Congratulations on your decision to consider playing an active role in solving our Energy Management problems. In doing so you undertake to make a significant contribution towards solving what are self-inflicted Energy Management problems; recognising that they are all thereby self preventable and self correctable. Having become more aware of our Energy Management situation in Australia, you have been awakened to the possibility that you can make a significant difference as part of your embarking upon a journey of self-transformation by way of information empowerment, innovation and mindfulness. Recognising how ordinary people can, through the power of their numbers, our democratic voting rights, our purchasing powers and of social media, collaborate in bringing about a shift in both your personal and our social mindsets. We also recognised that Australia is well placed with relevant natural resources and skilled people to lead the world in effective Energy Management. While there are significant personal benefits to be gained, you also recognise that there are community, business, government and environmental benefits to be gained from an effective national approach to our Energy Management – in cost reductions, innovation, increased productivity, improved infrastructure and reduced carbon emissions.
What can you, as an ordinary person and taxpayer, do towards addressing our Energy Management problems through your own Action Plan?
- Reduce your electricity cost
- Reduce your personal carbon emissions and your contribution to environmental pollution
- Be more mindful of the opportunities to reduce energy consumption and make more productive use that which you do consume
- Reduce electricity usage especially during peak period (hot summer days, peak hour, ) to flatten out peak demand and reduce infrastructure costs
- Invest in community-based renewable energy sources, battery backup and trading in electricity supply:demand
What can we, as a member of our community and society generally, do to influence government, business, unions and industry lobby groups in developing an effective national Energy Management Policy and Scheme for the benefit of all parties concerned and our environment?
- Reduce Electricity costs – energy costs continue to increase (average 9%, with SA over 100% per year)
- Reduce cost of gas – gas prices continue to increase despite a surplus in supply, leverage its lower carbon footprint as an alternative to increasing coal powered generation, adopt a distributed approach to a national grid battery backup system especially for intermittent renewable energy sources (like solar and wind). Stabilise supply and put downward pressure prices on gas prices to reduce the electricity burden on business who naturally to pass on such costs to us the consumer in increased product and service charges. Rationalise the amount of gas exported towards a better balance with our local power demands
- Improve infrastructure planning – to deliver affordable, secure electricity and gas supply with the ability to support progressive increases in renewable energy sources (solar & wind) and a shift to a national grid of battery backup with effective governance
- Adopt a national energy policy that includes nationally coordinated, integrated and distributed energy and climate policy
- Reform extent of regulation, to especially address gas supply blockages and community opposition to its use as an alternative to coal
- Reduce carbon emissions and our high dependency on coal-powered electricity generation
In each of the above social opportunities consider how, through the use of social media, we as a community might better collaborate, innovate and communicate our desires to solve our big Energy Management problems. Having a common shared goal of using our people power to insist that the will of the people be not only heard but acted upon in unison across the width and breath of government and business. If Donald Trump can get elected through the effective use of a singular Twitter account, how effective might people power utilise social media (like Facebook) altruistically and a website (like YSH) in solving our current Energy Management problems.
Until an Energy Management SME is found to take upon responsibility for this subject matter, there is no Accountability step which ordinarily follows. In the Accountability step we outline the progress being made by the participating members of this special interests group in solving our current Energy Management problems.
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