climate change requires short-term action for long-term benefits and utility providers rewire buildings with the latest technologies to bring them in line with renewable energy sources finding their way into the market.
In the absence of a market leader in the energy field, an alternative solution in the form of embedded networks has emerged as the interim front runner as it allows property owners to manage their energy use with greater awareness, and in doing so reduce the cost of utility bills.
Switching your energy supplier to a private utility provider enables multi-tenant property owners to take advantage of reduced fees for bulk buying electricity which can then be sold on to tenants for rates lower than those currently charged by Australian power companies.
Embedded network technology records how much energy has been used by individual household or multiple-facility areas so that utility management staff can identify areas of a building that can be made more energy efficient.