If you want to support renewable energy, the best thing you can do is to buy Green Power for your home or business.
Electricity in Australia is primarily supplied by fossil fuels. As an electricity consumer, you are therefore directly contributing to greenhouse gas emissions – each unit of electricity you buy means another unit of electricity needs to be generated, and usually this will be from a coal- or gas-fired power generator.
You do, however, have a choice in where your electricity comes from.
The majority of power companies in Australia offer Green Power products, accredited under the government-endorsed Green Power Accreditation Program. Under these products, the power company will buy renewable energy on your behalf. If you choose 100% Green Power, the power company will buy enough renewable energy to cover your consumption, and you can feel confident that you have eliminated the greenhouse gas emissions from your electricity use.
When you choose to buy a Green Power product, the few cents extra you pay in addition to your electricity account each day is invested in additional renewable energy projects making sure more renewable energy is built, and less greenhouse gas emissions are produced. Green Power goes beyond the mandatory industry requirements like the Renewable Energy Target.
The Green Power program was developed in consultation with the energy industry and various non-government organisations including the Australian Consumers Association, Greenpeace, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the World Wide Fund for Nature. The government’s Green Power accreditation program ensures publicly available independent auditing of a power company’s sales and purchases to make sure that they buy enough renewable energy to meet their customers needs. So when you buy Green Power, you know your power is 100% renewable, and your money is being invested back into the renewable energy sector.