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Ranked Australia’s greenest power company by Greenpeace for two years running and backed by Meridian Energy, Australasia's largest 100% renewable generator, Powershop is a modern electricity provider passionate about the future of renewable energy in Australia.
Meridian Energy Ltd, Powershop’s parent company, is Australasia’s largest 100% renewable generator.
Meridian Energy owns and operates two wind farms in Australia, both of which are GreenPower accredited and support employment in regional areas.
*Based on an average household usage of 5MWh p.a.
To read more about how wind farms work, click here.
Powershop has always been a staunch advocate for increasing investment in renewable energy in Australia and promoting growth in the industry. Watch more here.
Meridian Energy Australia, one of our group companies, has been certified carbon neutral against the requirements of the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) by the Australian Government. Although it’s a bit of a mouthful, as the first power company to be accredited in Australia, we’re chuffed.
Meridian Energy Australia, Powershop, and all of our operations are certified carbon offset under the NCOS benchmark. But importantly for our customers, the NCOS accreditation applies to the electricity we sell as well.
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 Electricity Market.
Because we can’t control which electrons are actually delivered to your home or business, we made the decision to offset 100% of the carbon emissions associated with our customers’ electricity use, to help our customers reduce their carbon footprint.
Powershop are dedicated to sustainability and protecting our environment. One of the best things you can do to support renewable energy development in Australia is to purchase a GreenPower product.
Purchasing these products allows you to support Australia’s renewable energy sector by displacing your electricity usage with GreenPower accredited renewable energy certificates (RECs).
Our GreenPower products incorporate Meridian Green, which is accredited under the National GreenPower program. Each unit includes a premium to cover the cost of the RECs that we voluntarily surrender on your behalf.
By purchasing GreenPower you are displacing your electricity usage with certified renewable energy that has no net greenhouse gas emissions.The government-managed GreenPower Program independently audits us each year to ensure this is the case.
The great thing about purchasing GreenPower is you’re assisting GreenPower accredited generators to compete with fossil fuel generators, as the bulk of the premium you pay for GreenPower goes directly back to them through the REC process. That’s how you’re supporting Australia’s renewable energy sector when you purchase Meridian Green.
Australia has a strong reliance on fossil fuels. By purchasing GreenPower you’re minimising your impact on the environment and it means additional RECs are surrendered over and above the compulsory requirements set by the Renewable Energy Target. This clearly demonstrates that there’s a demand for renewables leading to continued growth, investment and promotion of the renewable energy sector.
Not only that, but you can feel great about investing in the future of Australia.
When you purchase 10% or more of your business' annual electricity consumption as GreenPower, you’re eligible to use the GreenPower Customer Logo on marketing materials to promote your commitment to reducing your business’ impact on the environment. As a GreenPower customer, if you purchase 50% or more of your annual usage as GreenPower, you can list your business on the GreenPower government website and can receive a GreenPower promotional pack to promote your support of renewable energy at your premises.
All you need to do is go to the GreenPower website once you’ve purchased the required amount of GreenPower and apply to use the GreenPower Customer Logo.
GreenPower products are purchased in the exact same way as any other product in our online shop. The beauty of it is you can choose the exact amount of GreenPower you want to purchase. You can choose to purchase 100% GreenPower to cover all of your usage (and even set a GreenPower pack as your default ‘Top-up Pack’) or only a portion - the choice is yours!
Without getting too technical, one REC represents one MWh (or 1000 kWh) of renewable electricity that has been generated by a 100% GreenPower accredited renewable energy source.
We’re a little different from most power companies. At Powershop, we actually want you to use less of what we sell – and we give you the tools to do just that.
With the Powershop App and online usage tools, you can track how much energy you’re using and take actions to reduce your consumption. Using less helps the planet and costs you less – proving being green doesn’t have to cost the earth.
Knowing how much energy you’re using is one of the best ways to help you start using less. But it’s also important to know what appliances in the home might be chewing up your bill.
Use our energy appliance calculator to check out what you're paying, on average, and what nasty greenhouse gases you're cooking up based on your state and size of household. Plus, you’ll find some extra tips for taming those energy-guzzling appliances.