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A friend recently changed to Powershop becuase she was told it that it was an ethical company that cared more about the environment - and was offering a great 18% discount. Given that all energy to homes from the grid comes from the same pool of brown coal and renewable sources how does a small company like Powershop stack up against the rest in terms of ethics, care for Australian communities and renewables portfolio?
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This is a big topic – so I’ll provide some info to help the discussion.
How does the energy industry work?
Generators (like us) must sell all of their electricity to the National Electricity Market (NEM). The NEM is the wholesale electricity market for the electrically connected states and territories of eastern and southern Australia - find out more). Distributors manage the supply of the electricity (they’re the poles and wires guys). Retailers (that’s us too!) sell the energy to consumers.
So as a generator, AGL produces renewable energy for the whole market (if you're interested, check out our renewable assets here) But we also act as a retailer – we have 100% GreenPower accredited options for consumers, as well as home solar systems, and we are constantly working on new technologies to support the low/zero-emission future of the energy market in Australia.
What we stand for and our communities
AGL does lots of work with communities across the country – we proudly support Zoos Victoria and the AGL Marine Rescue Unit, we power the Richmond Tigers and the iconic Skipping Girl, we also run the Energy for Life program, giving our employees the opportunity to get involved in volunteering and fundraising events in lots of different areas. At the end of 2014 we launched the Affordability Initiative - we committed $6 million over the next three years as part of a program of improvements to provide greater support for vulnerable energy customers.
I hope this info has been helpful! The energy industry is complicated, so if anyone has any questions or can expand on this info, we’d love to hear from you.