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3rd April 2017
SCA Brave New Strata World Conference

SCA (QLD)’s 2017 conference at the Sheraton Mirage on the Gold Coast was a huge success. Read the winning essay on future of the strata industry. [More]
Energy Efficiency Should Not Devalue ...

A zebra like pattern on the floor caused by LED lighting may end up costing more than it saves.  Make sure you consider amenity in lighting design. [More]
Power of Choice

Australia has an energy crisis and funnily enough, that is what it took for strata schemes to start working as real communities to beat the energy price rises.  [More]
Last Month's Top Feature ...
Emerging Strata Social Networks

Mobile app solutions that attempt to interconnect owners, residents, strata managers, tradies and local councils to get things done more efficiently. [More]

Things You Need to Know About
 Embedded Networks in Strata
  1. 30% savings typical on overall energy bills for strata buildings
  2. 100% of owners need to vote to proceed
  3. Individual retail exemption required for Owners Corporations 
  4. Embedded Network Operator (ENO) will be the Owners Corporation
  5. Embedded Network Manager (ENM) chosen by the OC manages billing
  6. Full day power outage for installation to be planned well in advance
  7. National Meter Identifier (NMI) required for every smart meter installed
  8. Existing Embedded Networks upgrade ophan smart meters by Dec 2017
  9. "Power of Choice" to opt in or out for all participants is required
  10. Negotiate best rates if you bulk buy energy from your ENM
In Other News
Elon Musk Turns Aussie Energy Debate on its Head

Renew Economy
It took a couple of tweets, and at least one one-hour long phone call, but it seems pretty clear that Tesla founder, CEO and billionaire Elon Musk has helped turn the debate around energy policy in Australia on its head.
Price shock: Is the retail electricity market failing consumers?

Grattan Institute
The latest Grattan Institute report provides evidence that in the electricity retail sector, the anticipated price reductions have not happened, and innovation has been very slow in coming.
The Energy Market Explained

Clarke & Dawe, ABC News
For a bit of fun ... Clarke and Dawe nail Australia’s energy debate with their timely and insightful interview with Mr Wal Socket.
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