Although energy conservation is not designated to any one individual, and energy conservation will contribute to creating a sustainable future, Terry McConnell, business and industry relationship manager at Energex, said that with electricity being cheap and readily available in Australia—rated fourth most affordable of OECD nations—the concept of energy efficiency and peak demand appears to have taken a back seat.
As part of the Queensland Government’s new energy conservation communities program, Energex in conjunction with the local authorities, is trying to increase and promote awareness about conservation and electricity peak demand
McConnell spoke of the factors that needed to be addressed and identified—among which consumer education and engagement are essential to reducing energy consumption during peak hours. McConnell emphasized that customers had to realize that everything energy companies do costs money and failing to do so caused difficulties when utility costs rose.
He did, however, acknowledge the fact that changing consumers' electricity consumption was a difficult and complex process as they couldn't visualize the energy crisis in concrete terms. While consumer education was vital to managing energy consumption, some companies were also trying to reduce costs by implementing energy management plans.
At IQPC’s (News - Alert) Demand Management and Energy Conservation Conference scheduled for 07 - 08 June, 2011 in Sydney, NSW, industry stakeholders and leaders will gather to discuss the latest innovations and strategies to energy demand management.
McConnell in particular will explore about how energy companies can reduce costs by concentrating on energy conservation and decreasing consumer demand. Speakers’ presentations will showcase examples that will highlight demand management initiatives and drive home the point that early intervention by energy utilities to manage peak demand would lead to long-term benefits for energy customers and utilities.
QPC provides business executives with tailored practical conferences, large scale events, topical seminars and in-house training programs, keeping them up-to-date with industry trends, technological developments and the regulatory landscape. Demand management and energy conservation have been developed to improve the performance of network assets through the efficient management of peak load customer demand.Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Janice McDuffee