Throughout the last decade the popularity of embedded networks in Australian construction programs and new building sites has soared, making it one of the most favoured modes of complex-wide electrical energy distribution in the country today. But, just why is it that these privately-owned networks have come to the fore for large scale developers, and what’s made them one of the veritable trump cards in a modern site manager’s hand? To answer that question, it’s first necessary to understand exactly what they are.
An embedded network is essentially the most effective and simple mode of utilities distribution for large, privately-owned, building complexes. Through a series of substations, meter gates and sub meter gates, power is diverted directly off the national grid and into homes, shops and institutions on a network that’s entirely isolated on a single, standalone site.
The usage of individual tenants and shop letters is subsequently measured through other gauges that calculate electricity consumption in each pocket of the embedded grid, from flats to shop spaces, outdoor street lighting and even general use communal areas. What’s more, tenants are usually given an opt-out choice, to decide if they’d like to purchase their electricity from the national system in the traditional way, or direct from the site manager through embedded network. This means that there’s nothing compulsory involved, and competitive tariff rates are still available due to the ever-looming possibility that people will revert to other providers.
But why would someone decide to opt-in and what are the benefits of getting energy directly from a substation located on site that’s managed and controlled by specific complex managers?
Well, firstly, money. It’s no secret that in Australia wholesale energy buyers receive considerably better tariff rates, and that larger complexes are able to cut bills drastically by micromanaging their own grids. This is precisely what embedded networks do, allowing individual tenants to opt into a larger cooperative whereby everyone on-site becomes part of a sort of conglomerate buyer who receives cut wholesale rates that are then passed onto individuals.
But it’s not just cheaper for the tenants, it’s cheaper for the landlords too. By using embedded networks to distribute energy on single sites, letters and homeowners can essentially convert electricity use on their rented properties into an additional revenue stream, charging tenants a mark-up rate on already discounted tariffs to generate more income from each individual contract. That way, everyone wins.
Embedded network models also transfer more and more control to on-site maintenance, meaning larger complexes are not so reliant on the national engineering services to keep juice flowing through the wires. Now that’s got to be a good thing, right?
Becoming the leading utilities innovator, Active Utilities is a leading supplier of embedded networks for Australian multi-tenant locations with managed utility services that include communication data, electricity, water and gas, as well creating new revenue opportunities for their partners. With a reputation built on both what they do and how they do it, Active Utilities are focused on providing long-term solutions to their clients.