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  • C O M P A N YO V E R V I E W

    IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:

  • Written by: John OHanlon

    Produced by: Josef Smith

    PUTTING ENERGY in its place

    Climate change targets apart, businesses, utilities and facilities can save millions on energy by buying smart and cutting waste: Spotless Group has put together a

    business unit to help them do just that

  • Written by: John OHanlon

    Produced by: Josef Smith

    PUTTING ENERGY in its place

    Climate change targets apart, businesses, utilities and facilities can save millions on energy by buying smart and cutting waste: Spotless Group has put together a

    business unit to help them do just that

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    L isted on the ASX, Spotless is one of Australia and New Zealands largest and most diverse services groups with interests in facility management, catering and hospitality, cleaning, security, asset management, maintenance, HVAC, mechanical and electrical and utility support services. It started in 1946 with a single dry cleaning store in Melbourne and now employs more than 36,000 people. UASG delivers tailored utility and telecommunications service solutions across all sectors including government and large corporations, employing around 2,000 people. Over the last couple of years it made a decisive move into the field of contracted-out services when it put together the recently acquired entities Utility Asset Management (UAM), Skilltech (a meter reading company) and Fieldforce (a long established energy efficiency specialist) under the leadership of Stephen Ellich, a seasoned CEO with long experience in the telecommunications sector.

    Ellich heads up the Infrastructure, Telecommunications and Utilities

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    group sector within Spotless, and is CEO both of UASG and of the technical and engineering services contracting company AE Smith (AES). Acquired by Spotless in 2015, AES has built a great reputation in mechanical, electrical, energy, fire, hydraulics, plumbing and refrigeration work since it was founded in 1898. It was a considered a particularly good fit alongside

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    UASG, he explains: Many customers of Spotless have faced challenges with understanding and curtailing their energy spend, and also finding sustainability options around water consumption. Most of the public debate around energy conservation, including solar, wind and battery power, has been conducted at the consumer level, but there has been far less within the medium to large commercial and industrial sector.

    Key People

    Stephen EllichCEO of UASG & AES

    Stephen is a senior executive with a 20+ year proven track record of success in leading large, complex, national organisations through establishment, development and transformational change to deliver sustainable growth, profitability and strong operating cash flow. His business expertise has a strong focus on sustainable growth through innovation, combined with astute financial acumen, international experience and the maturity of a senior executive with Board experience, positions him to contribute at all levels.

  • Energy: the hidden costSpotless plays its part in that

    sector as a large facilities manager. Within the group, UASG has been able to identify a need and create a unique customer value

    proposition, he continues. We believe we can deal effectively with managing down a customers energy consumption and in doing so provide an immediate and long term economic benefit to those

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  • customers. Strategically, this involves moving the companys mindset away from the proposition that it would carry out project tasks for an agreed sum and then walk away. Instead consider the

    problem holistically, auditing the customers energy usage, identify the root causes and then engineer an end-to-end solution. In cases where the customer prefers not to fund the capital outlay involved, the

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  • Smart metering: effective way to reduce cost of energy

    With our experience of deploying smart meters: Great Britain (1million) and Australia (1.4 million), Secure can

    provide retailers in Australia with a solution that allows them to offer a high quality service to their

    customers. This solution can help consumers save money and reduce their carbon footprint.

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    Secure Australasia Pty Ltd258 Darebin Road, Fairfield VIC 3078, Australia | t: +61 3 9485 6000 | f: +61 3 9485 6099 | www.securetogether.com

  • SUPPLIER PROFILE

    Employees: 2500+ (globally), 40+ (Australia)Established: 1987 (globally), 2004 (Australia)Industry: Energy meteringServices: Electricity metering and data services

    Management:Michael Guy, Managing DirectorIan Levell, General Manager (Sales and Marketing)Peter Taylor, General Manager (AMI Solutions)

    Visit our website: www.securetogether.com

    Secure Australasia is part of a group focused on developing, manufacturing and deploying products and solutions for energy measurement and monitoring. Secure works across the entire energy chain, including utilities, energy retailers, commercial and homes. While we work at the frontiers of technology enabling smart energy control and management, we believe in focusing on customer and consumer needs. A 500 strong R&D team focuses on better smart grid and energy management solutions.

    A reflection of our commitment to our customers, our participation in the design and specification of products for the Australian market has culminated in a range of meters that meet all electronic metering requirements of standards and approvals specific to the region. The Melbourne site hosts a fully accredited NATA 17025 laboratory, delivering metering support services. Secure has over 1,400,000 smart meters deployed in Australia to date.

    As the energy optimisation and climate change debate intensifies, our group has been developing products and solutions, together with like-minded strategic partners to offer relevant and innovative

    solutions to our customers. The Secure UASG-Skilltech partnership is a reflection of this thinking.

    UASG-Skilltech have worked with Secure as the solution provider to deliver integrated and appropriate metering services to their customers, including:

    manuallyreadelectronicmeters embeddednetwork;point-to-multi point;meteringsystems fullend-to-endsmartmetering solutions.

    A recent project being undertaken through the partnership is for the upgrade of Secures 3 phase manually read meters at a 500+ apartment building complex. These meters will be upgraded to deliver data remotely through a point-to-multipoint RS485/3G solution. This will remove the need to manually read meters and provide tenants with more timely and accurate billing.

    Going forward, Secure is embracing reforms under the Power of Choice where metering will become contestable in turn promoting innovation leading to greater choice for customers.

  • Innovative Solutions for Modern Metering

    Strongcast is an innovative company manufacturing and supplying cutting edge ancillary products to the domestic water metering industry. We offer a unique consultation and development service with the capacity to structure infrastructural upgrades to reduce the amount of non-revenue water losses through the use of advanced products and strategies.

    2-6 Bishop DrivePort of Brisbane, QLD Australia 4178Phone: (07) 3207 1753Email: sales@strongcast.com.auWeb: www.strongcast.com.au

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    solution might involve a financial as well as an operational solution. The contractor funds deployment over a period of up to 15 years, under a model that delivers economic benefit to the customer from day one, with that benefit growing each year thenceforward.

    A good example of this was Spotlesss own laundry business. The 19 sites across Australia, some of them dating from the 1950s, faced increased annual energy costs of more than A$1 million as of 2017. Doing nothing was not an option, so UASG looked at replacing old and gas or electric boilers with the latest energy efficient gas micro turbines or co-generation plant as a way to generate power at a cheaper rate. Where appropriate, solar deployment is considered as well: low energy lighting, meter reconfiguration and water recycling solutions are also considered

    to improve efficiency. We can upgrade the critical infrastructure on site to provide a reduction in energy and water consumption using technology that will be able to deliver the same functionality at a much lower cost, he says. Though each case is unique, typically an investment of a couple of million dollars will be recovered by the customer within three years - thereafter those savings go direct to that customers bottom line. If UASG funds deployment the savings will be seen from year one, while capital costs are recovered over a longer period.

    Solutions like these apply to any high

    Innovative Solutions for Modern Metering

    Strongcast is an innovative company manufacturing and supplying cutting edge ancillary products to the domestic water metering industry. We offer a unique consultation and development service with the capacity to structure infrastructural upgrades to reduce the amount of non-