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Demand Management Community Education Program



This project aimed to:

The project was initiated by the South Australian government in response to the rising cost of providing power to remote communities. It was conducted by Bushlight (a division of the Centre for Appropriate Technology) and carried out in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands, Maralinga Tjarutja lands and further south in Yalata.

Some key findings of the research component of the project were:

Outcomes of the education component of the program included that:

The program concluded that the absence of a pricing-signal for electricity and a lack of energy consumption feedback to residents both influence how much power is used. Further education and appropriate community engagement that recognises cultural context is required to contribute to effective demand management.

Abstract adapted from Bushlight


Centre for Appropriate Technology
Head Office
Desert Peoples Centre
Desert Knowledge Precinct
South Stuart Highway
PO Box 8044
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8959 6100
Fax: (08) 8959 6111

Evaluated publications

Bushlight (2013)

Safe and smart power program: demand management community education program.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology

This report from the Centre for Appropriate Technology on the Demand Management Community Education Program is designed for the communities that participated in the program, and local community and land councils.

The Demand management community education program aimed to:

This report is a shorter version of the report delivered to the government, and includes information on the posters and booklets Bushlight used and their findings from the program. It is hoped that the report will act as an aid for people in communities to make decisions about how they use power, and will assist the government in making decisions about how they supply power into the future.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Bushlight (2013)

Demand management community education program.

Alice Springs: Centre for Appropriate Technology


Last updated: 24 May 2017
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