First things first let’s explain how electricity is transported to your home or business. Check it out by looking at the image below or scroll down to read more.
1. Generation - Electricity is generated by power plants big, small, dirty, or green (We are all over this one, our parent company, Meridian Energy Australia, only manages and operates renewable energy generating assets. Tick!)
2. The Grid - This electricity is then sent into the wholesale electrical grid, or simply, “the Grid”.
3. Delivered to you - From the Grid, electricity then gets sent to homes and businesses through distribution lines. (Because all of the energy is combined in the "Grid" we have no control over what type of electricity you get delivered in this step).
In comes the Carbon Neutral Network accreditation
The Carbon Neutral Network accreditation (previously known as NCOS) is backed by the Australian Government. In short this accredits any business that they are carbon neutral from an operations point of view - including the product or service they’re selling, which in our case is electricity and gas! Fun fact - we were the first retail energy provider in Australia to get that tick of approval! Way back in 2014!
But wait - how can the Australian Government say the electricity and gas we provide to our customers is carbon neutral if we can’t say it’s clean renewable energy because it comes from the Grid? That’s where carbon certificates, or Certified Emission Reduction certificates (CER), come in.
In pretty picture summary: