Green Energy Action
- Created on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 12:22
Total Environment Centre and Greenpeace have released the most in-depth and independent guide in Australia to your power purchase choices. It's part of our advocacy to make the national electricity market environmentally responsible.
TEC has been working for a decade to reform the National Electricity Market to improve its environmental outcomes. We do this by advocating for regulatory reform to improve energy efficiency, reduce peak demand, and support the growth of renewable energy and community energy projects.
TEC and Greenpeace have created the Green Electricity Guide to help you make more informed choices when it comes to your electricity supply - the biggest source of greenhouse emissions in Australia. But there is more we need to do. The guide scores retailers above all on how much they have invested in fossil fuel or renewable energy power stations, and on the carbon pollution emitted by those power stations. However, retailers buy energy from other power stations and on the spot and futures markets, and may sell some of the energy from their own power stations to other retailers. This makes it impossible to know exactly how much carbon pollution is being produced by each retailer.
In some other countries, such as the UK, this information is publicly available, and we want to make it available in Australia too. TEC wants to change the rules to require retailers to calculate and disclose once a year the carbon pollution from all the electricity they have sold in the past year. Most of the big, dirty but powerful retailers won't want to provide this information, saying it is too expensive and complicated. We disagree, and need your support to convince regulators it's a reform that many consumers also want to see.