How $6.45 billion in effective subsidies goes up in smoke
Australia's biggest polluters are taking us for a $6.45 billion ride. It's time to take the power back.
For too long, Australians have been footing the bill for the damage energy companies do to our health, our local communities and our natural environment.
Now, GetUp's Dirty Dozen report has exposed the extent of effective subsidies provided to the worst-polluting power plants in the country – and the figures are shocking.
Based on the latest data, Australians are hit for more than $6.45 billion a year in effective subsidies to the 12 dirtiest power plants in Australia. That's just the tip of the iceberg, with more recent estimates pegging these subsidies at a devastating $39 billion for one year alone.
These power plants are owned by a handful of companies like AGL, Origin, GDF Suez and EnergyAustralia – and the worst part is 70% of us are directly contributing cash to them by having them as our household electricity retailers.
You can't change the electricity you get from the grid, but you can switch retailers to ensure you're not paying these coal-investing companies one more cent.
The good news is there is now a great alternative for the majority of Australians like you who don't want to keep giving money to dirty polluters, and want to support renewable energy instead.
For the Better Power campaign, GetUp has partnered with Powershop, ranked the greenest energy retailer in Australia by Greenpeace two years running to offer people a better choice when it comes to their household electricity. Powershop has also been ranked among the cheapest retailers in New South Wales and Victoria by the St Vincent de Paul Society's Tariff Tracker and the Victorian Government's Essential Services Commission.
Plus, For every person that switches as part of this campaign, GetUp receives a payment, so everyone who makes the move is also helping the environment by raising funds for GetUp’s important work in the sector.
More than 15,000 people have already made the switch, walking away from their old, dirty power company for a low-cost, greener alternative. Will you join them?