If you haven’t heard of Powershop (or even if you have), you might not know that they have been offsetting 100% of the carbon associated with the production of their customers’ electricity since 2014 – at no extra cost to their customers. In fact, Powershop are the first and only 100% carbon neutral energy retailer and are certified against the requirements of the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) by the Australian Government.
However, no matter which energy retailer you buy your electricity from, it all comes from the same central pool because all energy retailers in Australia buy their electricity from the National Energy Market (NEM).
Since Powershop can’t control which electrons are actually delivered to their customers’ home or business, they made the decision to offset 100% of the carbon emissions associated with their customers’ electricity use, to help customers reduce their carbon footprint.
Carbon offsetting is a process that involves a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide (or greenhouse gases) in order to compensate for, or to offset, an emission already made elsewhere. To do this, Powershop purchase Certified Emission Reduction (CER) certificates from sustainability projects around the world.
Although Powershop are backed by a 100% renewable energy generation company and have no investments in fossil fuels or coal seam gas, Powershop undertake carbon offsetting as an additional way to have a positive impact on the environment, and because they know that Australians want to contribute to a better future.
Here are some more reasons why Powershop are a cleaner power company:
- Their related company, Meridian Energy, own and operate two wind farms – Mt Mercer just outside Ballarat in Victoria, and Mt Millar in South Australia.
- With flexible purchasing options, Powershop customers are given the flexibility to buy as much or as little GreenPower from Powershop as they like. This allows customers to further support the renewable energy industry in Australia.
- They have been ranked Australia’s greenest power company two years running (2014 and 2015). *
- Powershop have no investments in fossil fuels and actively campaign against coal seam gas.
- Powershop’s online usage tools and smartphone app were created to give customers more visibility over how much they use, so they can make decisions to use less and decrease their impact on the environment.
* Greenpeace Green Electricity Guide, 2014 & 2015