The concept for the Better Power campaign came from GetUp members, who told us they wanted fresh ways they could use their power as consumers to move to a cleaner electricity company and drive change in the energy market.
We select companies that have strong environmental and consumer-friendly credentials – ones that embrace renewable energy, are affordable for everyday Australians and have a commitment to advancing Australia's clean energy future rather than relying on coal and other fossil fuels for their power generation.
Our key partner in New South Wales, Victoria and southeast Queensland is Powershop – Australia's only carbon neutral energy retailer, and one which is owned by a 100% renewable energy generator.
Australia's energy sector is dominated by big, polluting companies that have a bad track record when it comes to acting in the interests of consumers. The energy industry is the biggest contributor to carbon emissions in the country, making it critical to address the sector if we are serious about combating pollution from outdated, polluting technology.
Around 70% of Australians get their household energy through one of only three companies – AGL, Origin Energy, or EnergyAustralia. These three companies are among the worst polluters in the country, with all three owning massive coal-fired power stations and investing in or supporting coal seam gas (CSG). Yikes!
Household electricity is the core business of these companies, and every person who switches to a Better Power company sends an important message that everyday Australians aren't going to stay with companies that thrive on outdated, polluting fossil fuels at the expense of our natural environment.
Take a look at your own energy provider here to see how it stacks up against the competition, and click here to check out our report The Dirty 3: the truth about AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin.
Powershop is Australia’s first and only 100% carbon neutral power company, it has strong commitments against investing in coal and coal seam gas. It is owned by a 100% renewable energy generator with investments in wind, solar and hydro across Australia.
Powershop's owner Meridian Energy is Australasia's largest 100% renewable energy generator. It is a modern power company that's designed to empower its customers with online tools and apps and save them money in the process.
Meridian is a multi-billion dollar company listed on the ASX and NZX. It owns and operates a range of renewable energy assets across Australia and New Zealand, and is 51% owned by the New Zealand government.
Powershop impressed GetUp with its environmental credentials and its commitment to a sustainable, clean energy sector. It is Australia's only carbon neutral retailer, offsetting all the emissions its customers may produce via their electricity consumption. Not only that, it's owned by a 100% renewable energy generator with a commitment to only ever invest in renewables like wind and hydro, and never in dirty and polluting fossil fuels like coal and coal seam gas.
In fact, Powershop's parent company Meridian feeds more renewable energy into the grid than the total amount of electricity their retail customers use, meaning together they make a carbon and renewable positive contribution to Australian market. Because of its investments and its commitment to renewable energy, Powershop has been ranked greenest electricity retailer in Australia by Greenpeace three times in a row in their Green Electricity Guide.
Powershop also has a strong focus on customer service and consumer issues, with highly competitive rates across the markets they operate in.