We care about Australia's renewable energy future

If you’re reading this it’s because you’re interested in renewable energy. Well, so are we.

Powershop Australia is proudly owned by a 100% renewable energy company. Meridian Energy own and manage hydro-plants and wind farms in New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia.

It doesn’t end there. All of our customers' energy use is 100% carbon offset - at no extra cost to them.

Why is this important? Because of the nature of how electricity is provided to homes and businesses across Australia, no one can guarantee where the electricity at your power point has come from. So we double down by making sure that any potential carbon produced in the making of our customers’ energy is offset by the planting of trees and other green initiatives around the world, all accredited by the UN and at zero additional cost to our customers.


For more information read on below or visit our detailed pages on Carbon neutrality, Greenpower and our Renewable generation.

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Meet Meridian's renewable energy asset family!

They even have one in the oven

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At Meridian Energy Australia, Hydroelectricity and wind power is where it’s at! We’re super proud to call these hydro dams and wind turbines our brothers and sisters in arms.

Mt Millar Wind Farm

The Mt Millar Wind Farm was the first wind farm in South Australia to use direct drive turbines that don’t have gear boxes.

Mount Millar wind farm

Mt Mercer Wind Farm

The power that’s generated at Mt Mercer is enough to result in a reduction of some 510,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Mount Mercer wind farm

Hepburn Wind Farm

Hepburn Wind is the owner and operator of Australia’s first community-owned wind farm. We partner with Hepburn Wind to manage Gale and Gusto and provide top class expertise to help maintain the community owned wind farm.

Hepburn wind farm

Salt Creek Wind Farm

A 2012 study found that for every 50 MW in capacity, a wind farm delivers $250,000 per year for farmers in land rental income and $80,000 on community projects each year.

Salt Creek wind farm

Crudine Ridge Wind Farm

The estimated annual greenhouse gas savings from the Crudine Ridge project is 325,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

Crudine Ridge wind farm

Hume Hydro

Hydro power accounted for 33.9 per cent of the renewable electricity produced in Australia in 2017.

Hume Hydro power station

Burrinjuck Hydro

The dam is about 60 kilometres south-west of Yass. Unfortunately, the cast of Queer Eye did not visit when they were filming in Yass. We did offer though.

Burrinjuck hydro station

Blue Rock Hydro

Signing the Blue Rock PPA, and other PPAs in 2018 helped us to drop prices for our customers across Australia.

Blue Rock hydro station

100% Carbon neutral

Our customer’s energy usage is 100% carbon neutral

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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:

graphic with text about different energy station sources
graphic with text about how energy combines into the grid
graphic of a home and light bulb with text explaining the energy souce cannot be controlled
graphic and text abhout how Powershop offsets 100 percent of customer carbon emissions
graphic of an electric hydro stationa nd text explaining carbon certificates
graphic of a home explaining you can rest easy knowing your energy at Powershop is 100 percent carbon offset

* We commit to using Certified Emission Reduction certificates. These certify that emissions have been reduced by a Clean Development Mechanism project project verified under the Kyoto Protocol.


What are Certified Emission Reduction (CER) certificates?

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Anywhere in the world there are sustainability projects being undertaken that help take carbon dioxide (greenhouse gases) out of the atmosphere. These projects are developed under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Clean Development Mechanism, and through this framework CERs are generated and sold to businesses on an open market who are looking to offset their own carbon emissions.

It’s through this mechanism that any business can become carbon neutral by funding these sustainability projects through the purchase of these CERs which we have done on the behalf of our customers, making their energy use 100% carbon neutral.

Read more about CERs here

How much carbon do you produce? Try our carbon calculator


We love solar!

And not just wind and water

We like our energy the same way we like our eggs, sunny side up (sorry). We in Australia are blessed with the sun’s powerful rays and so it’s only natural that we’re big fans of solar energy.

Solar energy is brighter with Powershop

Just starting to think about adding solar to your rooftop? Browse our Solar Hub to get some easy to understand pointers on:

Ready to take the plunge? Our Better Solar program is our free, don’t-even-have-to-be-a-customer, advisory service on who the best solar providers are in your area.


Is a greener company even affordable?

(hint: yes it is)

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There’s a misconception that just because we’re greener, we’d be expensive - but we’re not! Put us to the test and see if our prices stack up!

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Canstar Blue

Most Trusted National Energy Provider 2020

Finder

Green Energy Retailer 2020

Roy Morgan

Electricity Provider of the Year 2019


We don’t just love renewable energy

We love our neighbourhood too

Reef restoration

Our ‘Your Community Energy’ Powerpack allows customers to pay for power and support environmental initiatives at the same time. Your Community Energy is currently supporting the Reef Restoration Foundation to help restore coral on the Great Barrier Reef.

Curb your power

We're passionate about a cleaner and more resilient energy future. That's why we run a demand response program called Curb Your Power for Victorian Powershop customers to reduce the demand on the grid during peak times and earn rewards!

Power it forward

We launched the Power It Forward Powerpack in early 2020 that allowed our customers to support Powershoppers affected by the bushfires by purchasing power.

Free power days

In 2019 we ran our first ever ‘Free Power Day’, giving our customers a day of free power to celebrate when the wind was blowing at our wind farms.


Learn what else make Powershop great

Besides our fondness for pink

So we’ve covered how we’re a greener power company - learn what else our customers love about being a Powershop customer. Check out some of these cool features that help you keep your energy costs down:

Powerpacks

Buy a Powerpack to cover your past, current or future energy usage. The savings get bigger the further ahead you buy.

Our app

You can keep tabs on your energy usage, pay your bill and refer friends for discounts all in one handy app.

Energy saving tips

We've got some tips and tricks to help you take control of your energy costs.

Pond Party!

This book is about climate change affected animals, and the importance of saving energy. Free for all to read and play!

100% carbon neutral

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