…Is not Green Power.
To be crystal clear – these thoughts are my own, and not necessarily the same as those of my employer.
Ang and I participated in an excellent series of seminars at the Watershed in Newtown on sustainable living over the past few weeks. One of the interesting things was that there, in a group of a dozen or so people passionate about reducing their eco-footprint, only two people had signed up for Green Power. Most were aware of it, but had not looked into it for one reason or another (I’m not bagging anyone out here, just intrigued).
Asking the room why, they responded that they either didn’t think that renewable energy was the “real deal” or just some sham. Operators like AGL and Jack Green don’t help matters at all by deliberately obfuscating things.
Accredited Green Power is the way to go if you are interested in renewable energy. Look for the “green tick”. WWF-Australia has a list of Green Power providers in Australia, along with pointers to each provider’s information page. We’ll hopefully be doing more on this topic next year.
FTR, I signed up with Origin Energy on a 100% Green Power contract a few months ago. We just got our first bill, and though it’s hard to say, it seems cost comparable to previous months (a couple of $ more expensive for a three month period).